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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 OU's Career Center, a strong alumni network and educators with industry connections, students are in good hands to find opportunities for success.

Career Services Graduation Stats
  • Of those reporting that they were seeking employment, 72% accepted a position within six months of graduation. 
  • 29% of OU graduates reported going on to pursue further education.
  • The median reported salary for OU graduates was $60,000.
  • Over 90 companies conducted over 850 on-campus interviews for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Each college hosts their own career fair, but Career Services hosts 12 career, job and internship fairs over the year in various industries. Over 4,000 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 Center from reporting 2021-2022 graduates (80% reporting).

OU Grads Share How They're Using Their Degrees

Margo Gnad

Construction Science
From Tulsa, OK

After graduating with a degree in Construction Science, Margo accepted a position as a Field Manager One in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for History Maker Homes. During her undergrad, Margo was committed to ensuring women interested in construction careers have the resources, options, and community support they need to thrive. 

Read Margo's story

Ismael Carmona Casado

International Studies, Supply Chain Management
From Ciudad Real

During his formative years, Ismael spent time away from his friends and family for his studies. After studying abroad and seeing the world, Ismael set his sights on OU and found the University to be diverse and welcoming to international students. Ismael is currently working on his MA in International Studies from OU. 

Read Ismael's story

Parker Primrose

Journalism, Public & Nonprofit Administration
From Allen, TX

Parker comes from a long line of OU alumni. Despite this, he knew his interest in OU was more than just a family tradition. At OU, he was more than a student — he became an ambassador, a learner, and a part of a broader family. Parker is now a Leadership Associate at Village Church.

 "Read Parker's story

Yanwen Wei

Interior Design
From China

First-generation graduate and immigrant Yanwen thrived as an interior design major. Her degree from OU is more than just a piece of paper, it stands for many sleepless nights, deadlines, and a reminder to improve herself every day. Yanwen works as an FF&E specialist at an architectural firm in Dallas. 

Read Yanwen's story

Juliana Meija

From Hinsdale, IL

First-generation college graduate Juliana found her community at OU. Through involvement with organizations like University-Sing, Oklahoma Weather Lab, Hispanic American Student Association, and more, she shaped a college experience that helped propel her career forward. Juliana is now a bilingual, weekday meteorologist for WINK News.  

Read Juliana's Q&A

Christopher Dixon

Religious Studies, honors
From Westerville, OH

Christopher began his OU journey set on the meteorology program. But during his undergrad, he found another passion: religious studies. Christopher divided his studies between both interests and graduated with a B.A. in religious studies and a minor in meteorology. Christopher is currently completing the prerequisites required for the priesthood. 

Read Christopher's story

OU's Tools for Success

Career Center 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: 

Top Green College

A Best Western College

Top College for Greek Life

A Best 388 College

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 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.