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University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
The University of Oklahoma, founded in 1892, is a public, comprehensive institution. It is rapidly becoming a pacesetter for public higher education. The school's current students have the best academic records in the history of the state. OU ranks first per capita among public universities in the nation in the number of National Merit Scholars on its campus and second only to Harvard among all universities in the United States. Many of the school's faculty members and programs have established international reputations. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Continuing Education, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Geosciences, and Liberal Studies. The U of Oklahoma provides outstanding educational experiences for students both inside and outside the classroom. It is one of the few public universities to receive the Templeton Foundation Award as a Character-Building College for stressing the value of community. To encourage more informal contacts between faculty and students and to enhance opportunities for mentoring, every floor in the residence halls and all fraternities and sororities have adopted individual faculty members in the Adopt-A-Prof program. OU has also established a faculty-in-residence program in which faculty members and their families live in apartments in the student residence halls. Its 3,200-acre campus is located in Norman, 15 miles south of Oklahoma City.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 21,609
   Women 10,558 (48.9%)
   Men 11,051 (51.1%)
Graduate Students 6,309
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 70% of 14,522 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.62
SAT Math 608 average
540-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 595 average
520-665 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $27,308
Out-of-state: $41,630
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $10,881
Out-of-state: $25,203
  Room and Board $10,280
Average Percent of Need Met 80%
Average Freshman Award $13,032
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,511
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Norman Population 115,562
Nearest Metropolitan Area Oklahoma City
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 87% of freshmen, 30% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Sooners
Sororities 34% of women participate
Fraternities 24% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 4.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.5% Asian
5.1% Black/African-American
9.8% Hispanic/Latino
8.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
64.0% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students 5.3% from 111 countries
First-Year Students Returning 90.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 39.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 35%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported