Norman & Oklahoma City
Norman is a classic college town, with a thriving local music scene and boutique shopping on Campus Corner, a historic district within walking distance of campus. Norman is filled with local, independent cafes and places to meet with friends or sit and study. Norman is also called “the city of festivals,” with over 25 each year including the Medieval Fair, Norman Music Festival, Jazz in June and the Festival of the Arts.
Orientation activities are available for you from the start. Camp Crimson is offered over the summer before your student’s freshman year and is a three-day, two-night crash course on what it means to be a Sooner. To learn more, visit ou.edu/campcrimson. But even if you don’t make it to Camp Crimson, Sooner Orientation Weekend (SOW) occurs the weekend between move-in day and the start of fall classes and offers plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with campus and meet new people. Visit ou.edu/sow for more information.
The Residence Halls will become your home away from home. Living on campus means that you are at the center of the student experience. This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to be surrounded by people who are experiencing the same situations – new room, new friends, new studies, new city... the list goes on. Hallmates will provide a close community of support and friendship. To learn more, visit ou.edu/housingandfood.
Culture and Creativity in Our Community
Each year OU’s Arts District stages offer more than 350 performances for students to enjoy. OU is also home to two of the nation’s finest museums: the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art where students can see works from artists like Van Gogh, Renoir and Monet, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, which has more than 7 million artifacts and contains 195,000 square feet on 40 acres of land. Here students can see the largest Apatosaurus on display in the world.
It is an inspiring time to live in Oklahoma. An excitement exists. It is a place with positive change happening right before our eyes. In fact, OU hosted the first-ever university TedX conference in the state. This event brought together a diverse collection of innovators across disciplines, and presenters shared their vision of the future and astounding ideas to a global audience. For many attendees, the result was unexpected connections, extraordinary insights and powerful inspiration.
Our Hometown: Norman
Norman, OK is a classic college town filled with excitement and energy. Norman is the third largest city in Oklahoma with an estimated 115,000 residents, which gives it both a small-town community and big-city resources. With a thriving local music scene and plenty of local shops and eateries, Norman is the perfect place for entertainment. Mayor Cindy Rosenthal, who is also a political science professor at OU, has credited the quality vision and leadership at the University of Oklahoma with making Norman an outstanding place to study and live, and praises “Norman’s strong sense of community, its high quality of life and affordability and its appreciation for diversity, the arts and culture.” Norman is also only 30 minutes from Oklahoma City, which is a hub of entertainment and also provides a great internship and job market for students. In fact, OKC is listed in the top ten best big cities for jobs by Forbes Magazine.