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The University of Oklahoma (OU), located in Norman, Oklahoma, is a public, research university. The coeducational school was established in 1890, 17 years before Oklahoma became an official State. OU enrolls approximately 30,000 students. The University offers a broad range of baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate programs.

University of Oklahoma enrolls more National Merit Scholars than any other public university (currently over 700) and is ranked among the top ten in producing Rhodes Scholars. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized OU as a research university with "very high research activity," and PC Magazine and The Princeton Review included OU on their lists of "20 Most Wired Colleges". Two notable museums reside on the University's Norman campus: the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, which predominately features Native American artwork and works of French Impressionism; and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

The athletic teams at OU, known as the Sooners, are nationally renowned. The school's Division I football team has claimed seven NCAA National Football Championships, earning it the highest winning percentage of any Division I-FBS team since 1936. OU's baseball team and softball team have each won two National Championships, and its gymnastics teams have scored four National Championships.

OU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

OU offers 152 bachelor's programs, 160 master's programs, 20 first professional level majors, and 75 doctoral programs. These programs are divided among 15 colleges. Some of the undergraduate majors include geology, petroleum engineering, meteorology, energy management, law, architecture, medicine, dance, and Native American studies.

OU has been ranked among the 50 best public institutions in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and the 101st best among all universities in the country.

Online Degrees and Programs

OU offers approximately 3,000 for-credit and non-credit online courses. Undergraduate degree programs are available in liberal studies, administrative leadership, cultural studies, aviation, and criminal justice. Graduate degrees include human and health services administration, museum studies, administrative leadership, communications, economics, prevention science, international relations, human relations, social work, organizational leadership, and criminal justice.

Financial Aid

OU administers a variety of federal, state, and institutional grant and loan programs, including Pell Grants and Perkins Loans. The federal work-study program is available for students demonstrating financial need; merit and financial scholarships are also available. Those middle-class students who may not qualify for some federal aid programs can apply for the Sooner Heritage Scholarship.


The library system for the University of Oklahoma is headquartered in Bizzell Memorial Library. It is the state's biggest research library with more than 4.7 million volumes. By number of volumes held, it is the 27th largest research library in North America. While Bizzell is OU's main library, other program-specific libraries include the Chemistry and Mathematics Library, the Architecture Library, the Engineering Library, the Fine Arts Library, and the Youngblood Energy Library (Geology Library).


OU athletic teams are nicknamed the Sooners and they participate in the Big 12 Conference. Nine sports for men and women compete at the national level. The most notable sports program is the football program, which has won a number of national championships, conference championships, and has produced NFL players like Troy Aikman. The men's gymnastics team has also claimed a number of national titles.


With a few exceptions, the State of Oklahoma requires that all freshmen live on campus. OU offers five residence halls. Three of the halls—Adams Center, Walker Center, and Couch Center—are called "The Towers". These three halls are located near each other and house nearly 4,000 students. The fourth residence hall is Cate Center, which houses the Academic Arts Community and both honors and non-honors students. The final residence hall, which was completed in 2013, is Headington Hall. It has space for approximately 400 students, half of whom are intercollegiate athletes.

After freshman year, students are free to move off-campus, and the University owns apartment buildings that are available for rent. Other students, drawn by the low cost of living in the area, choose off-campus apartments or homes not affiliated with the University.

General Information

Admission Office
550 Parrington Oval, L-1
Norman, OK 73019-3032
(405) 325-2151
(800) 234-6868
Fax: (405) 325-7478
[email protected]
Contact: Craig Hayes
Executive Director of Recruitment Services
Main Address
660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK 73019-0390
(405) 325-0311
Total undergrads: 20,736
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,803
Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,350
Graduate enrollment: 6,829

Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 82%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 83%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $6,507 $7,423 $7,483 $7,864 +5.09%
Books and Supplies $953 $958 $1,016 $1,030 +1.38%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,058 $7,376 $7,598 $7,826 +3.00%
Other $3,453 $3,498 $3,693 $3,988 +7.99%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $17,971 $19,255 $19,790 $20,708 +4.64%
In-state Off Campus $7,460 $8,381 $8,499 $8,894 +4.65%
In-state with Family $7,460 $8,381 $8,499 $8,894 +4.65%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $3,893
In-state Student Fees $2,523
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $14,167
Out-of-state Student Fees $2,523

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,020 82%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,020 82% $20,362,509 $6,743
– Federal grants 954 26% $3,872,880 $4,060
– Pell grants 700 19% $2,380,685 $3,401
– Other federal grants 650 18% $1,492,195 $2,296
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,720 47% $6,400,225 $3,721
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,460 67% $10,089,404 $4,101
Student loan financial aid 1,666 45% $8,607,482 $5,167
– Federal student loans 1,425 39% $6,820,764 $4,787
– Other student loans 241 7% $1,786,718 $7,414

All Majors and Degree Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3315 1577 382
Architecture and Related Services 53 31
Architecture 33 9
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 20
Environmental Design/Architecture 20
Landscape Architecture 2
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 24 3
African-American/Black Studies 9
American Indian/Native American Studies 9 3
European Studies/Civilization
Latin American Studies
Russian Studies
Women's Studies 6
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 215 11 9
Biochemistry 31
Botany/Plant Biology 4 2 3
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 2
Microbiology 52 3 2
Neuroscience 1
Zoology/Animal Biology 128 6 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 628 524 6
Accounting 103 39
Business Administration and Management 29 72 6
Business/Managerial Economics 15
Construction Management 25 10
Finance 84
Human Resources Development
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 86 385
Knowledge Management 1
Management Information Systems 34 6
Marketing/Marketing Management 83
Organizational Behavior Studies 169 11
Real Estate
Communication and Journalism Programs 364 33 10
Advertising 96
Broadcast Journalism 28
Journalism 161 20
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 79 13 10
Computing and Information Sciences 32 17 1
Computer Science 24 17 1
Information Science/Studies 8
Education 153 119 24
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 59 4
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 40
Educational Leadership and Administration 16 11
Educational/Instructional Technology 13
Elementary Education and Teaching 57
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 10
Foreign Language Teacher Education 2
Mathematics Teacher Education 5
Music Teacher Education 11 5 2
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 9
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3 1
Social Studies Teacher Education 13
Special Education and Teaching 6 6 2
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 16 4
Engineering 321 106 41
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 17 6 2
Architectural Engineering 2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 8 2
Chemical Engineering 42 5 7
Civil Engineering 31 16 2
Computer Engineering 12
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 26 27 11
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 11
Engineering 1
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 4 3 2
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Industrial Engineering 45 7 5
Mechanical Engineering 66 20 7
Petroleum Engineering 65 11 3
Telecommunications Engineering 2
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 68 9 3
Creative Writing 5
English Language and Literature 68 4 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 82 9
Chinese Language and Literature 3
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 12
French Language and Literature 9 4
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7 3
Italian Language and Literature
Linguistics 14
Russian Language and Literature 4
Spanish Language and Literature 33 2
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 13
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 13
History 72 12 8
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 4 1
History 72 8 7
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 5
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 5
Human Services 35 200
Public Administration 7 74
Social Work 28 126
Legal and Law Studies 179
Law 179
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 247 114
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 62
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 163 114
Library Science 59
Library and Information Science 59
Mathematics and Statistics 30 5 5
Mathematics 30 5 5
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 90 133 6
International/Global Studies 90 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 127 6
Natural Sciences
Natural Resources and Conservation 1 2 1
Environmental Science 1 2 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 95 10 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 95 10 3
Physical Sciences 121 57 37
Astronomy 1
Astrophysics 1
Chemistry 41 19 17
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology and Earth Science 16 13 4
Geophysics and Seismology 6 5 3
Meteorology 52 14 3
Physics 4 6 10
Psychology 138 6 24
Counseling Psychology 9
Educational Psychology 4
Psychology 138 6 11
School Psychology
Social Sciences 337 68 15
Anthropology 34 11 1
Economics 50 48 2
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1
Geography 19 3 4
Political Science and Government 92 4 6
Sociology 141 2 2
Transportation and Materials Moving 35
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology 35
Visual and Performing Arts 169 36 10
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 15 6
Art/Art Studies
Dance 20 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 21 5
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 29
Fine/Studio Arts 46 3
Interior Design 10
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance 10
Music 15 21
Musical Theater 13
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B
Environmental Design B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
Native American Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music Pedagogy B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Botany B
Microbiology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Construction Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Development C
Human Relations B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism
Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Information Sciences/Systems B

Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Architectural Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Engineering Physics B
Environmental Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Petroleum B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Chinese B
Classics B
French B
Germanic Languages B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Dental Hygiene B
Diagnostic Medical Sonography B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Nursing (RN) B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Global Studies B
International/Global studies C
Multidisciplinary Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Geophysics/Seismology B
Geosciences B
Meteorology B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Administration B
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving
Air Transportation B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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