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University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK

Research the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, Oklahoma. Learn about OU's admissions procedures, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma was founded in 1890 by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature. In 2012, the university was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as tied for 101st among all national universities. This publication also ranked the school's pharmacy graduate program as 32nd in 2008, graduate law program as 71st in 2011 and graduate business program as 91st in the nation in 2011. OU enrolls the largest number of National Merit Scholars of any public university in the United States and is among the top ten public universities in the nation for number of Rhodes Scholar graduates.


The University of Oklahoma offers 163 bachelor's-level majors, 157 majors at the master's level and 109 doctoral and professional majors through 21 undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges. These colleges include: the University College, College of Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Graduate College and the College of Law. In 2010, multi-/interdisciplinary studies, psychology and organizational behavior studies were the top majors for undergraduate students.

Students at OU have the opportunity to study over 200 programs in more than 30 countries around the world. The school also offers students the opportunity to participate in one of the three U.S. military ROTC programs.


The University of Oklahoma accepts undergraduate applications for admission by April 1st for the summer and fall semesters and by November 1st for the spring semester; the application fee for all applicants is $40. Applications can be submitted online or by mail. Applicants are notified of their admission status 4-6 weeks after the school receives all application materials. Prospective freshman students must submit official high school transcripts, a financial aid application, SAT or ACT scores, AP or CLEP test scores and essays.

Transfer students are encouraged to apply online by April 1st for summer or fall admission and by November 1st for spring admission. Transfer students will need to meet minimum GPA requirements for their previous postsecondary coursework, and the minimum requirements vary by the school or college housing the program the student is applying to. Transfer applicants must provide high school and college transcripts, a financial aid application, essays and SAT or ACT scores (if less than 24 semester hours of college-level work have been completed prior to transfer).

Prospective graduate students may apply online and should be prepared to submit the Graduate Program application, a departmental application, college transcripts, letters of recommendation and graduate test scores. These students should consult departmental websites for specific admission requirements and application deadlines.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition for undergraduate students for the 2011-2012 academic year was $8,324.50 for in-state students and $19,277.50 for out-of-state students. Room and board was $8,060 per year. At that same time, in-state graduate students paid $5,627 per year and out-of-state graduate students $13,718 per year.

Undergraduate financial aid packages may include grants, university or outside scholarships, university student employment, federal work-study funding and federal student loans. The university also offers merit and need-based scholarships.

Graduate student funding options are dependent upon the program. Aid options available to graduate students include university scholarships, travel and research grants, fellowships, graduate college tuition waivers, teaching and research assistantships, external scholarships and awards, and federal student loans.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's degrees, post-master's certificates, doctoral degrees (research/scholarship, professional practice)*
Religious Affiliation Not applicable*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Small suburb*
Student Body 20,495 undergraduate and 6,643 graduate students (Fall 2011)*
Student Housing There are 9 undergraduate residence halls and on-campus apartments available on a first-come, first-served basis**
Schools and Programs 21 schools and colleges offering 163 bachelor's, 157 master's and 109 doctoral majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (411)*
Master's: Human Resources Management and Services (310)*
Doctorate: Law (163)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 30% in four years*
63% in six years*
66% in eight years*
Admission Rate 82% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 4,000 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 85% (full-time students)*
50% (part-time students)*
Average ACT Composite Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 23-29 in Fall 2011*
Application Due Date April 1st for summer or fall semester admission**
November 1st for spring semester admission**
Decision Notification Date Applicants are typically notified of their status 4-6 weeks after all application materials are received**
Tuition $8,324.50 for in-state and $19,277.50 for out-of-state undergraduate students per year (2011-2012)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011 (full-time beginning undergraduate students):
Federal grants (27%)*
State and local grants (28%)*
Institutional grants and scholarships (62%)*
Federal student loans (40%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 79% of full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Oklahoma.

University of Oklahoma Contact Information

  • Address: University of Oklahoma, Office of Admissions, 1000 Asp Ave., Buchanan Hall, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019
  • Phone: (405) 325-2252
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