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Academic Colleges Top 10 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 ten 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.

We hope this information will pique your interest, and we encourage you to contact us if you are interested in scheduling an appointment with one of these colleges. We would love to connect you to your academic department of interest so that they can help you decide if it will be the right fit for you. In the meantime, please explore these lists and let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help you.

College of Architecture
  1.  The College of Architecture boasts five divisions, each with a focus on collaboration. Students are encouraged through their courses to interact with other students in different disciplines to get a well-rounded educational experience.
  2. Students and faculty regularly give back to local and international communities through meaningful work and service-learning projects. Study abroad is highly encouraged, and opportunities have been offered everywhere from Zambia to Rome. One of our programs even takes students to Dubai to explore building design and construction in a place known for its iconic and lavish buildings.
  3. College faculty, including Hans Butzer, designer of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Skydance Bridge, bring ‘real world’ experience to the classroom to enrich student learning. Butzer also received the 2016 American Institute of Architects’ Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, an award that recognizes excellence in architectural advocacy and achievement.
  4. Each division offers a multitude of scholarships. During the 2014-15 school year, more than $150,000 in scholarships were gifted to students.
  5. In fall 2015, the College opened the Community Design Center in downtown Oklahoma City. This urban studio facility brings together students, faculty and the local community and allows students the opportunity to improve the quality of life in OKC by developing affordable housing solutions.
  6. Students have opportunities to interact with industry professionals through guest lectures, field trips, project critiques, mentor lunches, internships, and internship and career fairs.
  7. Gould Hall features interactive and collaborative learning spaces like a Super Studio, complete with a Mediascape that allows up to six students to share their work with professors on two 40-inch plasma screens; and the Learn Lab, a classroom space without a typical “front of the room”, and a ceiling-view camera that can zoom in on documents and objects and then display it on one of three projector screens. OU is the only design school in the country to have two Learn Labs.
  8. Students also have access to the Creating-Making Lab, located just a few blocks from campus. In addition to three bays of wood working area, the lab has a metal shop, laser cutters, plastics room, paint booth and photo documentation room.
  9. Faculty and students of the Construction Science division have brought home 14 national awards, 83 regional awards, and one international award. Most recently, a team of Construction Science and Architecture students on the OU Design-Build Team won first place overall at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 Student Competition in Dallas in February 2016.
  10. With under 200 undergraduate students, you become part of a close-knit community in our college and can enjoy the resources of a large university. We value and keep a tradition of fostering your individual creativity and creating through digital and traditional means.

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College of Arts & Sciences
  1.  We offer a variety of majors and minors to choose from when creating your future. You can combine degrees like Biology and Spanish, Economics and Chinese, History and Psychology or even design your own major!
  2. CAS has the largest number of pre-health profession programs in the state, including pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-chiropractor, pre-optometry, pre-veterinary medicine and pre-physician’s associate.
  3. You’ll receive a global education. Summer abroad classes are taught by OU faculty in places such as China, the Galapagos, Germany and Ireland. Additionally, CAS teaches 17 foreign languages including Arabic, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chinese, Choctaw, Creek, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Kiowa, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  4. Attend class from your own room! CAS students have access to more than 120 different online courses, including three complete degrees.
  5. Last year, CAS awarded 429 scholarships worth $486,666.80 and CAS departments awarded scholarships worth $353,035.29, totaling 739 scholarships worth a total of $839,702.09.
  6. Award-winning academic advisors are here to make sure students graduate in four years, ready to apply to any post-graduate program they choose.
  7. CAS will help you get a job after graduation. The college has three dedicated experts that work with employers to recruit graduates in a wide variety of fields, including business and industry; research and development, non-profit organizations, local, state and federal governments, foreign service and education.
  8. You can 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 old collections.
  9. The Leadership Scholars program prepares students to lead throughout the world in the diverse careers and roles they will inhabit. The program is open to all majors in the college. Students with demonstrated self-awareness, an engaged sense of community, and a commitment to the service of others are the primary candidates for the program. The application and selection process takes place early in the fall term, and students serve one academic year in the program, culminating in an international service learning and leadership course and project in the summer following their year-long term.
  10. You will join the largest, most diverse and oldest college at the university with an alumni network of 75,000. Alumni include Bird Runningwater, Director of the Native American and Indigenous Program at Sundance Institute, Benton Clar, Chief Scientist at Lockheed Martin Astronautics; and Stacey Dales, Studio Host and Reporter at NFL Media Programming.

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College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences
  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 Science Center, was named Top Research Park of 2013 by the Association of Research Parks.
  3. A&GS majors benefit from vibrant international exchange programs in over 50 countries! We offer (1) $1,500 and (3) $5,000 study abroad scholarships each year to our students.
  4. In addition to study abroad scholarships, our students receive more than $115,000 annually in scholarships and tuition waivers.
  5. 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.
  6. The College also houses its own library, located in the National Weather Center. The A&GS library contains resources specifically for A&GS students, including copies of textbooks required for A&GS majors that students may check out.
  7. A&GS offers 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 co-locates state and federal operational agencies with research centers and education.
  8. Degrees offered through A&GS are very marketable because they address important issues for the planet’s future, such as applied geographic information systems, high-impact weather, renewable energy and climate change.
  9. Our academic units support student attendance at professional national conferences, such as the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), providing funds for transportation, accommodation, and registration fees.
  10. A&GS faculty and alumni include directors of the National Weather Service and NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, a NASA space shuttle astronaut, past presidents of the American Meteorological Society, Oklahoma’s first member of the National Science Board, Oklahoma’s first member of the National Academy of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Visit the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences website

Michael F. Price College of Business
  1. Price College offers study abroad opportunities in Italy, Spain, France, England, Belgium, Costa Rica and Uganda and over 40% of Price College seniors participate in study abroad programs before graduation.
  2. You can join a number of student organizations and honor societies based on your interests, such as Delta Sigma Pi and the Student Business Association.
  3. 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 10 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.
  4. The JCPenney Leadership Center provides high-performing 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 the Women in Business and Parker Leadership Conferences and the Alumni Career Conference.
  5. Price College currently awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships, and the number of scholarships continues to grow. The Multicultural Business Program has experienced a 400 percent growth in scholarship support since its inception in 2012.
  6. We have world-renowned faculty who teach within our 12 different majors, in addition to our newest concentration – Sports Management.
  7. You can manage a real-dollar portfolio of stocks in the Student Investment Fund course. This course gives students the opportunity each semester to manage and administer an investment portfolio of carefully selected, high-quality securities and cash that has a net value of approximately $500,000. 
  8. Your Price College experience is enhanced through the Center for Student Success. This center ensures your participation in curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular programs and opportunities that provide professional development and business ethics education through peer and professional mentoring, tutoring, internship, resume and interviewing tips.
  9. Several new and ongoing renovations within Price and Adams halls allow you to study, learn and interact with our faculty, including the Trading Room Floor that features Bloomberg terminals, the Active Learning Classroom that enables faculty to apply the innovative “flipped classroom” method, the Price Digital Library that houses the Bass History Collection and the newly-furnished Zachritz Study Lounge.
  10. Your degree will mean something when you graduate from the Price College of Business, which is consistently ranked as one the best returns on investment. Many programs are nationally ranked, including the Center for Entrepreneurship (top 10 for the past five years by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine), the Steed School of Accounting (top 10 by the Public Accounting Report for schools with 15 or fewer faculty members), our International Business program (ranked in the top 30 for 10 years straight by U.S. News & World Report), and our Supply Chain Management program (top 20 by Gartner).

Visit the Michael F. Price College of Business website

Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy
  1. ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics (CPSGG), founded in 1900, was the first school in the nation to offer a degree in petroleum geology and ranks among the top schools nationwide for career placement.
  2. In each of the last two years, Halliburton has awarded CPSGG’s Pick and Hammer Club with $20,000 in grants to assist in outreach efforts and bring interactive learning of geosciences to students of all ages. The Club provides teachers with Mineral Kits and educational tools to spark an interest in earth sciences both in and out of the classroom. Over the 2015-16 academic year, Pick and Hammer reached more than 1,000 students through their outreach efforts.
  3. OU joined forces with the Upstream Drilling and Production section of ConocoPhillips to ensure the nation’s energy infrastructure is robust with the creation of a new Biocorrosion Center.
  4. The Jeffrey D. Hall Core Viewing Area at the Oklahoma Petroleum Information Center provides an outstanding climate-controlled and well-equipped space to view and analyze rock cores and samples for geological and engineering testing.
  5. Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering (MPGE) students, faculty and staff regularly attend the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ACTE), an event that draws more than 10,000 industry professionals. Students network with peers, present research, and access new technologies. Concurrent with the conference, students also participate in the Petro Bowl, a competition that OU has championed three times, most recently in 2011.
  6. The OU Society of Petroleum Engineers is recognized worldwide by SPE International as a Gold Standard Student Chapter, one of only 26, and is a national leader in raising funds (more than $56,000 in the past decade!) and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 
  7. The OU Imperial Barrel Team has placed both regionally and nationally in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention’s competition over the last three years. This program is sponsored by AAPG and is an annual prospective basin evaluation competition that includes multiple university teams from across the world.
  8. CPSGG’s Summer 2015 ‘Geology of Italy’ course took 20 students and two faculty members on a study abroad trip for three weeks. Students were immersed in the culture and geology around Italy by exploring areas such as Arezzo, Pompeii, Rome and Venice. 
  9. In May 2015, a pair of professors traveled with 20 MPGE students to Peru to study abroad with 34 Peruvian students and energy industry personnel. Igor Salazar, OU alum, native Peruvian and General Manager for PeruLNG, invited the group to tour the Melchorita LNG plant, the largest plant in Latin America where gas is liquefied.
  10. Both the CPSGG and MPGE are consistently ranked among the top five petroleum engineering, petroleum geology, and geophysics programs in the country.

Visit the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy website

Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
  1. By pursuing a career in education, students have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of thousands of children and teens. Through field experiences with our partnering school districts, teacher candidates become well prepared in the classroom.
  2. Teacher candidates may apply for Debt-Free Teachers, the university’s newest 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.
  3. The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (JRCoE) is an Apple Distinguished Program, a distinction reserved for academic units that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. Our students have access to a collaborative learning hub classroom, smartboards, and video displays.
  4. We consistently produce highly sought-after graduates in the job market and teachers who thrive in the classroom. 
  5. Our faculty, staff, and students participate in activities that provide teacher candidates valuable and meaningful experiences. In fall of 2015, JRCoE took part in an iPad roll-out at Arthur Elementary School in Oklahoma City. Every student in the school received an iPad as part of the White House’s ConnectEd Initiative, and OU students and staff helped get them started with the new technology.
  6. Students have the opportunity to participate and lead in many different student organizations, all with national or international ties. Our groups actively support the Oklahoma City metro community through a variety of fun and productive service learning projects.
  7. We are nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for programs that meet or exceed all state and national standards.
  8. During the 2014-2015 academic year, more than $220,000 in scholarships were awarded by JRCoE to its undergraduate and graduate students.
  9. Our students can receive a global education. JRCoE has a full-time global education advisor on staff who will help you go over your study abroad opportunities! Courses can be taken in France, Italy, Mexico and Costa Rica.
  10. JRCoE alumni include Sharen Jester Turney, former president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret; and Shawn Sheehan, 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year finalist.

Visit the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education website

College of Engineering
  1. We’re experienced. We’ve been educating engineering students at OU for 100+ years.
  2. Our faculty members are among the best in their disciplines. Their research efforts in advanced materials and 3D printing, cloud computing and information storage, breast cancer detection, radar and transportation (just to name a few) make a difference in our daily lives. You can become involved with this research.
  3. In summer of 2015, researchers from OU’s WaTER Center (Water Technologies for Emerging Regions) installed an electrodefluoridation system in a rural village in Ethiopia and forged collaboration between three separate governing entities to work together and provide clean, safe drinking water for rural Ethiopians.
  4. Go global! You can earn course credit while experiencing the cultures of Italy (OU in Arezzo Study Center) or France for a summer or a semester.
  5. Williams Student Services Center is here to help you work toward your academic and personal goals. Our staff provide engineering students high-quality advising, mentorship, coaching and support, and you can also find information about scholarships, student groups, tutoring, college events and graduation.
  6. Be a member of a student competitive team: Sooner Racing, Sooner Off-Road, Sooner Powered Vehicle, Concrete Canoe and more. Practice what you learn and work side-by-side with fellow students in the state-of-the-art ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility.
  7. The College of Engineering and the Engineers’ Club hosts an annual career fair that provides you the opportunity to meet employers about internships and full-time jobs. We can help you prepare for the day and know what to expect.
  8. We embrace diversity! Our Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) provides outstanding support services to underrepresented minorities including African American, Native American, Hispanic, women, first-generation college students and students with disabilities.
  9. Thanks to the generous support of the Gallogly and Stephenson families, OU received it’s largest-ever single day gift announcement. Between the two families, a gift in excess of $30 million will be used to construct a new engineering building and establish a School of Biomedical Engineering. This School of Biomedical Engineering is in response to an increase in interest for biomedical engineering jobs and will allow for integration of engineering and medicine in ways that will help our research campus advance technologies and research.
  10. Our alumni excel in their fields. COE graduates include Patrice Tompkins-Everidge, Vice President of Texas Instruments; Scott Lowe, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Castle property management company and Co-Founder of Rebirth Realty and many more.

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Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
  1. Nationally Ranked Programs: The School of Dance, the A. Max Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre as well as our Piano Pedagogy programs all rank in the top five of their respective fields in the U.S. Each year the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama competes in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, winning numerous awards on both the regional and national levels.
  2. Taking the Arts Abroad: The Oklahoma Festival Ballet, our resident classical ballet company, has performed in Austria, Taiwan, Mexico, Ecuador and France, and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, our resident modern dance company, has performed in Paraguay and Japan. The School of Visual Arts (formerly known as the School of Art and Art History) has partnered with the College of International Studies to offer students the chance to experience Italy in the newly opened Arezzo center. Available year-round and with special courses offered in the summer, Arezzo is a unique opportunity for School of Visual Arts students to experience Italian art at its heart.
  3. Interaction with Distinguished Artists: Paul Moore, an internationally-recognized figurative sculptor whose work is on display in the U.S. Capital Collection, in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and in other notable collections throughout the world, is the Artist-in-Residence in the School of Visual Arts. Musical Theatre and Dance students benefit from residencies by professional directors and choreographers, and Drama students have the opportunity to learn from professional directors and playwrights.
  4. Unique Student Experiences: All of our Musical Theatre seniors spend their spring breaks in New York City auditioning for multiple casting agents to give them a head-start on their professional careers. We also present unique on-campus collaborative productions, such as Haydn’s “The Seasons.”
  5. Technology: The School of Visual Arts has a Fabrication Lab that offers the use of 3D printers and a CNC router table to help students create their art and learn technical skills applicable in other areas such as the medical and manufacturing sectors. Drama students learn production techniques in our digital voice-over and Peggy Dow Helmerich Film Studio. Musical Theatre students use iPads to complement their vocal and performance coaching.
  6. Preparing for a Career in the Arts: Students leave school with the practical knowledge they need to succeed as a working artist. More than 75 percent of Dance graduates have secured a professional contract as a dancer, teacher or choreographer prior to graduation. Dance and Musical Theatre students can be seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, in London’s West End, on television and on stages throughout the world.
  7. Complete Students: Though our students excel on the stage and in the gallery, they also excel in the classroom. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the college boasted 32 National Merit Scholars.
  8. Faculty as Working Artists: To better groom the next generation of artists for professional success, our faculty hone their skills by maintaining their careers as working artists in their chosen specialties. Faculty members from the School of Music perform with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and in music festivals throughout the world. Faculty members in Drama and Musical Theatre work onstage and behind-the-scenes in regional and national theatre productions and in-front-of-the-camera on television and in films. Professors in the School of Visual Arts display their creations in exhibitions throughout the region, country, and the world. 
  9. Premiere Musical Ensembles: One of the most visible symbols of the University of Oklahoma is The PRIDE of Oklahoma Marching Band, which has represented the university and the state of Oklahoma at events like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But if marching isn’t your forte, the School of Music also has amazing musical ensembles for instrumentalists and vocalists both large-scale – the Wind Symphony and the University Chorale – and smaller-scale – the Sooner Bassooners and the Singing Sooners.
  10. Supportive Environment: Low faculty/student ratios ensure students get personal attention to succeed creatively, personally and academically. Additionally, our College is blessed with caring patron groups who provide our students with scholarships and travel grants for out-of-state auditions and conferences.

Visit the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts website

Honors College
  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. This means that your classroom experience will be enriched by a variety of perspectives. 
  2. Enjoy the benefits of a smaller class size. All of the Honors College classes are capped at 19 to 22 students.
  3. You’ll receive a private college education within a flagship university, and your fellow classmates will challenge you to be your best. Since 2000, Honors College students have been awarded the following National Scholarships and Fellowships: Rhodes (4), Goldwater (30), Perkins (1), Hollings (37), Gates Cambridge (1), Marshall (2), Olmstead (1), Mitchell (1), Luce (1), Truman (8), Fulbright (52), Rotary (11), Udall (3), and Jack Kent Cooke (1).
  4. There are many opportunities for undergraduate research through the Honors College, including the Honors Research Assistant Program, which provides Honors students the opportunity to work with professors as research assistants on specific projects.
  5. The Honors College offers many 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.
  6. In conjunction with the OU College of Medicine, the Honors College offers a highly selective Medical Humanities program – a sequential BA-MD program that prepares 5 to 8 incoming high school seniors per year for a career in medicine through an enhanced pre-medical curriculum. 
  7. This is the only way to earn cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude recognition at graduation and on your diploma.
  8. The Honors College is housed in a beautiful building that includes an atrium garden courtyard and residential floors above the Honors College classroom and facilities. Although you are not required to live in the Honors College housing if you are a member, it is an option that many Honors students take advantage of for the convenience and community. You will also have access to Honors College trivia nights, cookouts, informal book clubs, discussion groups and more. 
  9. The Honors College offers a supportive learning environment that enables students to take risks and pursue their passions. While the program is challenging, the Honors College offers resources and personal attention that can’t be rivaled. In fact, Honors College students graduate at a rate 20 percent higher than this or most other university campuses in the country.
  10. Honors students remain successful after graduation and pursue graduate education at prestigious universities including Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Yale, and William and Mary. They also secure jobs at companies like Exxon Mobil, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, National Football League, McKinsey & Company, and more.

Visit the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College website

College of International Studies
  1. We embrace international diversity and are home to students, faculty and staff of different backgrounds, nationalities, experiences, perspectives and world-views.
  2. The Department of International and Area Studies (IAS) is a multi-disciplinary 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.
  3. 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.
  4. We provide significant merit- and need-based scholarships, which help fund study abroad programs, internships and research.
  5. Choose one of our amazing study abroad opportunities! Our Education Abroad office offers more than 1,000 programs in over 200 cities throughout 80 countries across the globe.
  6. OU welcomes nearly 2,000 international students from all around the world through the CIS International Student Services office. The diverse student body creates a unique learning environment where international students learn about life in the United States, and local students engage with people representing a variety of countries and nationalities.
  7. We offer a wide variety of programs at our centers in Italy, Mexico, and Brazil, where students learn from OU faculty and earn OU credit while experiencing everyday life in these vibrant countries. 
  8. The Arabic Flagship Program, a partnership with Modern Languages, promotes the learning of Arabic culture, politics and languages, and hosts the US Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence, who assists with preparing students for a potential career in foreign service. 
  9. 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.
  10. We have a family-like atmosphere where even the Dean has an open-door policy. We would love to welcome you into the family!

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Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication
  1. Top National Program: As a Gaylord College student, you join a program that has been recognized by multiple groups as one of the top journalism and mass communication programs in the country. In just the last few years alone, Gaylord College was voted by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) as one of the top 10 programs in the nation, Gaylord students ranked number one in the country in the nation’s top student media competition, and Advertising was named a top 10 program by BestofColleges.com.
  2. Employment Opportunities: Gaylord graduates in each of our five majors are currently employed in choice positions around the world. Gaylord staff, faculty and graduates now working in their respective fields are eager to help you successfully make the transition from college to career with advice, their professional contacts outside the College and assistance within their places of employment. 
  3. Community: You’ll find a home in Gaylord College. That is one of the top comments our students make. Much of your classwork is done in teams and this close working relationship brings students together. Faculty know their students by first name and go out of their way to help them feel more connected. 
  4. “Hands-on” Learning: Gaylord is more than just a classroom. We have a basic philosophy that the student learning experience should combine theory and storytelling with practical applications. From your first class to your last, you’ll have a chance to bring alive what you’ve learned.
  5. Professional Experiences: You can build an impressive portfolio through multiple professional opportunities. At Gaylord College, students have the chance to work in award-winning professional media even before they graduate. Students produce and direct live broadcasts on Fox Sports. The Emmy Award-winning OU Nightly news program gives students daily, real-world experience. Through Lindsey + Asp and Gaylord Hall Productions, students work with real clients in advertising, PR and media production. Nearly 100 students have paying jobs in sports production and media marketing on campus each year. Gaylord offers more professional opportunities through radio, design, writing, photography and much more!
  6. Facilities & Technology: Thanks to a generous $22 million gift from the Gaylord family, students have access to three state-of-the-art television studios, 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. Gaylord technology is so advanced that for five years in a row it has been named an Apple Distinguished Program, the first journalism program so honored in the nation.
  7. Student Organizations: There are nearly a dozen student organizations offering opportunities to travel throughout the country, receive training and mentoring from professionals in the industry, enter competitions, and eat tons of free food. From San Francisco to Washington D.C. and New York, plenty of groups go to the nation’s booming areas for fashion, public relations, advertising, media and more.
  8. Internships: Today, an internship experience is a virtual necessity on your pathway to a successful job search. Our students take part in internships all over the world. Gaylord even has “OU in LA,” a Hollywood summer internship program.
  9. Industry Connections: A network of more than 11,000 alumni working around the world at all levels of organizations are excited to provide outstanding students their first career opportunity. In fact, each year, recruiters from all over the region come to Gaylord seeking the brightest and the best and our students have access to leaders in each of the five fields through internships and guest speakers.
  10. Study Abroad: There are numerous opportunities tailored for Gaylord College students to explore their majors and their fields abroad. Go connect with professionals in London and Paris as part of the British Media Tour; or take a travel writing course in Puerto Rico. For a more in-depth experience, students can spend from three weeks up to a year abroad. 

Visit the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication website

University College
  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 help new students make a successful transition from high school to college. University College seminars offer a small class setting to explore specific topics of interest like the History of Comics and Hollywood Politics.
  4. Free tutoring, Student Success Seminars, study skills coaching, a computer lab and instructional technology are offered in the Student Learning Center.
  5. Students who choose to participate in the President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Program are given the opportunity to build relationships with a faculty mentor who can help them navigate the transition to university life.
  6. We sponsor a very active, award-winning chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Freshman Honor Society, and provide scholarships and awards to recognize outstanding students.
  7. The Strategies for Success course and a team of retention specialists are here at the Center for Student Advancement for students who need extra academic support.
  8. The New Sooner Enrollment Program is a half-day, on-campus program with one-on-one academic advisement that helps students find a course plan specific to their needs, enroll in fall classes and meet other students.
  9. 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, Project Threshold, and the Graduation Office.
  10. Camp IMPACT is a brand new first year experience that provides you an in-depth exploration of the role of character in your life! We focus activities on three main components: volunteer/service opportunities; personal, cultural and social experiences; and civic exposures. These meaningful activities will take place over spring break in downtown Oklahoma City.

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Department of Aviation
  1. All four of OU’s Aviation Bachelor of Science degree concentration programs are accredited by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). AABI member universities and accredited programs subscribe to the highest educational standards found within collegiate aviation and open themselves up to peer review and assessment on a continuing basis. We listen to our students, our faculty and the aviation industry through our aviation advisory boards. 
  2. 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. 
  3. With one of the nation’s best academic and flight training foundations, OU will prepare you for a career in your chosen professional aviation discipline. Our program has been highlighted by OU and external accreditors as being very student-centered.
  4. OU Aviation offers students the opportunity to apply to aviation internships all over the country. Currently, we’re connected to paid and volunteer opportunities at American Airlines, Denver International Airport, Raytheon, Southwest Airlines, Tinker Air Force Base Airfield Operations, and UPS to name a few.
  5. The Aviation Department includes learning labs like the Simulation Center with full Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) simulation. Students are exposed to a wide variety of weather conditions and will gain proficiency in weather-related decision making in flying and controlling. This helps refine students’ aeronautical decision making skill sets.
  6. Our graduates are sought out by the aviation industry through the Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) and airline bridge/pipeline/CADET programs.
  7. Students join a legacy of more than 75 years of flight training at OU. The aviation facilities cultivate a small college-feel and atmosphere with all aviation courses taught at the OU-owned Max Westheimer airport with class D airspace and full precision approaches.
  8. OU has one of the best safety records in the nation. We are one of the first programs in the nation to incorporate Safety Management Systems (SMS) principles in all lab/student activity.
  9. Students have the opportunity for personal growth in leadership and team skills! OU’s recognized senior capstone course allows each student to engage in real-world aviation problems.
  10. You can join a number of student organizations that span across aviation disciplines including the American Association of Airport Executives Officers, Sooner Aviation Club, Sooner Air Traffic Control Association, National Intercollegiate Flying Association, Flying Sooners and Women in Aviation.

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