NORMAN – The Honors College at the University of Oklahoma is one of the top 25 public university honors programs in the nation, according to A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs.
The review is the only publication that provides detailed ratings and reviews of major public honors colleges and honors programs. It contains ratings of eight program components: honors graduation requirements; range and type of honors courses; honors class size; honors graduation rates; ratio of honors staff to students; honors residence halls; prestigious awards; and priority registration for classes.
“The Honors College led by David Ray is worthy of this recognition as one of the best in the nation,” said OU President David L. Boren. “The college challenges our finest students to develop their talents to the fullest. It provides an excellent small college environment in the midst of a large comprehensive university. The excellence of the Honors College is one of the reasons why OU leads the nation in National Merit Scholars enrolled.”
The "Review" has unique data about actual SAT and ACT averages for each program, actual high school rank and GPAs, and actual class size and course information based on an extremely detailed analysis of each university’s complete course schedules. The Review also has extensive information on financial aid and scholarships, study abroad facts and figures, undergraduate research opportunities, National Merit qualifying scores, and the best universities for National Merit Scholars.
OU was awarded a 4.5 out of 5 overall rating. In addition to OU, honorees include the Echols Scholars Program at the University of Virginia; the College of Literature, Science and the Arts Honors Program at the University of Michigan; and Honors Carolina at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
The Honors College provides a supportive and challenging academic program for more than 3,000 intellectually motivated undergraduate students. Offering an enriching interdisciplinary curriculum through its diverse programs, the college supports students in a full range of academic pursuits. Carefully designed small classes usually of 19 students or less, a collegial environment and close advising prepare students for advanced study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or any other bachelor’s degrees offered at OU. The Honors College seeks to inspire students to a lifetime of broad intellectual curiosity and continuing self-sustained inquiry and personal growth.
Each semester, the Honors College sponsors a program of informal reading groups that meet one hour per week to discuss about 50 pages of reading from specific books. The books cover a wide range of topics, and most have been recommended by honors students. To participate, the only commitment is that each student makes a good-faith effort to do the reading and come to the group meeting as often as possible, with the understanding there may be one or two weeks when students need to do other things.
The honors program at OU was launched in the 1963-64 academic year by OU President George Lynn Cross and professor Paul Ruggiers. When Boren became OU president in 1994, one of his goals was to provide intense intellectual challenges that would equal those available at smaller private institutions. Through his leadership, the honors program was elevated to college status. Since Boren became OU president, the university has had four Rhodes Scholars.
The "Review"’s complete list of the nation’s top honors programs can be found at publicuniversityhonors.com/new-top-programs-by-category.