School Spotlight: University of Oklahoma

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

Are you a National Merit Scholar? If you choose to attend the University of Oklahoma, you’d be in good company. With over 850 National Merit Scholars enrolled, OU yields the most Scholars among all public universities across the country. But that’s just one reason why top students call OU home. The University prides itself on providing a friendly and welcoming experience for all students, and the beautiful campus, located 20 minutes from Oklahoma City, combines the best features of a small college town with easy access to a vibrant metropolis. OU’s 22,000 undergrads (40 percent of whom come from out-of-state) have access to over 170 majors including top programs in dance, journalism, entrepreneurship, and meteorology. But even if you’re an aspiring paleontologist, pilot, or petroleum engineer, you’ll find the majors you need to make your dream career a reality. When students need a break from their academic pursuits, OU has over 400 clubs – from the university gospel choir to the Sooner supercomputer club – to keep undergrads engaged. What is a Sooner? OU’s nickname refers to the settlers who were eager to stake out land during the Land Run of 1889. The term later became synonymous for a progressive, energetic individual.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.