Norman, OK
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$20,343 ($8,706)
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Reviews 1989 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: Parties depend on who's throwing them, but I would say for the most part, they're great.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Norman is a beautiful town full of friendly people.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in an OU apartment last year. Rent was way too high -- $509/mo. That's pretty much the cost of any 4 bedroom apartment near campus, though. I suggest finding roommates and renting a house - that would probably cost a single person $350-$400/mo, utilities included. What I don't like about living off campus is having to drive and find parking. You may have to drive a bit longer to get to campus if you live in a house. Many apartments have campus shuttles that will drive you to school, though.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: The cafeteria is a wonderland. There's several dining halls here with a variety of food. However, if you don't have a meal plan, the food can be somewhat pricy, average cost $7.50 for a meal/little sandwich.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a wide variety of restaurants on campus corner. If you want student discounts, you can find people handing out coupon books at the beginning of every semester on the South Oval, as well as at the bookstore. Cost depends on the restaurant, but for the most part, the food is decently priced.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: My freshman year, I lived in the cheapest dorms available but had to take out around $5000 in loans for one semester. However, I really enjoyed living in the dorms and made some wonderful friends. The social atmosphere was great for me, but I know plenty of people who hated the dorms and who experienced lots of drama. The housing process is fairly easy.

5 College Junior

Majors: Personally, I didn't have any trouble getting into the science & arts program. I think the requirements are at least 25 college credit hours and a minimum 2.0 GPA. There's no abnormal application process.

5 College Junior

Majors: What makes the science & arts program, more specifically the psychology department, so great is that the professors are all highly knowledgeable and eager for their students to learn.

5 College Junior

Academics: I'm a psychology major/Spanish minor, and I'm enjoying my experience as a college student. In terms of workload, it depends on the class and the professor.You'll have to do a lot of research and write lots of papers, but it's interesting (if you really like psychology, that is!). But I feel that the psychology department and its professors do a good job of training its students to think like psychologists and also provide students with volunteering opportunities. The psychology club here always has great presentations on careers in psychology, volunteering opportunities, graduate school, and more.

4 College Junior

Academics: I would say many of the professors here care for their students and want them to succeed. It's always a good idea to get to know your professors by going to their office hours. The registration process is fairly simple, but it can be frustrating when you are on a waitlist for a class. There have been several times when I didn't know I was enrolled in a class until a day after the class started because I was waitlisted, but if you talk to the professor, you should be able to enroll. Workload depends on the professor and class. History/political science/anthropology classes, and possibly philosophy, have heavy work loads. The library is a very popular study area, but if you prefer a less populated place, the engineering buildings on the north side of campus are nice as well.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful, and I always enjoy walking around campus just to look at all of the plants and greenery. The facilities for the most part are modern, but there are a few buildings and dorms that could use some renovation. The library has an extensive collection of books and other types of media available for students and faculty, as well as guests, to check out. There are always campus activities going on that are run by students.

5 College Junior

Diversity: This campus is very diverse and also widely accepting of people from different backgrounds and with different interests. There's a wide variety of clubs on campus that reflect the diversity of campus life itself, as well as the students.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty much really nice and inviting. It's a diverse campus, so there's a lot of variety in terms of students' looks and interests.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are not many healthy options

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Norman is a great college town! It is small but located close to OKC so it has a great location.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: OU provides great support for Pre-Med students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Technically, OU is considered a dry campus, however it is not always routinely enforced.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I'm not a fan of what has been come to be known as the sorority girl dress code, as it simply consists of a t-shirt, shorts, sneakers or flip-flops, and a messy bun. I believe everyone should put in some effort to their looks before stepping outside, especially now that we are all young adults. However, other than that, most students are dressed to impress. Many students have a variety of interests, and there are many clubs to reflect this. Most students have many different social circles they are in, and they often overlap with one another. Overall, I would say it's very easy to find friends on campus and to meet like minded people.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I picked my school for its variety of majors, as I still was not sure what I wanted to major in, although I did come in as a nursing major. OU is a lovely campus with so much history. The school is large, and I am absolutely in love with the library. However, tuition is extremely expensive and the closest thing to a realistic option I have to obtain in-state tuition is to get married to an Oklahoma resident. Although I love OU, if I had to do it all over again, I would have gone to a less expensive school.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My own personal experience with off-campus housing was bad, but I happened to pick the worst and most expensive apartment complex. My friends have had pretty good experiences with off-campus housing. There are many options and price points, so there is something for everyone. Parking depends on the apartment complex, as some have abundant parking, while others are impossible to find a space in. Even the most expensive apartment complex is cheaper than living on campus, so I would recommend off-campus housing to almost all students. The university allows apartment complexes to set up booths in the union and to hand out fliers around campus, so students are able to see many options just by walking to class.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I walk around at odd hours of the night around campus, and I feel completely safe. The campus has blue emergency lights with telephones and police alert buttons in case a student feels unsafe. You can also request to have someone walk with you if you feel unsafe. All freshmen are required to take a "Consent is Sexy" course, which explains what sexual assault is, what to do if you are sexually assaulted, what is and is not consent (I consider this part of the course the best part, as it smashes the myth of people "asking for it"), and the punishments for sexual assault on campus. OU is a dry campus, although some people still do sneak alcohol in at odd hours. However, within a few months, those who do realize the risk is not worth whatever benefit there may be, and take their drinking off campus. On campus police are very polite, helpful, and knowledgeable about where everything is on campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: I am Iranian, so I was definitely worried about going to a university in Oklahoma. However, there are many international students on campus, and I have never been the victim of racist remarks on campus. OU is accepting of everyone regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or any other factors. The university does not tolerate any form of bullying, including cyber bullying and sexual harassment, and often reminds students to report any incidents so they can be dealt with accordingly. I feel very safe on campus, and I do my best to make others who may be worried about fitting in feel safe as well.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: I actually love all of the food on campus. We have a variety of choices available, including many vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and halal choices. Even without a meal plan, the food is reasonably priced. Many freshman enjoy going to The Caf, which is buffet style and has many dining options (and the best desserts). Most food options towards the dorms are $7-$11, as they are targeted towards freshmen using meal plans and points. In the student union, the dining options are more reasonably priced, and you can enjoy food from well known chains such as Chik-Fil-A and Starbucks.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Many of the individual colleges within my university have a variety of scholarships, but my college is not one of them. Furthermore, the amounts given out do not amount to much. When my tuition per year is almost $30,000, a $500 scholarship really does not help. So far, most of my tuition has been paid through loans.

5 College Junior

Majors: OU has such a wide variety of majors. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I first arrived, but the advisers were super helpful in guiding me to the right direction. You can major in anything from fine arts to business to international security studies. The possibilities are endless, and all of the majors have great professors.


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Elizabeth Hurd
Oklahoma City
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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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