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Academic Colleges Top 5 Lists

We know that one of the most significant factors in deciding which college to attend is the quality of an academic program. We have put together a top five list for each of our colleges that includes information about what makes them unique, experiential learning opportunities and what you can expect as a student in the college.

Architecture Student
  1. You will have one-on-one time with award-winning faculty who bring incredible real-world experiences to the classroom and beyond, including Dean Hans E. Butzer, designer of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Skydance Bridge, and Marjorie Callahan, who recently led a U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab team.

  2. We explore how built environments shape equitable communities. Our students and faculty work with Gibbs College’s Institute for Quality Communities to help address real-world challenges through design.

  3. Our students have access to our world class facilities, Gould Hall and the Creating-Making Lab. Gould Hall has a Digital Making Lab with 3D printers and laser cutters, a Building Information Modeling Lab that supports immersive virtual reality visualization, and a Lighting Design Studio. The 5,000-square-foot Creating-Making Lab has three bays of wood working areas, laser cutters, CNC routers, a dozen 3D printers, and much more.

  4. Our students consistently receive national recognition for their work in planning, design, and construction. Recently our students won the Come Alive Outside Design Challenge and were shortlisted for a World Landscape Architecture Award, placed in the top three in the DesignBuild Institute of America’s national design-build student competition, and placed in the top 10 among over 800 entrants in the Steelcase NEXT competition.

  5. We provide life-changing travel study opportunities for our students where they put their knowledge into practice in places like China, Germany, Uganda, and Dubai. Our architecture students who study in Rome can take their required courses in the heart of the Eternal City—all while paying OU tuition.

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College of Arts & Sciences Class
  1. Choose from the largest variety of majors and minors on campus to create your own future. You can combine degrees like biology and Spanish, economics and Chinese, or history and psychology – or you can even design your own major! With programs in the natural and physical sciences, humanities, social sciences, and professional areas, an Arts and Sciences degree will equip you with a range of rigorous perspectives, so you will always be ready to meet the challenges of a complex, changing world.

  2. Find the career pathway that is right for you. Professional internships, career-building coursework, and the college’s Student Success Center can help you bridge your individual major to a career that is right for your values, skills, and passions. Our 100,000 alumni are leading the way in a wide variety of fields, including business and industry, research and development, nonprofit organizations, local, state, and federal governments, foreign service, and education.

  3. Help discover new knowledge. Undergraduate research opportunities include going on archaeological digs, investigating medical and visual anthropology, finding new drugs from fungi, helping translate ancient science books, or digitizing collections of historic documents. All Arts and Sciences majors are taught by research faculty who are leaders in their own fields.

  4. Make a difference, locally and globally. Servicelearning classes, study abroad opportunities, and internships give students the opportunity to learn about the world while fostering positive change. Through the Carl Albert Center, students work directly with elected officials and nonprofits. Through the Native American Studies Program, students complete internships and practicum courses with Tribal Nations. Through the Withrow Leadership Scholars program, students participate in a “Leadership and Service Abroad” course in Paris and Clermont-Ferrand, France.

  5. Become part of a community where every student is welcome, valued, and supported. Learn more about our active student organizations, dedicated faculty mentors, professional advisors, and the most diverse student body on campus. The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to honoring student needs and voices, removing barriers to opportunity, and finding ways to support your academic and personal growth through your four years of undergraduate coursework and far beyond.

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National Weather Center Building
  1. With fewer than 350 undergraduates, we provide students with a unique, small college experience while enjoying all the benefits of a major university.

  2. OU’s Research Campus, which houses the National Weather Center, the Radar Innovations Laboratory, and the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, was named Top Research Park of 2013 by the Association of Research Parks.

  3. All A&GS majors have access to state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, and research laboratory facilities in the Sarkeys Energy Center, National Weather Center, the Center for Spatial Analysis, and the Radar Innovations Laboratory.

  4. We offer a number of opportunities for undergraduate research and work experience that include a wide range of internships, as well as employment positions in the National Weather Center – the world’s only facility that colocates state and federal operational agencies with research centers and education.

  5. Degrees offered through A&GS are very marketable because they address important issues for the planet’s future, such as applied geographic information systems, highimpact weather, renewable energy, and climate change.

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Aviation Student in Plane
  1. Faculty, adjunct faculty, and instructors bring a combined 300 years of operational aviation and real-world experience into the classroom from disciplines of airlines, corporate aviation, air traffic control, Department of Defense, airport management, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and government.

  2. We offer students the opportunity to apply to aviation internships all over the country. Currently, we’re connected to paid and volunteer opportunities at American Airlines, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Raytheon, Southwest Airlines, Tinker Air Force Base Airfield Operations, and UPS, to name a few.

  3. The OU School of Aviation includes learning labs like the Simulation Center with full Air Traffic Control and Advanced Aviation Training Device simulation. Students are exposed to a wide variety of weather conditions and will gain proficiency in weather-related decision making in flying and controlling.

  4. Students join a legacy of more than 75 years of flight training at OU. The aviation facilities cultivate a smallcollege feel and atmosphere with all aviation courses taught at the OU-owned Max Westheimer airport with class D airspace and full precision approaches.

  5. You can join a number of student organizations that span across aviation disciplines, including the American Association of Airport Executives, Sooner Aviation Club, Sooner Air Traffic Control Association, National Intercollegiate Flying Association, Flying Sooners, and Women in Aviation.

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Students Outside Price College of Business
  1. We offer study abroad opportunities through faculty-led programs in Italy, Spain, France, England, and Costa Rica. Nearly 40% of Price College students participate in study abroad programs before graduation.

  2. You’ll gain real-world experience and give back to the local community by starting your own company through our First Fidelity Bank Integrated Business Core program and our top-25 nationally ranked Center for Entrepreneurship. With these programs and tools, you’ll gain a working knowledge and understanding of fundamental business principles, giving you a competitive edge among others starting out in the workforce.

  3. The JCPenney Leadership Center provides highperforming undergraduate business students with opportunities to develop their leadership potential through a variety of learning experiences and interactions, including corporate site visits and student-run conferences like Women in Business and Parker Leadership Conferences and the Alumni Career Conference.

  4. We currently award more than $3 million in scholarships, and the number of scholarships continues to grow.

  5. Your Price College experience is enhanced through the Center for Student Success. This center ensures your participation in programs that provide professional development opportunities through an abundance of workshops, seminars, and engaging speakers that prepare you for all aspects of your business career.

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Drilling simulator
  1. In the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy (MCEE), we have a highly diverse and multicultural student experience with over 50 countries represented.

  2. The Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering (MPGE) consistently ranks among the top programs in the country and is recognized by the oil and gas industry as a top-tier school in the recruitment of petroleum engineering graduates.

  3. MPGE has a history of excellence in pioneering new technologies and techniques. OU is one of only two schools in the U.S. to have a drilling simulator used by industry. In 2019, the college launched the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions, allowing students to gain real world experience in the Oklahoma oil and gas industry.

  4. MPGE offers the only accelerated Petroleum Engineering BS/MBA program in the country. This gives students the unique blend of engineering skills with a business mindset.

  5. MCEE-specific Study Abroad Programs immerse students in the culture of different countries while they take MCEE-approved courses. The summer study abroad programs are designed to complement an industry summer internship (a program requirement). Past programs have gone to Italy, Romania, China, and Brazil.

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Education students
  1. Our Debt-Free Teachers Initiative is the college’s effort to financially assist and keep highly qualified teachers in Oklahoma after graduation. This program offers to pay up to $20,000 in student loans for those that qualify for the program and teach in a high-need area of education in Oklahoma. Learn more at ou.edu/debtfreeteachers.

  2. We are a nationally accredited Teacher Preparation program through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which regulates programs that meet or exceed all state and national standards.

  3. The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (JRCoE) participates in a 1:1 iPad program. Our students receive iPads and have access to a collaborative learning hub classroom, smartboards, and video displays.

  4. JRCoE students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of student organizations, all with national and international ties. These groups help our students further develop leadership skills by actively supporting the Oklahoma City metro community through service learning projects.

  5. One of the pillars of our Teacher Preparation Program is the ample amount of field experiences we offer our students. In partnering with school districts throughout the Oklahoma City metro area, our students get intensive and progressive field experiences in many diverse teaching environments.

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Engineering Students
  1. Our faculty members are among the best in their disciplines. Their research efforts in advanced materials and 3D printing, data science and analytics, breast cancer detection, and radar and transportation (just to name a few) make a difference in our daily lives. You can become involved with this research.

  2. The Williams Student Services Center Advising Office is here to help you work toward your academic and personal goals. Our staff provides engineering students highquality advising, mentorship, coaching, and support. You can also find information about scholarships, student groups, tutoring, college events, and graduation.

  3. The Gallogly College of Engineering and the Engineers’ Club host an annual career fair that provides you the opportunity to meet employers about internships and full-time jobs. We help you prepare for the day and know what to expect.

  4. We embrace diversity! Our Diversity and Inclusion Program began in 1980 and provides outstanding support services to underrepresented minorities, including African American, Native American, Hispanic, women, firstgeneration college students, and students with disabilities.

  5. Our students have access to state-of-the art facilities, including the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility and the newly completed Gallogly Hall. Gallogly Hall serves as the hub of the Engineering community and is home to the Diversity and Inclusion Program and the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering. The new school is equipping students with the skills required to enhance the quality of life for others through transformative research that provides solutions to complex medical challenges.

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Ballet Students
  1. The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts offers the largest and most comprehensive fine arts program in the state of Oklahoma.

  2. The American Theatre Magazine named the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre one of the top musical theatre programs in the nation. Eight fulltime professional faculty work with a self-imposed cap of 50 students. This allows us to offer an unmatched level of personalized training. Alumni are performing on Broadway, in national tours, at regional theatres, and in Europe and Asia, demonstrating that this is one of America’s premiere programs.

  3. The School of Dance is considered one of the leading programs in the nation for training in ballet and modern dance technique. The school boasts two performing companies and both are committed to performing works from the national repertoire by choreographers such as Ailey, Balanchine, Battles, de Mille and Arpino. Opera, musical theatre, and student choreography productions offer additional performance outlets for students.

  4. The Helmerich School of Drama is the second oldest established school in the nation behind Yale University. We have four fully-equipped performance spaces: the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre, a 600-seat proscenium house; the A. Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre, a 225-seat flexible house; The Gilson Lab Theatre, an 80-seat proscenium house; and the Studio Theatre, an intimate blackbox. These spaces are our creative laboratories providing an exciting training ground for performers, designers, and technicians as well as venues in which enthusiastic audiences support our productions. The College of Fine Arts hosts over 400 recitals, concerts, performances, and exhibitions each year.

  5. An institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, the OU School of Music is the only comprehensive music program in Oklahoma. We have over 60 full-time faculty members, whose presence is augmented by an outstanding music facility that includes four state-of-the-art performance halls and a comprehensive Fine Arts Library. The school is packed with action, presenting nearly 300 concerts, recitals, and scholarly presentations a year. 

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David L. Boren Hall
  1. The Honors College is open to any qualified student of any major. In fact, every undergraduate college on campus is represented in the Honors College, so your classroom experience will be enriched by a variety of perspectives. This is the only way to earn cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude recognition at graduation and on your diploma.

  2. Enjoy the benefits of a smaller class size. All of the Honors College classes are capped at 19 to 22 students. Honors students are also granted unique housing opportunities, including the David L. Boren Hall, an honors floor within the residence halls, and OU’s Residential Colleges.

  3. The Honors curriculum diligently prepares Honors students to compete for such prestigious awards as the British Marshall Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, the Mellon Fellowship, the NEH Younger Scholar Award, the NSF Graduate Fellowship Program, the Rhodes Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, and the Fulbright Scholar program. Information and applications for these scholarships are available in the Honors College Office, and we have a dedicated advisor available to help interested Honors students through the often complicated application processes.

  4. There are many opportunities for undergraduate research through the Honors College, including the Honors Research Assistant Program (HRAP) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). HRAP provides Honors students the opportunity to work with professors as research assistants on specific projects, while UROP offers financial assistance for projects under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. Students can compete for research grants of up to $1,000 each semester.

  5. The Honors College offers study abroad opportunities, including the popular Honors at Oxford summer program. OU places a great emphasis on global education, and 40 percent of Honors College students participate in study abroad programs.

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Students Studying Abroad
  1. The Department of International and Area Studies (IAS) is a multidisciplinary department comprised of talented professors who study diverse regions and issue areas. They offer a dynamic, timely, and engaging curriculum, which truly fosters global fluency.

  2. We promote and advocate for the internationalization of the college experience, encouraging our students to “Get Up and Global” here on campus and around the world. One aspect of this is the requirement that all IAS majors study a foreign language and participate in a study abroad experience.

  3. Students learn practical and applicable skills in the classroom and are also assisted in experiencing internship and networking opportunities beyond the classroom. The learning process connects students to possible employers and prepares them for a variety of domestic and international jobs.

  4. We host the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence, who assists with preparing students for a potential career in foreign service.

  5. We provide significant merit- and need-based scholarships, which help fund study abroad programs, internships, and research.

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Student Walking Into Writing Center
  1. Academic counselors with knowledge of all majors help guide students on their chosen academic paths and recommend courses suitable for undecided students to explore.

  2. Major exploration coaching helps students find majors that match their skills, interests, values, and career plans. The Majors/Minors Fair, held every spring, brings together representatives from more than one hundred majors.

  3. The Gateway to College Learning course is designed specifically to address the needs of first-year students as they make the transition from high school to college. First-year students connect to each other and the larger OU community through small classes, intentional curriculum, and guidance from a caring instructor and peer teaching assistant.

  4. UC Action Tutoring provides academic assistance outside of the classroom through course faculty and peer led tutoring, review sessions, and study skills development.

  5. UC provides first-year student leadership opportunities, awards, and scholarships.

  6. The First-Year Student Mentoring Program provides incoming students an opportunity to establish relationships with faculty and other students, explore new opportunities, and expand understanding of other cultures.

  7. Lissa & Cy Wagner Hall is a beautiful facility for students and features state-of-the-art technology, study spaces, a welcoming atmosphere, and other student support services, such as the Writing Center and Project Threshold.

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ournalism & Mass Communication Student
  1. Our journalism program was named one of the top 10 programs in the nation by the Radio Television Digital News Association, and we are a national leader in video production. Our professional writing program is one of the oldest in the nation and BestofColleges.com ranked our advertising program in the top 10 in the country.

  2. Thanks to a generous $22 million gift from the Gaylord family, students have access to four state-of-theart television studios, numerous editing bays, two large multimedia labs, a 2,000-square-foot student-run advertising and public relations agency, and nearly 300 computers with the latest media software.

  3. Our students build strong bonds with one another as they design public relations or advertising campaigns, work on investigative multimedia journalism series, or write and produce one of our many regular student-run broadcasts, including Sooner Sports Pad and OU Nightly.

  4. You can build an impressive portfolio through multiple professional opportunities. Students produce and direct live broadcasts on Fox Sports. The Emmy Awardwinning OU Nightly news program gives students daily, real-world experience. Through the Lindsey + Asp agency and Gaylord Hall Productions, students work with real clients in advertising, public relations, and media production. Our students have paying jobs in sports production and media marketing on campus each year.

  5. There are numerous opportunities tailored for Gaylord College students to explore their majors and their fields abroad. Go connect with professionals in London as part of the British Media Tour, consult with a client at the OU Center in Arezzo, Italy, or take a travel writing course in Puerto Rico. For a more in-depth experience, students can spend up to a year abroad. 

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Geology & Geophysics Students on Field Trip
  1. In the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy (MCEE), we have a highly diverse and multicultural student experience with over 50 countries represented.

  2. The Bartell Field Camp, located in Cañon City, Colorado, serves as a base of operations for our students doing their field work during the summer. Located in one of the most geologically diverse regions in the United States, our students get the ultimate hands-on education in earth sciences.

  3. The School of Geosciences provides numerous field experiences for its students, including freshman-level introductory trips, collecting trips with the clubs, upperdivision curriculum-based trips, totaling more than 20 field trips annually. Some locations include White Sands National Park; Carlsbad, New Mexico; Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Galveston, Texas!

  4. Geosciences encourages undergraduate research through a senior thesis, independent study, or as an undergraduate research assistant. Recently, 15 students received grants to further their research, allowing them to present their work at national conferences and OUsponsored research symposiums.

  5. Pick and Hammer Club, one of the three student organizations in the School of Geosciences, provides outreach to K-12 students to get them excited about geosciences. They typically reach over 30 teachers and 2,000 students in Oklahoma each year. The Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists host networking and mentoring opportunities with alumni in Oklahoma City, as well as technical “Lunch and Learns” led by industry leaders.

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Health Sciences Center Students
  1. The College of Allied Health serves as the academic unit for programs in audiology, communication sciences and disorders, dietetics, nuclear medicine, nutritional sciences, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiation sciences, radiation therapy, radiography, rehabilitation sciences, sonography, and speech-language pathology. College pass rate on professional entry Boards/Licensure examinations in the 10 professional-entry programs is over 95%. Through its graduate programs, the college prepares future leadership, faculty, advanced practice clinicians, and researchers for the professions and Oklahoma.

  2. The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing was founded in 1911 and is the state’s largest and oldest nursing program. We are dedicated to continuing the leadership and academic excellence that have become synonymous with the University of Oklahoma.

  3. The Hudson College of Public Health is one of only 50 accredited schools of public health in the United States. Our active research program spans five different research centers with major initiatives related to American Indian health and biosecurity research.

  4. The College of Dentistry has Oklahoma’s only doctor of dental surgery program and is one of three dental hygiene programs in Oklahoma. Dentistry offers the opportunity to blend science, human relations, and technical skills into a satisfying profession and our college is prepared to provide you with a dental education second to none.

  5. Today’s pharmacist does so much more than counting pills; the College of Pharmacy is leading the way in training community, hospital, clinical, nuclear, managed care, and research pharmacists. We offer an early assurance program for high school seniors who want to secure their future in pharmacy today.

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Student Drawing
  1. The OU School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma cultivates a vibrant intellectual community that fosters the greatest possible excellence in the study of the visual arts, design, and art history. The school was established in 1915 and is the oldest and most comprehensive school of art in the state of Oklahoma.

  2. Our primary facility is the Fred Jones Art Center, which contains classrooms, large instructional studios, a darkroom, a technology based fabrication lab, installation spaces, video and film editing rooms, digital photography labs, faculty offices, and the Lightwell Gallery exhibition space. We are also next door to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

  3. Our low student-to-faculty ratios ensure students get personal attention to succeed creatively, personally, and academically. Additionally, our college is fortunate to have caring patron groups who provide our students with scholarships and travel grants for out-of-state opportunities.

  4. To better prepare the next generation of artists for professional success, our faculty hone their skills by maintaining their careers as working artists and scholars in their chosen specialties. Our professors are active researchers and display their creations in exhibitions throughout the region, country, and world.

  5. We have partnered with the College of International Studies to offer students the chance to experience Italy in OU’s study center in Arezzo. Available year-round and with special courses offered in the summer, Arezzo is a unique opportunity for our students to experience Italian art at its heart.

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