Students Say

The University of Oklahoma (OU), located in Norman, OK, outranks all other public universities in National Merit Scholars, and boasts 152 undergraduate degree programs. It is an “intellectually fertile, opportunity-laden public research institution” with a “rich tradition of community” that offers “an Ivy League quality education within a public university.” OU has over 30,000 students, but still manages to have a “small town feel” that is “very comfortable and welcoming.” Students call OU “not just a school,” but “a place to meet others in the OU family, be a part of long-standing traditions,” and “receive a quality education from challenging courses.”

Overview

Applicants
11,331
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

The University of Oklahoma (OU), located in Norman, OK, outranks all other public universities in National Merit Scholars, and boasts 152 undergraduate degree programs. It is an “intellectually fertile, opportunity-laden public research institution” with a “rich tradition of community” that offers “an Ivy League quality education within a public university.” OU has over 30,000 students, but still manages to have a “small town feel” that is “very comfortable and welcoming.” Students call OU “not just a school,” but “a place to meet others in the OU family, be a part of long-standing traditions,” and “receive a quality education from challenging courses.” Home of the Sooners football team, which won seven national championships, it’s no wonder OU’s school spirit is strong. The University also boasts 27 overall NCAA National Championships, and a host of other athletic championships and accolades. Though OU “might be known for its athletic program,” student say “academics don’t suffer from it.” OU has “fantastic,” “engaging,” “encouraging” “professors that truly care for the well-being of the students.” “The professors here don’t feel like your average teachers,” notes a Psychology and Economics major, “but exceptional instructors who relate on a personal basis and actually help you comprehend the material.” OU gives “tons of opportunities to its students,” including “jobs, networking, study abroad” programs and more. The university combines “tradition with advancement to encourage you to become the best version of yourself possible” says an Elementary Education major. Student after student noted the sense of “family” everyone has at OU, as well as the importance of “tradition, unity, and togetherness.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.5:1
Total Faculty
1,859
with Terminal Degree
1,426

1,061
Men
798
Women
356
Minority
145
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
37%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Construction Management
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Meteorology
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


David Boren
Former OK Gov.and U.S. Senator, current OU President

Bart Conner
Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast

Cliff Hudson
Chairman, President and CEO of SONIC Corp.

Rick Bayless
Chef and television host, winner of Bravo's Top Chef Masters

Spencer Tilman
Former professional football player and CBS Broadcaster

Sharon Turney
CEO, Victoria's Secret

Randall Stephenson
CEO & Chairman, AT&T Inc.

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

At OU, the “career services are impeccable,” so naturally students feel “ready for the future.” There are “creative programs that provide real-world experience” and “opportunities to really develop oneself outside the classroom.” A student-run advertising and public relations agency or the National Weather Center are just a few places where students may hone their skills on campus. OU emphasizes community service through “million dollar help programs like the Writing Center, Free Action Tutoring, Project Threshold, etc.” Students also receive career advice and counseling from professors who “leave their office doors open” and are happy to discuss “not only class but life after OU.” Students feel a sense of global awareness at OU and a desire to better the world. Nearly sixty percent of alumni who visited the website Payscale.com regard their jobs as meaningful. And, according to the same site, the average salary for recent grads is $47,700.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
37%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$47,700

Median Mid-Career Salary
$82,300

Alumni with High Job Meaning
57%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
88

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Tuition, fees, and room and board at OU run about $16,821 per year for Oklahoma residents. Nonresidents can expect to pay in the range of $29,595 a year. About 88 percent of undergrads here receive some type of financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and tuition waivers.

Bang For Your Buck

The University of Oklahoma’s tuition and fees remain perennially low when compared to its peer institutions in the Big Twelve athletic conference, and OU is mighty proud of its dedication to providing financial assistance to students who want to attend. Alumni are loyal, and the fundraising machine is epic. In fact, OU’s Campaign for Scholarships has raised over $230 million since its launch in 2005. As far as scholarships go, OU offers several meritand need-based aid programs to students including those based on such criteria as academics, leadership, and extracurricular interests. Funds cover up to the full cost of tuition, and are available to Oklahoma residents and nonresidents.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,614

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,756

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,490

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,151

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,815

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,296
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,682
Required Fees
$5,794
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$714

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,203

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

A typical OU student is “friendly,” “down to earth,” “aware,” and “motivated.” They have a “nice balance” between their “academic and social lives” and are committed to “volunteering,” “sports” and “Greek life.” Many students join a fraternity or sorority. Incoming students are most likely to “fit in” by “being involved on campus” and joining “lot of organizations.” Students describe their classmates as primarily “white, upper-middle class, and Christian,” but “with a “with a broad mix of international and minority students.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
21,844
Out of State
32%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
111

Demographics

4.16%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
6.21%
Asian
4.80%
African-American
9.36%
Hispanic
65.64%
Caucasian
2.28%
Unknown
5.83%
International

50% female
50% male
32% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time

Overview

Students Say

OU is home to a host of strong athletic teams and students frequent “football games and other athletic events for fun.” During the fall, “most students attend at least one football game.” “Greek life” is also “very important.” Some complain that “if you’re not in a fraternity or sorority, there’s not a lot to do on campus on the weekends.” Others, though, say “there are many opportunities to be involved on campus,” including “free movie nights and pool.” There is always “something going on, and whether it be a sports event or a fine arts event, the quality is always excellent.” Students can visit the world-renowned art in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art or the 26-foot tall dinosaur (an Apatosaurus!) at OU’s Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. There is also “Campus Corner,” which has “restaurants, bars and boutiques.” And it’s also “an easy drive to the movies, a nice restaurant, or night life.” Students note that the “social atmosphere is very alive most of the time.” But it’s not all about football and parties. “People are very considerate of one another and make efforts to support each other during rough times,” notes a Psychology and Mathematics major. That extends beyond campus as well, and students take advantage of “all kinds of volunteering opportunities.” In fact, “every year everyone on campus drops what they’re doing for one weekend to spend all day volunteering in the local Norman and Oklahoma City communities.” Students value their commitment to community service. “We genuinely care for one another and are very passionate about the university,” says one student. “I cannot imagine there being a happier campus than OU anywhere in the country.” Or, as another says: “Life is great.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Suzette Dyer

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Comprehensive report of a psychoeducational assessment that is reasonably current using adult norms that measures aptitude, academic achievement and information processing ie.WAIS-3, WJPEB-R

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Comprehensive report of a psychoeducational assessment that is reasonably current using adult norms that measures aptitude, academic achievement and information processing ie.WAIS-3, WJPEB-R, DSM-IV diagnosis, medication and side effects if any.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
397
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
21
Number of Religious Organizations
39

26% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Sooners)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Sooners)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Programs are based out of both the GLBTF student organization, Women's Outreach Center, and Health Services. http://www.ou.edu/glbtf http://goddard.ou.edu http://studentlife.ou.edu

Minority Support Groups: They are administered through the Center for Student Life. http://studentlife.ou.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
60

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
351

Average Number of PC's per Lab
35

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
We have established programs with Apple, Dell, Lenovo and HP. All available products are viewable at itstore.ou.edu

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Prospective Student Services

Address
550 Parrington Oval, L-1
Norman, OK 73019-3032

Phone
405-325-2151

Email
ou-pss@ou.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Sta
Sam Noble Ok. Museum of Natural History
Oklahoma Memorial Union
Bizzell Memorial Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Campus Corner Shops & Restaurants
OKC Bricktown
OKC National Memorial & Museum
Chesapeake Energy Arena (OKC)
University North Park district

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday
M-F 8-5, S 9-12
405-325-2151

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F: 9am and 2pm weekdays or 9:30am Sat. (excl. holidays)
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F: 9am and 2pm weekdays or 9:30 am Sat

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Prospective Student Services

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Will Rogers World Airport is 20 miles from Norman and serves as the closest commercial airport. There are shuttles, buses and taxis that transport visitors to and from Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Metro Transit Cart buses nave routes that cover Norman every half hour to hour. Metro Transit also offers daily service to and from Oklahoma City.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-35 from OKC Take Main Street Downtown exit, East. Follow Main Street for 2.2 miles to University Blvd. Turn right (south) on University Blvd. Go through Boyd Street (first stop light) and into the North Oval of the University. There are eight (8) visitor parking spaces as you enter the Oval and fifteen (15) spaces available as you leave the Oval. In order to park on campus, you must obtain a Visitor Parking permit inside Jacobson Hall. Your license tag number will be required to issue the parking permit. I-35 from Dallas Take Lindsey Street East exit. Follow Lindsey Street for 1.6 miles to Elm Street, turn left (north). Go to Boyd Street, turn right (east). Go approximately one block to University Blvd. Turn right into the North Oval. There are eight (8) visitor parking spaces as you enter the Oval and fifteen (15) available as you leave the Oval. You must obtain a visitors parking permit in order to park on campus from the receptionist inside Jacobson Hall. Your license tag will be required to issue the parking permit.

Local Accommodations
Local accommodations include, Embassy Suites (2501 Conference Dr., 405-364-8040; The Cutting Garden Bed and Breakfast (927 W. Boyd, 405-329-4522); Days Inn (609 Interstate Dr., 800-DAYSINN); Econolodge (100 26th Dr., 800-55ECONO); Fairfield Inn by Marriott (301 Norman Center Court, 405-447-1661); Guest Inn (2543 West Main Street , 800.460.4619); Hampton Inn (309 Norman Court Center, 73072, 800-HAMPTON); Holiday Inn (1000 Interstate Drive, 1-800-HOLIDAY); Holmberg House Bed and Breakfast (766 De Barr Ave., 405-321-6221); La Quinta Inns and Suites 930 Ed Noble Parkway I-35 and Lindsey, 1-800-NU-ROOMS); The Montford Inn Bed and Breakfast and Cottage (322 Tonhawa St., 800-321-8969); Residence Inn (2681 Jefferson, 800-331-3131); The Travelodge (225 N. Interstate Drive, 405-329-194)
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Key Stats

11,331
Applicants
21,844
Size
81%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists