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A university is regarded as a place where diverse people and ideas meet to create new innovation. Depending on the aspect of diversity that is considered, OU is both very diverse and very homogeneous. Ethnically, the University is not diverse at all. A large majority of OU's students are white, and the vast majority come from Oklahoma and Texas. In an effort to increase the diversity of such a homogeneous campus, however, OU's administration has sought to greatly expand the number of students accepted from abroad to study on the campus. In turn, this has had the benefit of helping more students enrolled at OU go abroad to study.
Most students at OU are Protestant, although the groups of other Christian, Muslim, and Jewish students are a very important presence on campus, taking part in campus activities such as the Big Event. There are many other religious groups represented on campus that all play a part in helping to make new students feel welcomed and find a place on campus. Tolerance on campus is treated as a serious issue, and any acts of intolerance are dealt with severely. In particular, tolerance toward those with alternate views on religion, sexuality, and politics is demanded of all students to help create a secure learning environment.
Facts & Statistics
Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
African American: 3%
Asian American: 10%
Native American: 2%
The OU community is largely accepting of different sexualities, and the LGBT society is very active on campus, conducting frequent awareness events and hosting Q&A sessions each semester.
Students at OU are in one of the most staunchly conservative states in the country, and yet, like most college campuses, OU houses a fairly liberal student/professor population. There are a wide variety of ways to be involved in political activity on campus including Student Government, student-run political clubs, and Honors College discussion groups.
The economic status of students on campus is widely varied but overall not important when it comes to campus life. Sororities and fraternities tend to require significant financial commitments, but nearly every student is proud of scholarships and seeks to reduce the overall cost of school. It is easy to be friends with students who come from different financial backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
There is a very strong Christian community on campus. Virtually every denomination is represented through student-run clubs, Bible-study groups, and nearby churches. However, there is also an increasing number of Muslim students on campus who organize not only for worship but also to spread information about Muslim-Americans. Other religious groups on campus are present but less advertised.
Minority Clubs on Campus
One of the best things about OU is the number of clubs and organizations that address minority groups on campus. OU is devoted to making all students feel comfortable and happy on campus, and organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, the Black Law Students Association, Bahai Association, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and many more help minority students find their niche. A full list of all active clubs on campus is available on the Student Life website.
Did You Know?
- Interested in meeting a student from another country? OU Cousins, a popular campus club, introduces foreign exchange and international students to OU students.
- Couch Center offers a floor dedicated to housing international students. It includes its own kitchen so students can share their country's special food traditions with one another.
- If you are interested in a pre-professional degree (such as health, law, engineering, etc.), OU offers a number of organizations that cater to minority groups, including women, African Americans, and Hispanics.