Welcome to the University of Oklahoma’s American Indian student page, designed to aid American Indian students navigate the college admissions process and explore the resources and community awaiting on our campus.
Long before the University of Oklahoma was established, the land on which the University now resides was the traditional home of the “Hasinais” Caddo Nation and the “Kirikirʔi:s” Wichita & Affiliated Tribes. We acknowledge this territory once also served as a hunting ground, trade exchange point, and migration route for the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, and Osage nations..
Today, 39 tribal nations dwell in the state of Oklahoma as a result of settler and colonial policies that were designed to assimilate Native people. The University of Oklahoma recognizes the historical connection our university has with its indigenous community. We acknowledge, honor, and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this land. We fully recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereign rights of all of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations. This acknowledgment is aligned with our university’s core value of creating a diverse and inclusive community. It is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture, and history that make up our entire OU community.
Additional Resources for learning about the land you are currently on, a guide to acknowledging land, and an Ally Toolkit:
Refer to the lists below to learn more about a variety of events and organizations dedicated to your success at the University of Oklahoma, both before and after you arrive on campus. This includes information about our more than 680 student organizations, details about events during which you can learn more about what life is like at OU, academic and financial resources, and more.
Visit our website for the most up-to-date information about our on-campus events.
Broadcast Journalism | Class of 2023 | Anadarko, Oklahoma | Kiowa and Cherokee
"It’s been such a life-changing journey I have been on at OU. There is a place for everybody here. The campus experience definitely gives students a family atmosphere. You really get to feel that closeness and tight-knitted nature you have within a family."
Economics and Supply Chain Management | Class of 2023 | Tahlequah, Oklahoma | Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw
"American Indian students should know that OU becomes a home away from home. The Native community at OU will welcome you with open arms. From fellowship meals to Halloween costume competitions and meat pie sales, I always have an event to look forward to and great friends to enjoy it with."
Major - Political Science Concentrating in Elections & Campaigns Management | Class of 2024 | Sulphur, Oklahoma | Chickasaw
"Being at OU has shown me that there are many people that want to impact this university, town, state, and even country. The people here inspire me to make myself better, in mind and in physical aspects. The people empower each other and in turn empower OU. They make this place what it is. OU is a place where everyone is included, quality education is earned, and a good time is always had."
Class of 2019 | MA - Applied Linguistic Anthropology | Indian Education Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor at Frontier Public Schools
"My experiences at OU helped me connect with other Native scholars across the university, not just in my department. These experiences have truly helped me in my job today where I have to use skills from a wide range of disciplines, all of which I learned from my Native peers and allies.
Wichita, Comanche, and Kiowa
Class of 2018 | Finance | Financial Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma - Research Financial Services
"During my time at OU, I became a lot more knowledgeable of the different aspects of higher education. I learned more culturally from other organizations as well as from my sisters of Gamma Delta Pi. I enjoyed my college experience and hope my kids will attend OU as well."
Visit our scholarships page to learn more about scholarships available for freshmen and our Diversity Enrichment Programs scholarships. Apply by completing the supplemental scholarship essays on the application for admission.
It’s never too early, but freshman year of high school is a good starting point. Start thinking about activities through the lens of, “will this help me get into college?”, identify universities you may be interested in and explore its academic programs, cost of attendance, and admissions requirements.
Have a discussion about the cost of attendance early and determine if it’s feasible. Are parents or other family members able to contribute? If so, how much, and how will the student make up the difference? What scholarships does the university offer and how are they awarded? What outside scholarships are available, what is required of them, and when are their applications due? Will your student work during college? All of these things should be taken into consideration. Explore the university’s website to learn more. This gives you time to plan, especially if a student is really interested in a specific college that is outside of the budget.
Your admissions counselor is a university employee who is responsible for admissions and recruiting in your region. They help families through the college search process and provide insight as requested, and they frequently also review and make decisions on admission applications. It is important that your student build a relationship with the admissions counselor so they can advocate on your student’s behalf during the admissions process. They’re familiar with scholarship opportunities and can identify resources to help your student succeed.
During your senior year, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible (available beginning October 1). This ensures you will be considered for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds. Have a conversation with the admissions counselor about financials and ask what aid is available. Identify federal work-study opportunities, know the difference between the two main types of federal student loans, check out academic scholarships that may come from specific departments within the university, apply for outside scholarships, and educate yourself on all of the funding types available.
Following admission, a housing contract will be available to complete. Most universities will require students to stay on campus their freshman year. Check with your admissions counselor to confirm (for OU, freshmen must live on campus unless they receive approval from OU Housing & Food to be exempt from campus housing). We recommend taking a housing tour to explore available options.
You just know. You will find a program that fits your interests and provides support to ensure success. You will identify things to get involved with, and maybe even establish relationships with people on campus (staff and students alike).
It’s okay if you don’t know what to ask. Relationships matter, especially those with your admissions counselor and anyone currently at the university. If you find yourself confused and unsure of where to begin, talk to your admissions counselor about what’s going on and allow him or her to guide you through the process.
Once you complete seven or more college level hours after your posted high school graduation date you are considered a transfer student at the University of Oklahoma. This does not include remedial or concurrent course work (course work taken in college before high school graduation). Visit our transfer page to see requirements and resources.
In general, you will apply at the beginning of the semester immediately prior to the semester you want to attend OU. The spring application goes live June 1. The fall and summer application goes live August 1 of the previous year.
There are two main categories of scholarships for transfer students: academic and competitive scholarships. Please note that for the purposes of these scholarships, you are only considered a transfer student if you have completed 24 college credit hours post high school graduation.
We also offer the Work Assistance Tuition Waiver designed to assist current undergraduate students that work 25+ hours per week during the academic year.
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The goal of the Native Nations Center is to foster respectful and mutually productive relationships between Oklahoma Tribes, the students, the University, the community and key stakeholders.