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Value of an OU Degree

Value of an OU Degree

OU students are surrounded by opportunities to gain valuable, real-world experiences that make their OU degree worth the investment. Thanks to Career Services, a strong alumni network and educators with industry connections, students are in good hands to find opportunities for success. We're proud to be recognized by The Princeton Review as a "Best Value College."

According to a recent Georgetown University study, OU has the best long term ROI when compared to all other Oklahoma schools and is nationally ranked in the top 8% of public and private schools.

Career Services Graduation Stats
  • Of those reporting that they were seeking employment, 80% accepted a position within six months of graduation. 
  • 20% of OU graduates reported going on to pursue further education.
  • The median reported salary for OU graduates was $55,000.
  • Over 178 companies conducted over 4,700 on-campus interviews.
  • Each college hosts their own career fair, but Career Services hosts 12 career, job and internship fairs over the year in various industries. Over 5,000 students attended these fairs.
    • Sooner Showcase Career Fair
    • Engineering Career Fair
    • Construction Science Career Fair
    • Journalism & Mass Communication Career Fair
    • Spring Career Fair
    • College of Architecture Career Fair
    • Teacher Job Fair
    • OU Aviation Career Fair
    • College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Career Fair
    • OU Biomedical Engineering Career Fair

*According to information obtained by OU Career Services from reporting 2019-20 graduates (76% reporting).

OU Grads Share How They're Using Their Degrees

Zack Raines

Growing up, Zack Raines played sports and has always enjoyed being part of a team. That’s part of what drew him to a career in the energy industry, where he is participating in the Baker Hughes ASPIRE Early Career Development Program.

Read Zack's Story

Taylor Stephenson

As a fourth-grader, Taylor Stephenson declared she was going to be a meteorologist. Now, the recent University of Oklahoma graduate is fulfilling that lifelong dream as an on-air meteorologist at 13WMAZ in Macon, Georgia.

Read Taylor's Story

Julie Bahr

Healing from a chronic illness made Julie Bahr realize her desire for a career that would allow her to spend time outside. After working as a research assistant during college, Bahr is now a full-time employee at the Oklahoma Water Survey. 

Read Julie's Story

OU's Tools for Success

Career Services is OU’s ultimate resource for finding the right major or minor, landing internship and connecting with employers and professionals (including Sooner alumni!) for full-time positions.

Students meet with their academic advisors each semester to stay on track and to create a plan for graduation. Advisors are experts in degree program requirements and can provide valuable advice and information about getting the most out of your OU experience!

Graduation Planners are provided at your first enrollment meeting, filled with campus history, class and enrollment information, guide to academics and more! The planners are meant for Sooners to stay on track to graduate with ease.

Alumni Organizations

The Alumni Association provides members a networking outlet to visit with old friends and to meet other Sooners in their area. It helps keep alumni informed of campus activities as well as sponsor events, such as watch parties, picnics, special guest speakers, and numerous other fun activities.

The Alumni Ambassador program empowers alumni to engage in the recruitment process and attract the best students to the University of Oklahoma. Ambassadors attend OU events and visits, write letters to potential students and help provide potential students with information about OU.

President’s Associates connects alumni, and their annual leadership donations support the mission of the University in promoting efforts to help students achieve their educational goals.

A Best Value College

OU also ranks highly in several of The Princeton Review’s rankings lists, which are based on data collected for the Best Value Colleges list: 

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No. 6
Top 20 Public Best
Schools for Internships


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No. 8
Top 20 Public Best
Schools for
Financial Aid


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No. 9
Top 20 Public
Best Alumni Networks


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No. 15
Top 20 Public Best
Schools for Making
an Impact


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No. 50
Best Value
Public Colleges


In its methodology for the Best Value rankings, The Princeton Review determined its findings by comparing 40 different datapoints, including academics, cost, financial aid, career services, graduation rates, student debt, and alumni support.

The Review also factored in data from its surveys of students attending the colleges, as well as PayScale.com surveys of alumni about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction. An in-depth profile of OU is available on The Princeton Review's website.