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Freshman Admission

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Freshman Admission

We're excited you've chosen to learn more about OU and our freshman admissions process. At the University of Oklahoma, we seek smart, motivated, and service-oriented students who will enhance our academic community and, ultimately, make meaningful contributions to national and global communities. You can get to know the 2020 Freshman Class here

Application Opens

Early Action Admission Deadline

Final Scholarship Admission Deadline

Final Admission Deadline

 

The Application

Incoming freshmen can apply one of three ways to the University of Oklahoma, either through the OU Application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application. All applications are thoroughly read by an admissions counselor and are evaluated holistically regardless of application type. 

Please choose only one application and continue using that application throughout the entire process.

       OU Application       

 Common Application 

Coalition Application

 

Important Dates

NOV. 1 
Early action admission deadline
& spring application deadline

DEC. 15
Final scholarship admission deadline

FEB. 1
Final admission deadline

MAR. 1
Summer application deadline

APR. 30 
Final day to update ACT/SAT score

MAY 1
Enrollment deposit due

JUNE 15
Deadline to schedule New Sooner Orientation

AUG. 1
Admission application opens

OCT. 1
FAFSA opens for fall

Admissions Materials

1. Submit either the OU ApplicationCommon Application, or Coalition Application. This includes a $40, non-refundable application fee for domestic applicants.

2. Make sure we have your supporting documents:

  • Official high school transcript that reflects at least six semesters of work completed and includes your GPA computed on an unweighted 4.0 scale and your class rank
  • Test scores, either self-reported or official test scores sent to us through ACT and/or The College Board. Your test scores may also be included on your official high school transcript. For students applying for the fall 2021 through fall 2025 semesters, OU will practice a test-optional admissions process when reviewing applications.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Official copies of any AP or CLEP test scores

3. Review requirements and other factors for admission decisions.

4. Once the Office of Admissions & Recruitment has received your application and supporting documents, we will evaluate and verify your academic credentials. You should receive a notification of your admission decision through regular mail within four to six weeks.

Holistic Admissions

The University of Oklahoma reviews freshman applications utilizing a holistic admissions process. This process considers several factors that predict academic success. These factors include high school GPA, academic rigor, ACT/SAT scores, engagement in academic and non-academic activities, writing ability, leadership, letters of recommendation, and more. The primary emphasis of the review is the student’s overall academic performance. This includes GPA, ACT/SAT scores, academic rigor, and class rank. Effective for students applying for the fall 2021 through fall 2025 semesters, OU will practice a test-optional admissions process when reviewing applications. OU will also superscore ACT/SAT scores and allow students to self report scores for admission and scholarship purposes. These scores must be verified at the time of enrollment. Beyond academic performance, the student’s essay, writing ability, and overall engagement are also strongly considered. Engagement could include community involvement, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, work experience, and exceptional talents. Finally, while not required, it is highly recommended that a student provides up to three letters of recommendation.

Holistic admissions pie chart comprised of the following categories: academic rigor, engagement, essay, and letter of recommendation
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ACADEMIC RIGOR:
GPA, ACT/SAT score (encouraged), course rigor, and class rank.

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ENGAGEMENT: 
Community involvement, leadership, extracurricular activities, work experience, and exceptional talents.

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ESSAY:  
Writing and self-expression measured through the essay. 

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LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: 
A letter of recommendation from a high school official.

The University of Oklahoma, with the approval of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, may alter admission requirements at any time, when it is in the best interest of the university and our students to do so.