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

Facilities: Something is always going on on campus, and there is a club for everyone.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus corner is a major student hang out with food, bars, and shopping

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Easy access to whatever you need

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Tons of diversity and various opportunities to be a part of clubs.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is always something going on on campus. Athletic centers are renovated often and are very well kept.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 24th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 25th
    Best Library
  • 44th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 115th
    Best Student Centers
  • 263rd
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Hurd
Hometown
Oklahoma City
Major
History and French
Grad Year
2016
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The OU Chant speaks of "campus beautiful by day and night," which perfectly describes the University's campus. Though few would imagine that one of the nation's most beautiful campuses would lie in the center of dusty, windy Oklahoma, it is a fact that almost every one of OU's buildings is striking. The centerpiece of the campus is Bizzell Library, which is clearly split in two stages of design but merges them perfectly to create one of the most pleasing sights in the entire state. The grounds include some of the oldest trees in the state, seasonal flower arrangements, and bubbling fountains around every corner. While some buildings, such as Bizzell, inspire students through fantastic architecture and history, others seek to bring innovation and modernization to their students. Neilson Hall, home to the departments of physics and astronomy, houses high-tech telescopes, while Price Hall's College of Business has a computer lab that simulates the feeling of the New York Stock Exchange. Renovations move across the campus gradually but are focused on the most popular science fields of study, such as engineering—nearly one quarter of the Class of 2016 was declared engineering majors in Fall 2012.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
519
Campus Size
3,000 acres
Student Centers
Oklahoma Memorial Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Bizzell Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bizzell Library
  • Bookmark Café
  • Couch Restaurants
  • Memorial Union Lounge
Bar on Campus
None, but there are many within walking distance, including some on Campus Corner north of Boyd Street.
Bowling on Campus
There isn't a bowling alley on campus, but Sooner Bowling Center on 24th Avenue is only two miles off campus, and they provide the facilities for the OU Bowling Club.
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Bookmark Café is one of the most popular campus cafés, offering coffee drinks, sandwiches, fruits, granola bars, and salads. The Bookmark even has happy hour from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • Roscoe's is the top-choice coffee vendor for the south half of the campus. Located in Cate Main building, conveniently close to the freshman dorms, Roscoe has delicious pastries including doughnuts, bagels, and mini-tiramisu! All of Roscoe's snacks are made by La Baguette and delivered fresh daily.
  • Sarkey's Energy Center has its own coffee stop, Bedrock Café, which is located in the basement.
  • Starbucks Coffee is located in the Memorial Student Union.
Movie Theater on Campus
Meacham Auditorium in the student union offers free showings of dated movies almost every Friday night along with occasional screenings of movies that have not been released yet.
School Slang
  • Caf: The Caf is the shortened name of the Couch Restaurants cafeteria, the main cafeteria for freshmen on campus.
  • The Huff: Houston Huffman Fitness Center, the popular on-campus gym; located directly across from Walker Tower, the Huff offers a wide variety of fitness classes, sports equipment, intramural events, and workout equipment.
  • Sooner: Used to describe any person involved with the University of Oklahoma, but generally applied to OU students. This term is derived from OU's fight song, "Boomer Sooner," which in turn refers to the infamous land runs that occurred before Oklahoma's statehood. Sooners were people who cheated by staking their claims to land before the race had begun.
Traditions
BOOMER! SOONER!: Whether it is in a bar or in a bank, if someone yells "Boomer," everyone in the immediate vicinity yells back "Sooner." This is not only the case on campus but basically anywhere there are more than two OU fans. Oklahoma athletics boasts a tradition that few schools can rival. Over the years, the Sooners have captured 24 national championships, including eight in football, seven in wrestling, five in men's gymnastics, two in baseball, one in men's golf, and one in softball. On game days, a sea of crimson rolls through OU's home arenas, and all Sooner fans wear crimson and cream to show the rest of the country what Sooner pride is all about.
Urban Legends
  • Legend on campus tells students to never stand beneath the clock tower near Bizzell and look up. The rumor says that there is something written under the clock, but to look at it means that you will never receive your degree. Cautious students do not even cross beneath the clock tower.
  • One of OU's earliest mascots was a dog named Mex, who had a spectacular history. Mex was found in Mexico during 1914 and came to Oklahoma with Mott Keys. Mex served as mascot of the OU football and baseball teams from 1915 to 1928. When Mex died on April 30, 1928, the University closed, and students and faculty honored the mascot with a large funeral. Legend is they buried Mex on campus under what is today the northern in-zone of Owen Field in the football stadium.
  • The main library on campus, Bizzell Memorial Library, is a perfect blend of history and modernity. While most of Bizzell is well-lit, busy, and comfortable, stepping into the Stacks is like stepping back in time. In the same part of the library as the Great Reading Room, the Stacks are old and house the books that were part of OU's library collection before reorganization began in the 1970s. The Stacks are characterized by glass floors, locked doors, cages, musty book smell, and the constant creaking of the floor. If any area of campus is haunted, it's the Stacks!
  • The Spoon Holder is a hot-spot on campus for romantic couples. Legend says that if you kiss someone in the Spoon Holder, you will marry that person.
Favorite Things To Do
Favorite student activities on campus include Sooner football games, men's basketball games, intramurals, and volunteering at the Big Event.
Student Newspaper
The Daily
oudaily.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 350 registered organizations at OU.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 87 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 6 responses

  • 25% Campus Corner
  • 25% Memorial Union Lounge
  • 17% Bizzell Library
  • 8% Residence halls
  • 8% Outside
  • 8% Bookmark Café
  • 8% Couch Restaurants

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 30% If you can I would suggest work-study!
  • 30% Being an RA
  • 30% Houston Huffman Fitness & Recreation Center
  • 10% Library
  • 0% Bookstore
  • 0% Dining services

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Seeing free movies held at the Union each week
  • 22% Football Games
  • 22% BOOMER! SOONER!
  • 11% Free lectures on campus
  • 11% Student organization sponsored events

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 101 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 10% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 44% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 46% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 93 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 48% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Fast food
  • 38% A job is a job.
  • 12% Outdoor maintenance

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 50% Walking around campus corner to eat and shop
  • 33% Go to free events
  • 17% Walk around... you're bound to run into friends

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% What urban legends?
  • 40% All the ghosts that are said to haunt the campus!

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