Since every member of the Sooner family is unique, we provide individualized support services to help students reach their goals.
With a student-to-faculty ratio of just 18:1 and an average class size of 32, you will interact with faculty and staff members who make it a top priority to be available to students. Through programs like the Writing Center, free tutoring, one-on-one academic advising and classes that help with your transition to college, you will receive valuable assistance from your freshman to your senior year.
Small Class Sizes are the Norm at OU
With a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 and an average class size of just 33 students, our students receive the personal attention they deserve. All of our freshman English Composition classes are capped at only 19 students, and Honors College classes will never have more than 22 students.
University College was founded in 1942 as one of the first of its kind in the nation and is designed to meet the needs of incoming freshmen and current OU students. Housed in the Lissa and Cy Wagner Academic Student Services Center, a beautiful new building at the center of campus, University College offers freshman orientation seminars and classes, one-on-one academic advising, faculty mentoring, major
exploration and free, walk-in tutoring. Wagner Hall also includes computer labs, study areas and a Writing Center where freshmen can receive advisement on academic papers from upperclass students. For more information on University College, visit ou.edu/univcoll.
Our Faculty-in-Residence program allows students living in university housing to receive mentorship from current OU faculty. In this program, faculty members and their families live in apartments in the residence halls and plan events for the residents. OU is one of only a few universities in the nation to have this program!
Resident Advisers (RAs) are upperclassmen who are assigned to each residence hall community who live near their assigned students. RAs are responsible for creating a sense of community, planning events and providing advice and support. With the help of the RAs, students get to know their hallmates and form friendships and a support system as they learn how to live away from home. RAs also distribute important housing and university information/deadlines and are available to help 24/7 with any concerns the students may have.
Sooner Orientation Weekend (SOW)
SOW takes place during move-in and the first day of classes and gives new students the opportunity to get acquainted with campus and Norman. Students can also learn about OU programs and services.
Gateway to College Learning Class
This class helps high school students transition to college. Taught by some of the most
enthusiastic and well-known professors on campus, the three primary study areas include success in academic life, success in personal life and success in accessing OU resources. For more information, visit ou.edu/univcoll.
Graduation coaches meet regularly with students to discuss academic services on campus, goal setting, career and major choices, getting involved on campus and leadership skills training. To learn more, visit ou.edu/graduatesooner.
Career Services guides OU students on the path to finding a job after college through career fairs, resume-writing workshops, on-campus interviews with top employers and assistance exploring internships. Career Services will even conduct mock interviews to help your student prepare for a job interview. To learn more about the many services offered, visit ou.edu/career.
Sooners Helping Sooners (SHS)
One Sooner Family. One Big Way to Help. Sooners Helping Sooners is a new student initiative to raise money for an OU Emergency Allocation Account. This fund was created to help students who find themselves in extenuating circumstances and in need of emergency financial assistance. Examples of such circumstances can include apartment fires, the death of a family member and emergency medical care, among others. The goal of SHS is to come together and show compassion and support so that every Sooner has an opportunity to succeed at OU.