Most students agree that the academics at OU are pretty good. Professors, courses, lecture sizes, and workloads all seem to be easy to handle in students' opinions, but there are some classes that are extremely hard to pass-let alone do well in. Students really appreciate the opportunities to have a more personalized lecture, thanks to small class sizes, as well as the willingness of professors to help students outside of the classroom.
Basically at OU, each student will, without a doubt, have at least one experience with an awesome professor and one with a professor that just plain sucks. Some professors are enthusiastic and passionate about what they teach, understanding and helpful to students, and lead a fun class. But there are those professors who seem to regret being in the classroom more than some students do, and this makes it even harder to show up, let alone feel comfortable and confident. With any professor, especially the latter, students need to take the initiative to form a relationship-at least make sure that the professor knows your name. This makes future communication easier. Also, don't be afraid to ask advisors or other students what classes they recommend and which ones to avoid (if you can help it). As for class sizes, most introductory classes can be large, but once you get into the higher levels of a subject, the classes shrink. So it's easier to get to know the professor and go one-on-one for help. In all, the majority of classes are interesting and challenging (but yes, all are difficult to sit through on a Thursday evening during spring quarter or on an early Friday morning for that matter).