Oklahoma university

What it is known for?

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What they are known for

The University of Oklahoma, known as OU for short, is a large, public research institution in Norman. The OU Sooners are traditionally dominant athletic squads that compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference, cheered on by the Sooner Schooner mascot, a replica of an old Conestoga covered wagon.
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About us

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university in Norman, Oklahoma — a short hop

(20 minutes) south of the state capital of Oklahoma City. OU’s Norman undergraduate population is just over 20,000,

giving students a major university experience in a private college atmosphere.

With three campuses in Oklahoma, OU also offers study abroad opportunities at several locations overseas.

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Things to know

  1. OU’s $250 million Campaign for Scholarships has reached $285 million in gifts and pledges.
  2. OU continues to break private fundraising records, with more than $2.3 billion in gifts and pledges since 1994.
  3. With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group.
  4. The OU Press is the oldest in the Great Plains states and ranks among the 20 most important university presses in the United States.
  5. In 2015 OU became the first public university in U.S. history to be ranked No. 1 in freshman National Merit Scholars enrolled.
  6. The Princeton Review consistently ranks OU among the best in the nation in terms of academic excellence.
  7. OU is the only Big 12 university to be selected as having one of America’s 25 most beautiful campuses.
  8. OU's fall-to-fall retentioin rate this year for freshmen is at a university all-time high of 86.1 percent.
  9. In honor of OU’s 125th anniversary, the University has launched a $500 million private fundraising campaign.
  10. Dance Magazine places the OU School of Dance in the top three of all dance programs in the country.