What Possibilities! Those are the words the University of Oklahoma’s first president, David Ross Boyd, uttered when he first stepped off the train in Norman and looked across the land on which the university would eventually stand. Now, more than 125 years later, those words still ring true.
On a campus of 22,000 undergraduates, students enjoy all the advantages of being at a flagship, public research institution while also being part of a group that is small enough to foster a deep connection to the OU Family.
With more than 170 majors, many of which are ranked among the best in the nation, students can embrace academic growth, seizing experiential learning opportunities or engaging in undergraduate research. OU is a pacesetter for public higher education, achieving the 2018 Carnegie Institution’s Very High Research Activity classification.
OU’s campus features a vibrant student life. Students can use their free time to find their fit in one of more than 550 student organizations or cheer on OU’s athletics teams, including the winningest program in the modern era of college football. With students attending OU from all across the nation and 125 countries and with study abroad opportunities in over 200 cities around the world, students have a chance to learn from peers from all walks of life.
Like President Boyd said all those years ago – what possibilities! You can blaze your own path, making your OU experience exactly what you’d like it to be.
When you decide to attend the University of Oklahoma, you become part of the Sooner family. We don’t just say that – We mean it. At OU, we care about students’ success both during and following their time in Norman. Named a “Best Value College” by The Princeton Review, attending OU is a great investment in your future. Our 18:1 faculty-to-staff ratio helps students forge relationships with their professors, and students are surrounded by opportunities to gain valuable, real-world experiences that make their OU degree worth the investment. Students benefit from a strong alumni network and resources like Career Services, which is available to both current students and OU graduates.
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The best way to experience the OU Family is to visit our beautiful campus in Norman, Oklahoma! Schedule a tour and come hear about OU from staff, tour our campus with a current student, see our state-of-the-art facilities, and experience the OU community and spirit. You can also explore our virtual resources to take a virtual tour, chat with a current student, join a live webinar with the academic college you're interested in, and more!
Deadline Information for Freshman Applicants
Application opens: August 1
FAFSA application opens: October 1
Early action admission deadline: November 1
Final scholarship admission deadline: December 15
Final admission deadline: February 1
National college decision day: May 1
Incoming freshmen can apply one of three ways to the University of Oklahoma, either through the OU Application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application. All applications are thoroughly read by an admissions counselor and are evaluated holistically regardless of application type.
Please choose only one application and continue using ONLY that application throughout the entire process.
The University of Oklahoma participates in holistic admissions, which means we consider various factors for admission, including:
- Academic rigor: GPA, ACT/SAT score (encouraged), course rigor, and class rank
- Essay: writing and self-expression measured through the essay
- Engagement: community involvement, leadership, extracurricular activities, work experience, and exceptional talents
- Letter of Recommendation: a letter of recommendation from a high school official, mentor, or employer
All students should also submit:
- The non-refundable application fee ($40 for domestic applicants, $90 for international applicants) or fee waiver
- An essay
- Official high school transcript that reflects at least six semesters of work completed and includes your GPA computed on an unweighted 4.0 scale and your class rank
- Effective for students applying for the spring and fall 2021 semesters, OU will practice a test-optional admissions process when reviewing applications. If you decide to send us your test scores, you can either self-report or send them to us through ACT and/or The College Board. Your test scores may also be included on your official high school transcript. For students who submit self-reported scores, admission and scholarship decisions are contingent upon receipt of official test scores prior to course enrollment.
- Additional requirements may be required for international students. To see those requirements, please click here.
Students have the option of also providing:
- Letter of recommendation
- Responses to supplemental scholarship questions
Once the Office of Admissions & Recruitment has received your application and supporting documents, we will evaluate and verify your academic credentials. You should receive a notification of your admission decision through regular mail within four to six weeks.
We understand attending college is a big investment and we want to make sure students at the University of Oklahoma feel prepared and confident after graduation. Students who apply by December 15 will receive scholarship consideration for automatically awarded academic scholarships. Click here to learn more about OU’s scholarships.
We encourage you to learn more about OU’s financial aid by exploring our Student Financial Center.