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Freshman Admissions

We seek smart, motivated and service-oriented students who will enhance our academic community and, ultimately, make meaningful contributions to the national and global communities. 

Two Ways to Apply

Incoming freshman can apply one of two ways to the University of Oklahoma, either through the OU Application or the Common Application. OU does not give preference to one application over the other. All students 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

We Value Your Whole Experience

A student's potential is based on more than just numbers, and so we look at each individual for a range of qualities – from intellect, imagination, compassion, respect, generosity and decency, to diversity of background and experience, strength of character and determination to conquer challenges. Therefore, each application for admission is read thoroughly, thoughtfully and fairly to evaluate all-around excellence in academics, the arts, athletics, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. 

Dates to remember

OCT. 1
FAFSA opens

NOV. 1 
Spring application deadline

DEC. 15
Scholarship deadline

FEB. 1
Fall application deadline

MARCH 1
Summer application deadline

Holistic Evaluation

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ACADEMIC RIGOR:
GPA, ACT/SAT score, course rigor and class rank.

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

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ENGAGEMENT: Community involvement, leadership, extra-curricular activities, work experience and exceptional talents.

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

Additional Admission Materials

1. Submit either the OU Application or Common 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
  • Official test scores to us through ACT and/or The College Board. Your test scores may also be included on your official high school transcript
  • Letter 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 4 to 6 weeks.

Admissions Decisions

We admit only the number of students that OU has the capacity to teach and serve effectively. Our standards ensure that the students we admit are prepared to excel in our highly competitive academic environment.

The Admissions Committee reviews all information submitted by and on behalf of each applicant. There are several outcomes determined by the Committee.

  • Applicants may be admitted without additional conditions.
  • The applicant may be offered admission based on terms outlined in an admissions agreement.
  • The applicant may be placed on a wait list.  Applicants on the wait list will be admitted on a space-available basis, with preference given to the most academically qualified applicants in the pool. We understand that the "wait" may be challenging for many students and their parents. We make every effort to finalize our wait list decisions by May.
  • An applicant may be denied admission.

All transcripts, test scores, correspondence or other materials submitted in conjunction with an application for admission become the permanent property of the University and will not be returned. Should you need copies of your transcripts for other purposes, you must obtain them from the originating institution(s).

Undocumented Students

If you are an undocumented student, please visit our Undocumented Admissions page for information on how to apply to the University of Oklahoma. 

Alumni Waiver

Know an OU grad? Ask for the alumni waiver code! Each OU graduate receives a one time code to use once per year to waiver the application fee for prospective students. 

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.