Students Say

Students “just swell with school pride” when they talk about the University of Oklahoma. They note, for example, that this “dynamic,” “affordable,” and “very research-oriented” institution reels in a slew of national merit scholars. They extol the “extensive” study abroad program. The meteorology program is “outstanding.” “The engineering facilities are fantastic,” and the campus as a whole is “gorgeous” and “well-kept.” “The library is beautiful,” reports a journalism major. “I could live in there.” Like at any similar “big-time university,” “the education here is what you make of it.” “Anyone who truly wants to learn and achieve can find all sorts of opportunities.”

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
520 - 670
SAT Math
540 - 670
ACT Composite
23 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Overall

Students Say

Students “just swell with school pride” when they talk about the University of Oklahoma. They note, for example, that this “dynamic,” “affordable,” and “very research-oriented” institution reels in a slew of national merit scholars. They extol the “extensive” study abroad program. The meteorology program is “outstanding.” “The engineering facilities are fantastic,” and the campus as a whole is “gorgeous” and “well-kept.” “The library is beautiful,” reports a journalism major. “I could live in there.” Like at any similar “big-time university,” “the education here is what you make of it.” “Anyone who truly wants to learn and achieve can find all sorts of opportunities.” Then again, “if you just want to get by,” you can “take easy blow-off classes.” The faculty runs the gamut as well. “Most professors are great,” relates an industrial engineering major. They “know what they are talking about,” and they’re “approachable.” Professors “usually lecture more than they promote discussions.” “The best can keep you riveted until the very end of the class period,” promises an economics major. Others are “dry” and “overeager” teaching assistants “could use some work.” Also, lower-level courses are often “huge,” and they tend occur in “ancient coliseum-type” spaces.

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
55%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
81
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
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
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

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

Overall

Students Say

The typical student here is “pretty laid-back,” “very good at prioritizing,” “in some sort of organization or club,” and “from Oklahoma or Texas.” That student also “loves football,” has “a penchant for fun,” and has “no outrageous features.” OU is home to “a wide variety of students with different political, religious, and economic backgrounds” though, and “there are plenty of options for every major and lifestyle.” A lot of students come from a “suburban background” while “many come from small towns.” There’s also a “quite impressive” contingent of international students. Many students are “vaguely to devoutly Christian.” Politically, “the atmosphere on campus tends to be conservative,” but the left is well-represented. “We have a ton of liberals,” relates one student, “and they are very much liberal.” “There are the fraternity dudes and sorority girls” dressed in “North Face apparel and Nike shorts.” “You have your partiers, hardcore studiers, and those in between who may lean one way or the other.”

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

“There are tons of organizations” on OU’s campus, and “there’s no way you could possibly be bored.” “From the Indonesian Student Association to the Bocce Ball League of Excellence, there’s a group for” you. “The programming board here brings in a lot of great acts and keeps us very entertained in the middle of Oklahoma,” adds one student. “School spirit is rampant,” and intercollegiate athletics are insanely popular—particularly football. “Not everyone likes Sooner football,” but it sure seems that way. Students at OU “live and breathe football” “to the point of near-frightening cultism.” Game days in the fall are “an unforgettable experience,” because “the campus goes into a frenzy.” Fraternities and sororities are also “a large part of social life.” Some students insist that the Greek system isn’t a dominant feature of the OU landscape. “You hardly notice their presence” if you’re not involved, they say, and “The majority of students aren’t involved.” Other students disagree. “Greek life is really big, unfortunately,” they tell us. “It feels as though everyone here is Greek,” and “there is a division” between the students who pledge and the students who don’t. The “friendly and cute little town” of Norman is reportedly an ideal place to spend a day when not in class. Right next to campus is an area “full of” boutique shops and “a fine selection of bars and restaurants.” “Norman is such a great town,” gushes one student. “It’s not too little to be boring but not too big to be impersonal.”

Campus Life

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

Quality of life rating
91
First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
86

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

Green Rating
80

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
1200
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists