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About OU

About OU

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma just 20 mins. south of Oklahoma City. OU’s Norman undergraduate population is just over 20,000, giving students a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. With three campuses in Oklahoma, OU also offers study abroad opportunities at several locations and OU campuses overseas.

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OU's student-to-instructor ratio is 18:1, giving students the personalized attention they deserve.


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OU President David L. Boren, past Oklahoma governor, has been at OU's helm for more than 20 years.

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OU boasts one of the lowest tuitions in the Big 12, making higher education attainable for more students.

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Two out of three OU students are awarded financial assistance, with this year's total reaching $240 million.

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OU's Norman undergrad population is just over 20,000 students, one of the smallest student bodies in the Big 12.


More than 150 majors means you're sure to find a path that leads to a career you love.

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OU is buzzing with things to do. In fact, students have their pick of more than 400 groups to join.

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Located in Norman, Oklahoma, OU is 20 minutes south of the state capital of Oklahoma City.

OU Image Library

The University of Oklahoma campus is definitely #InstaWorthy. Take a look at the OU Image Library and flip through scenes from around campus and stunning shots of the landmarks and buildings that make OU one of a kind. No filter needed.

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Life at OU

Fall in love with the buzz of energy at the South Oval, find your tribe in a student group, and discover the perks of being on the OU campus.

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The Sooner Schooner claims the spot of OU’s official mascot. Sure, it looks like a covered wagon, but it’s actually a scaled-down replica of the Conestoga wagon used by settlers of the Oklahoma Territory around the time of the Land Run of 1889. But the Sooner Schooner wouldn’t be anything without two white ponies, Boomer and Sooner, leading the way. Not only can you see the living, breathing Boomer and Sooner pull the schooner at football games, but the ponies are also the costumed mascots representing OU.

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At OU-Tulsa, students can choose from a varied selection of more than 30 graduate and selected undergraduate programs in the colleges of Allied Health, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Liberal Studies, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health.

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History of OU

Why "Boomer Sooner?" The OU chant's origins go all the way back to 1889, the Oklahoma Land Run and the boom of a single shot gun.

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Boomer Sooner!

If you're going to shout the OU battle cry "Boomer Sooner!" you've got to know its origins. Here's the short of it: The term “Boomer” harkens back to the frontier days of the Oklahoma Territory, when the state’s land was unassigned. Boomers were the antsy folks who tried to settle on that land before anyone else, starting in 1879. "Sooner" was coined a little later. They were the ones who had already started making their way into the territory when the shotgun fired to legally open the land up for settlement in 1898.

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The OU Health Sciences Center boasts 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs on campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and offers programs in seven professional colleges: Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Studies.

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Study Abroad

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OU students have access to more than 1,000 study abroad programs in 200 cities and 80 countries. OU in Arezzo, OU's flagship program in Italy, is one of the most popular programs.