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OU Waitlist FAQ

OU Waitlist FAQ

Admission to OU is a competitive process. Last year we received more than 22,000 applications for our freshman class. Freshman applications to the University of Oklahoma are evaluated based on an in-depth holistic review process. Throughout this process, multiple people carefully review your academic coursework, grades, rigor, test scores, activities, letter(s) of recommendation (if submitted), and essay. Due to the competitive nature of the process, each year a number of students are offered space on our waitlist. A waitlist offer is not a denial of admission at this time. All waitlist candidates will be reviewed for admission should space become available in our freshman class.

 To be considered further for admission, you must officially accept your spot on the waitlist. Please refer to your admission decision letter for instructions on notifying OU about your decision to accept a waitlist space.

The waitlist at OU is not ranked. All students accepting a waitlist space will be considered for admission to the university, should space become available and credentials support admission. The waitlist is reviewed throughout the admissions cycle but most decisions are made in spring through early summer. All students on the waitlist should be notified of their final admission status no later than August 1.

This will depend on the number of spaces, if any, that are available, as well as any additional updates to your application. It is difficult to predict how many students may be offered admission. After accepting your space on the waitlist, you should submit additional transcripts, test scores, letter(s) of recommendation, and/or a personal statement for the committee to review should space become available in our freshman class. If you are a test-optional applicant, you might want to consider changing your status in your application status portal and reporting test scores for committee consideration.

Additional information may be emailed to or mailed to:

University of Oklahoma
Office of Admissions & Recruitment
1000 Asp Ave, Room 127
Norman, OK 73019-4076

Any credentials you submit that positively enhance your application are welcomed for further review. Please know once a test score is submitted for use by our admissions committee, it becomes part of the application file and cannot be removed later.

While it is possible for admission offers to go out at any time, students are typically admitted from the waitlist starting in spring through early summer. We will mail any admission updates as soon as they are available.

Yes. You should apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Should you be accepted from the waitlist, any awards and financial aid will then be processed.

You may be notified of your decision after the May 1 enrollment deposit deadline. This is not unusual for students on a waitlist. If you are admitted, you will be given a new deposit deadline and you will be guaranteed on-campus housing, even if your decision comes after May 1.

Updated August 2023