Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma was actually established 17 years prior to Oklahoma’s statehood. So, while this venerable institution is, of course, dedicated to the success of its students, the university has always focused on contributing to the advancement of the entire state. This mindset is reflected in our official mission:
The mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.
The University of Oklahoma is the state’s flagship university. OU is a major, public Research university that gives students the feel of a private college atmosphere. This is a storied institution, and our stories continue to span every aspect of student life imaginable – across three campuses that are full of curiosity, vigor and undying spirit.
On July 28, 2020 the University of Oklahoma launched our strategic plan for the Norman campus, Lead On, University. There are 5 Pillars define how we will fulfill our purpose – they are objectives carried out through the implementation of thoughtful, concrete strategies and tactics.
Along with a remarkable history comes a proud collection of university traditions. And as we go on to realize even greater milestones, new traditions will, without doubt, enhance the tight culture of our university.
The Oklahoma Sooners football team rushes out to the field, greeted by over 88,000 passionate Sooner fans.
The north side clock of Gaylord-Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
The Univeristy of Oklahoma's all-you-care-to-eat dining experience at Couch Restaurants.
Students enjoying a study session in the shade behind Ellison Hall near the Clock Tower.
The student section sets the tone for an exciting basketball game at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Evans Hall houses the office of the president of the University of Oklahoma as well as the provost.