Campus Profiles

University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a public research university in Norman, Oklahoma, located just 20 minutes away from state capital Oklahoma City. Founded in 1890, OU has three campuses throughout the state and over 150 programs of study. Former senator and Oklahoma governor David L. Boren has been OU’s president for over 20 years.

Facts and Figures:

Tuition: $10,090 (in state), $23,476 (out of state)

Undergraduate population: 20,636

Graduate population: 5,921

Total student population: 29,075

Six-year Graduation Rate: 67%


Campus Rating

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: Yellow Light

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) - Grade: B; No required courses in Literature or Economics

Campus Spotlight


    Liberal groups: 2

    Amnesty International and Oklahoma Students for Bernie.

    Conservative groups: 3

    College Republicans, Oklahoma Students for Rand, and Students for Liberty.

    All Stories

    University of Oklahoma launches bilingual 24/7 ‘Bias Hotline’
  • Students at the University of Oklahoma can now avail themselves of a bias incident hotline operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to combat unreported incidents of discrimination. “The addition of Greenwood Hall’s Safe Campus service plays a critical role in our strategy to effectively respond to incidents of bias, while at the same time assisting students, faculty, and staff at...

  • Oklahoma student govt.: 'Boomer Sooner' is insulting
  • The Oklahoma University student government rejected a resolution Tuesday congratulating the school’s sports teams amid concerns that the traditional “Boomer Sooner” salute is offensive to Indigenous students. According to OU Daily, the Student Government Association’s Undergraduate Student Congress voted 13-20-1 against the resolution, with some opponents also citing...

  • FIRE ranks the 10 worst schools for free speech
  • The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), recently released its annual list of universities that are notoriously bad for freedom of speech for 2016. FIRE’s mission is to “defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of...

  • Schools replace Columbus Day with ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’
  • Universities in Alaska and Oklahoma are taking a cue from liberal bastions such as Berkeley and Seattle in celebrating “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” rather than Columbus Day. Both states have historically had large Native American populations, and proponents view the name-change as a symbolic rejection of the holiday, whose namesake they associate with genocide rather than the...

  • OU prof. says youth approval of Sanders is 'symptom of our failure to educate’
  • David Deming, a professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma, called the gravitation of millennials towards Bernie Sanders a “symptom of our failure to educate them” in an op-ed published Saturday. “It's disheartening that an avowed socialist is a viable candidate for president of the United States. Socialism is a dead end. For hundreds of years, it has failed...

  • Students want to replace Columbus Day with 'Indigenous Peoples' Day'
  • On Monday, the University of Oklahoma (OU) Graduate Student Association passed a resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of the traditional Columbus day, on October 12th. The initiative was started by a few students representing “Indigenize OU” earlier this month, when they presented the OU Student Government Association with over 100 letters of solidarity from...

  • Ex-Bismarck mayor fights to save Fighting Sioux nickname
  • Even as one man wages a quixotic campaign against politically correct team mascots at the University of North Dakota, the University of Oklahoma’s “Sooners” nickname is now under fire. At UND, former Bismarck mayor Marlan “Hawk” Haakenson is attempting to derail the process of selecting a replacement for the retired “Fighting Sioux” mascot by taking out...

  • Dean apologizes for wearing Arab garb to campus event
  • The Dean of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma issued a public apology last week for appearing at a back-to-school event wearing traditional Arab garb. Charles Graham issued the apology Monday, according to The Lost Ogle, after several anonymous complaints were lodged with the president’s office concerning a picture posted on the College of Architecture’s Facebook page showing...

  • Public school gives LGBTQ students special study lounge
  • LGBTQ students at the University of Oklahoma will soon have their own special study center. According to a report in the Oklahoma Daily, the public school’s student newspaper, the Queer Inclusion on Campus student group presented OU’s administration with a list of demands to better address the needs of LGBTQ students. While the students demanded their own resource center, OU President...

  • Oklahoma freshmen to undergo mandatory diversity training
  • Incoming University of Oklahoma (OU) freshmen will participate this fall in new mandatory diversity training, which was created in response to a viral video from earlier this year showing fraternity brothers from the school chanting racist slurs. The training, which will be part of the annual Camp Crimson, a program that introduces new freshman to college life on campus, was created in response...

  • Oklahoma legislators push for research on campus carry
  • Lawmakers in Oklahoma are pushing for allowing licensed gun owners to carry on campus, amid objections from officials at both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Rep. John Enns (R-Enid), Sen. Ralph Shortey (R-Oklahoma City), and Sen. AJ Griffin (R-Guthrie) are leading the push for more gun rights as they requested a joint study on the effects of concealed carry on college...

  • University president: students carry out campus shootings, 'would be kind of odd to allow them to have guns'
  • A shooting scare Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma (OU) has ignited a debate over whether students should be able to carry their licensed firearms on campus. Although the false alarm was likely caused by the sound of construction machinery backfiring, gun rights advocates are asking why students and faculty cannot carry their licensed firearms to campus. New legislation is on the table...

  • Young Conservatives of Oklahoma to Host School Choice Events
  • During the first week of November two events will be held at the University of Oklahoma and Langston University by the Young Conservatives of Oklahoma to promote education reform. These events will be the first of their kind and will target bipartisan audiences as they seek to promote policies that will benefit Oklahoma's most valuable asset - students.The first event will be held in the...

  • 'Unlearning' workshops at OU raise 'brainwashing' concerns
  • The University of Oklahoma is defending its decision to offer students in greek life a series of “unlearning” workshops on topics such as racism, sexism, ableism, and classism. OU Student Affairs, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Center for Social Justice are jointly sponsoring "Unlearning: Workshops for the Greek Community," the first of which is scheduled to...