University of Oklahoma: Narrative Description

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660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK 73019-0390
Tel: (405)325-0311
Free: 800-234-6868
Admissions: (405)325-4521
Fax: (405)325-7478
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1890. Setting: 3,500-acre suburban campus with easy access to Oklahoma City. Endowment: $434.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $60.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5931 per student. Total enrollment: 24,551. Faculty: 1,204 (976 full-time, 228 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 8,165 applied, 82% were admitted. 36% from top 10% of their high school class, 71% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 169 National Merit Scholars, 285 valedictorians. Full-time: 17,866 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 2,431 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 74 other countries, 23% from out-of-state, 7% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 5% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 10% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Oklahoma State University, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Rose State College, Oklahoma City Community College, Rogers University, Cameron University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $2778 full-time, $92.60 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,296 full-time, $343.20 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1362 full-time, $38.30 per credit hour part-time, $106.50 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $5814. College room only: $2924. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities, international social clubs; 17% of eligible men and 25% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Activities Council, international student organizations, OU Cousins, American Indian Student Association, Black Student Association. Major annual events: The Big Event, Homecoming, Dad's Day/Mom's Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs, police bicycle patrols, self-defense classes. 4,368 college housing spaces available; 4,160 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Bizzell Memorial Library plus 8 others with 4.3 million books, 4.1 million microform titles, 24,292 serials, 9,743 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $12.3 million. 2,356 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Norman is a mid-sized city in central Oklahoma with award-winning public schools; cultural offerings, such as theaters and museums; community services including churches, hospitals, a public library; and recreational facilities, including parks, golf courses and nearby Lake Thunderbird. The community is served by major highways, bus lines, and Will Rogers World Airport, located 18 miles north in Oklahoma City. The university operates Max Westheimer Airpark, a general aviation, reliever category airport in Norman.

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