Local Atmosphere

Norman, OK
Tuition (in-state)
$20,343 ($8,706)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love Norman. It is a wonderful town and they people are so nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Oklahoma is often referred to as "Native America", and there isn't a lot to do besides visit Native American cultural centers (aka casinos). It's flat prairie out here and there aren't a whole lot outdoor activities.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There isn't much to do in Norman, however, Oklahoma City isn't too far away and it has everything you need including the OKC Thunder!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Norman is a cool town. It has good food and there is a lot of things to do on the weekends. It's is also fairly close enough to places like Oklahoma City and Dallas so if you just want to get out of Norman for the weekend, you can go to these cool places.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A lot of stuff to do off and on campus.


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Elizabeth Hurd
Oklahoma City
History and French
Grad Year
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Norman is both a college town and a suburb to a larger metropolitan area. Most of the Norman residents are alumni of OU or have been in some way involved with the University, which helps to foster a communal attitude among students and the local residents. The locals view the University in a very positive light, as it serves to bring investment and innovation to Norman. Because the University's enrollment is so large (more than 40,000 students in total), Norman is in many ways an extension of the University. Students are the major consumers in the area, as well as the major source of labor. The city more or less caters to the students, providing ample opportunities for volunteer work, entertainment, and shopping. Most students either work or live in Norman, allowing them to spend large amounts of time within the city. Norman is fairly safe, especially in areas around the University. There are some parts of the city that are less developed or showing urban decay, but there is very little to attract students to those parts of the city. Largely a city for young families, Norman has several museums, parks, and movie theaters that many college students enjoy.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. According to the sign before you enter on the main highway, Norman is the City of Festivals. These festivals include city-wide events like Jazz in June.
  2. Just outside of Norman, in Nobel, there is a winery.
  3. Norman has many restaurants and bars with wonderful and unique atmospheres. They also brew their own beer, known as Harvest Wheat.
  4. Norman is home to many art and history museums.
  5. Norman is recognized as one of the most progressive cities in the state of Oklahoma.
  6. The University of Oklahoma inherited the single most important collection of French Impressionism ever given to a public university.
Local Slang
  • "In a House": This means that you are affiliated with a fraternity or a sorority. It will often be preceeded by "Are you?" Do not be alarmed when a person asks you this question before inquiring about your name.
  • Coke: Refers to every carbonated beverage, including, but not limited to, Coke itself
  • Okie: A person native to Oklahoma, often used with negative connotations
Points of Interest
  • Frontier City
  • Oklahoma City Zoo
Shopping Centers
  • Penn Square Mall
  • Quail Springs Mall
  • Sooner Mall
Movie Theaters
Hollywood Theater
1100 N Interstate Drive
(405) 579-0911
Movie Theaters
Moore Warren Theater
1000 S. Telephone Road
Oklahoma City
(405) 703-3777
Movie Theaters
Robinson Crossing 6
1300 North Interstate Drive
(405) 447-1005
Major Sports Teams
  • Oklahoma City Lightning: Women's football
  • Oklahoma City Redhawks: Minor-league baseball
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA
  • Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz: Arena Football League
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Dallas: : 3 hours
  • Tulsa, Okla.: : 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 115 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 111 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 11% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 48% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 24% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 111 responses

  • 31% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 32% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 37% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 111 responses

  • 25% No way.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 18% Totally.



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