Norman, OK
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$20,343 ($8,706)
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Reviews 1874 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Majors: The majors are good and I don't regret my specific major because the track isn't horribly difficult for Pre-Med which is a definite plus.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't taken too many science classes yet but from what I've seen, the sciences are important at OU and I've been impressed with the importance to academic success for the sciences.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The reason I say "It's great" is purely assumption because of how important it is if you crave a large-scale "social" life. I personally don't care about that stuff too much and definitely don't want to join any fraternity but I assume that if that's something you want, Greek life is a perfect fit.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation isn't bad but if you don't have a car things are very tough. This isn't New York where a lot is in walking distance so if you don't have a car, your options are campus and that's about it. This isn't a problem if you don't care to go home for weekends or go to "downtown" but I've lamented not having one.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Once again, the lack of culture and diversity appears blatantly. If it wasn't for the International students, this school would be even more white and protestant than it is now. Norman is definitely a pocket of semi-open mindedness in Oklahoma but regardless, the student body has fairly narrow ideas about the world (which to them is just OU).

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: This is without a doubt my biggest problem about the University of Oklahoma. Like I've said before, I love big cities or even medium-sized cities. I've been off campus less than 3 times because the school is everything. If you're not involved on campus in terms of drinking or partying, it's hard to find things to do. The lack of culture and possibilities of Norman have hurt my opinion of school.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's definitely an alcohol-driven campus and no one has treated differently because I don't drink but there's no doubt that I've had to seek out more laid back friends because a good number of students drink on campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: This is a problem I have had, personally. I'm from Los Angeles and Dallas with a lot of family in Caracas and Madrid so big cities are home for me. The lack of culture and diversity of places to eat is disappointing. Definitely a draw back of "college towns".

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived in off-campus housing but from what I've seen it's pretty much average across the board besides price. The prices are fantastic.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus doesn't seem very strict at all. I don't involve myself in anything that can get me in trouble but it seems that you can pretty much do what you want as long as you don't go too overboard.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Oklahoma is a good school but it's not anything that'll blow you away. The professors are excellent and I've learned a tremendous amount. I don't have too much to complain about in terms of the academics because I've been impressed. The people, on the other hand, leave some to be desired. I understand the context of the location but there seems to be a lot of immaturity but that could just be the demographic of the students (18-24 or so).

College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't really engage myself in the nightlife because it doesn't concern me and i'm more laid back.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: One thing I would suggest for OU in regards to financial aid would be help find out what careers students want to do because with doing so, a medical student could maybe get a little more than someone who will only be going to school for one year. Another thing would be to help out Texas resident students more because since for some reason OU doesn't give in-state tuition, it's harder for Texas residents to come to OU.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Our football team has a huge fan support and you can see the school spirit when you go to a game.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are computer labs in some buildings on campus, however they can be full. So its better to have your own computer

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The school has a varity of people, you are sure to make new freinds easily.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is good. There are usually events going on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The student population is so large that there are significant pockets of all types of people-- you will find people who are like you, and people who are very very different. In general, people are campus are an average level of attractive.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The Industrial and Systems Engineering profs are great!

3 College Freshman

Majors: Don't declare engineering unless you're sure it is what you want to do. It's a more difficult program than most other majors.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am non-Greek, but I have a few Greek friends. It seems like a great social tool, but it's not for everyone (especially if you don't party.)

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a decent amount of bars on campus corner, but they are typically divided up by age. Once you turn 21 you can also go to the bars in Bricktown (OKC) to switch things up a bit.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: If students chose to drink alcohol on the weekend there is a service called safe ride that is free for all OU students and will take you to where you need to go at night so questions asks. My only complaint is that you have to call them an hour in advance sometimes before they arrive.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: What's great about OU is that a good amount of students drink so if you want to, you can. Many students do not drink though, so it really is whatever suits you.

4 College Freshman

Computers: At the bottom of couch towers there is a computer lab which is really convenient for freshman. Most students have their own laptops so the labs are never too crowded.


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Elizabeth Hurd
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OU is an excellent choice for students who are undecided on their majors because it truly offers a wide variety of fantastic programs in every field of study, allowing students time to explore different classes and change their minds. The campus environment is great, too. There really is a place for everyone, no matter how strange your interests may be, and what really counts is the fact that the people that run the random clubs and organizations on campus want you to be involved, to have a good time, and to grow as a person. College is about experimenting and learning about oneself. OU provides its students with the means to do so in a safe situation. The majority of students are very satisfied with their time spent at OU. They feel that the small town of Norman offers a true college experience, along with the ability to give back to the community. Most feel that people in Norman are genuinely friendly and, for the most part, down to earth. The academics at OU are strong, and, generally speaking, the professors are understanding and qualified. Although there are some aspects that could use improvement, like parking, OU offers many great perks that make up for the minor inconveniences. OU has a strong athletic tradition, and the facilities available to students and athletes alike are top-of-the-line. There are numerous things to do, depending on what or with whom you care to do them with. Ultimately, what makes OU such a great place was different for every student, which only proves that OU truly does have something for everybody.

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