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OU Joins Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success

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NORMAN - The University of Oklahoma recently joined the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a group of more than 140 distinguished colleges and universities across the United States committed to making college a reality for all high school students through an online portal that assists with higher education planning and applications.  

“The University of Oklahoma’s decision to join the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success came down to providing another pathway for students to access OU,” said Jeff Blahnik, associate provost and executive director of OU’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment. “OU is committed to providing avenues to education and making college attainable for students. We feel the mission and goals of fellow member schools match our own, especially as it relates to access and affordability. We are excited for this opportunity to help students succeed in their college search process.”

“Expanding our membership enables us to further our mission of making college accessible and affordable for all students,” said Annie Reznik, executive director of the Coalition. “We are thrilled to collaborate with the University of Oklahoma to offer students proven support on their path to college – and significant opportunities for successful graduation.”

This partnership between OU and the Coalition broadens options for students interested in applying to the university. In addition to joining the Coalition, OU will continue to partner with the Common Application and will still offer the OU Application as avenues to apply for freshman admission. Prospective students will not notice a change when applying to OU and all three applications will be available beginning Aug. 1.

No matter which of the three applications a student selects, he or she will receive equal admission consideration. No preference is given based on which application a student uses to apply to OU, and the admission questions are exactly the same. OU will utilize the same thorough, holistic review in its attempt to ensure the right fit. As always, OU encourages students to consult with its valued high school counselor partners or the Office of Admissions and Recruitment if there are questions about selecting the path for application for admission.

The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success was founded in 2015 by a group of dedicated college administrators with the goal to improve the college application process for all students, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups. Members include a diverse group of public and private colleges and universities that are united in their mission to support lower-income and under-resourced students, provide students with responsible financial aid and bolster students’ success in college. Along with the application, the coalition hosts several Coalition Days throughout the year where students can learn how to prepare for college. Here is a short video from a recent Coalition Day event.