Academics

Location
Norman, OK
Undergrads
18,111
Tuition (in-state)
$20,343 ($8,706)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Academics: I definitely wouldn't say that OU has the best academics. As long as you study and go to class you should receive an A's. Most students use this opportunity to spend time getting involved and volunteering since classes aren't so rigorous.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the early stages.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There is really nothing to complain about, it's pretty standard. Workload isn't too bad, maybe a bit heavy on the reading as a poli-sci major, but less in terms of worksheets due the next day. The teachers range from amazing to just kinda meh, but that happens anywhere. The spanish is killer though. Homework constantly with projects every week is getting very old as the second semester of the same speaking projects over and over again comes to a close.

3 College Junior

Academics: I love my major, but there are not too many internships or job opportunities for what I want to do.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love my program because it is the only way I can accomplish my specific degree by attending online.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 77th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 125th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 298th
    Best Course Variety
  • 298th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 398th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Hurd
Hometown
Oklahoma City
Major
History and French
Grad Year
2016
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Students come to OU to study a wide variety of academic fields. Some of the most popular include communications, business, journalism, engineering, and foreign languages. OU has fantastic programs across these areas of study, as well as many others. The program for Native American studies is unique in the nation due to the state's high population of Native Americans. OU is less strong in education, and there are no programs for marine sciences. One of OU’s strongest academic credentials is its Honors College, which is very active on campus and provides enriched education opportunities to its students. Especially among freshmen on campus, OU seems more like a party school than a school for students focusing on their studies. However, after their first round of finals, most students find a way to balance their social and scholastic lives. The professors on campus are just about as diverse as the student population. OU does a good job of recruiting the best professors available in every field of study offered by the university, so there is no question that the professors are highly knowledgeable. Lecture classes have a reputation for being crowded and impersonal. This is often true, but OU professors are always available during their office hours for one-on-one questions. OU is also a research university, which means that all professors are required to conduct continuing research in their fields, providing a large amount of undergraduate research opportunities. Working on research projects is highly recommended for students planning professional careers or continuing on to graduate school.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,160
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
214
Total FT Faculty
1,437
Faculty with Terminal Degree
87%
Average Faculty Salary
$81,813
Full-Time Retention Rate
84%
Part-Time Retention Rate
52%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
123
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 38%
  • 20 to 49 students: 51%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Allied Health
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Engineering
  • College of International Studies
  • College of Liberal Studies
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
  • Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy
  • Michael F. Price College of Business
  • Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other: 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 2%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General: 4%
  • Organizational Behavior Studies: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bizzell Memorial Library
  • David Boren Honors College Library
  • The Union
  • Western History Collections
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask questions. Whether you're asking the professor or other students, people are very friendly.
  • Choosing a major and sticking with it are key to graduating in four years.
  • Don't drive to class. Parking on campus is impossible, and you will likely be late to class.
  • Don't skip class. If you miss more than two or three classes, your final letter grade automatically drops in most classes.
  • Joining an organization or club helps to make connections in future career fields.
  • Read and keep your syllabi! Your professors put important information on them and assume that you have read them. They'll hold you responsible for the information they hold.
Did You Know?
  • OU ranks number one in the nation among all public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled per capita.
  • OU's 2008–2009 freshman class was the highest ranked freshman class at a public university in state history.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 92 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 90 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 41% David L. Boren
  • 35% Sam Bradford
  • 24% Michael Price
  • 0% Jennifer Berry
  • 0% Shannon Lucid

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