The University of Oklahoma is home to a vibrant, diverse student body, with more than 400 active registered student organizations representing their varied interests, backgrounds, aspirations, and lifestyles.
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African American Student Life
African American Student Life is focused on helping African American students make the most of their academic opportunities at the University of Oklahoma. Its primary purpose is to retain and graduate African American students. In doing this, it provides students with positive campus life experiences to enrich their collegiate experience and prepares them for successful careers after graduation. Through campus and community involvement, mentorship, leadership development, and cultural support, African American Student Life guides students to the best versions of themselves.
American Indian Student Life
American Indian Student Life at the University of Oklahoma is dedicated to providing the support and assistance necessary to help American Indian students achieve their educational and personal goals. It is the designated liaison office for students, university departments, alumni, and tribes/Nations throughout the country. Programs include American Indian New Student Orientation, American Indian Heritage Month Opening Day Ceremonies, annual fall & spring cultural events, American Indian Banquet and Awards Celebration, American Indian Academic Achievement Celebration, and the Sooner Nations Institute. Services include scholarship and internship opportunities, academic support and personal advising, mentoring/advising for student organization leaders, a mentoring program for incoming freshmen, and assistance with financial aid and scholarship information.
Asian American Student Life
Asian American Student Life is designed specifically to help Asian American and Pacific Islander students make the most of their academic opportunities at the University of Oklahoma. Its goal is to retain and graduate Asian American students. It provides students with positive campus life experiences to enrich their college life and prepare them for a successful career in the future. This is accomplished by campus and community involvement, mentorship, leadership development, and cultural support. It provides support and assistance to over 1,250 Asian American and Pacific Islander students at OU.
Latino Student Life
Latino Student Life is dedicated to ensuring all Latino students have the most successful college experience possible. Latino Student Life offers programs throughout the year, including Latino Student Orientation, which focuses on helping Latino students create a network of support with the Latino leaders on campus as well as the staff members that have dedicated themselves to bettering the college experience for Latinos at OU. Cultural events promoting the Hispanic culture are held throughout the year. Many of these events are hosted in conjunction with student organizations on campus such as the Hispanic American Student Association. An advisor on staff is available to serve as a liaison between students and other resources on campus.
LGBTQ Student Life
The LGBTQ Program Advisory Board works to build a welcoming and affirming campus by creating programs focused on growing a culturally rich campus through LGBTQ community awareness, social justice and diversity education, and leadership opportunities.
Gender + Equality Center
The OU Cousins program was created in 1996 by President David Boren and Mrs. Molly Shi Boren to develop understanding, friendship and unity among U.S., international, and exchange students at OU. Students are matched according to hobbies, majors, and countries of special interest. Students are encouraged to get together outside of official OU Cousins events and share their respective cultures with one another through normal daily life.
Veteran Student Services
Students with Disabilities Resource Center
The University of Oklahoma provides individualized support services to help students achieve success. To encourage full participation for students with disabilities and help ensure equal educational opportunity, the Disability Resource Center provides a variety of support services, many of which have been developed in response to expressed student needs.
Unheard is an alliance of Black students from the University of Oklahoma that are passionate about creating a culturally aware and inclusive campus atmosphere for current and incoming students. Primary areas of focus include increasing representation and support on campus by the following: increasing the number of Black faculty, improving retention rates among Black students, increasing the amount of financial assistance and scholarships available to Black students, enhancing supportive programs for Black students, and pursuing equitable funding for Black student organizations.
Naome Kadira, Co-Director
(214) 779-0275 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Threshold, also known as Student Support Services, was originally established at the University of Oklahoma in 1970. The primary mission is to increase retention and graduation rates of program participants. Project Threshold provides a personalized approach to delivering academic support services to individuals who may face barriers to academic success in their college careers. It is one of seven TRIO programs designed to serve students who meet one or more of the following criteria:
First generation – Neither parent received a four-year degree
Economically Disadvantaged – Based on federal guidelines
Disabled – With appropriate documentation
McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program is grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs Office to prepare eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The aim is to increase the number of Ph.D.’s earned by students who are first generation, receive Pell grants, or are from ethnicities underrepresented in graduate education. The McNair Scholars Program provides encouragement, guidance, and research mentorship to eligible undergraduate students as they prepare for the rigors of graduate programs culminating in a Ph.D.