The University of Oklahoma is a large, super-spirited school full of good ol’ down-home hospitality. The rigor of the academics varies by major, with engineering and science programs reportedly the most intense. When they aren’t studying, students have a smorgasbord of campus activities to choose from, including a large student government association, significant Southern-style Greek life, intramural sports teams, and clubs suiting any interest. Norman is a classic college town with Sooner flags flying from porches and OU garb adorning students and locals alike. The whole town (and much of the state) lives for Oklahoma football and it’s hard to avoid getting caught up in the spirit of “Sooner Magic” during four years here. Nightlife is lively at Campus Corner from Thursday to Sunday, though parties can usually be found any night of the week at off-campus houses or on-campus frats (shhh… it’s a “dry” campus). For those not into boozing, regular campus events and Norman’s resources offer lots of alternatives. The university’s graduation rate of 67% is just 1% lower than other schools with similar student populations, according to MONEY’s calculations.
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The University of Oklahoma is a wonderful school for a lot of reasons. The academics are wonderful, the professors are knowledgeable and helpful, and all of the staff only wants help. The campus is beautiful and most of the student body is perfectly friendly.
OU alumni have so much pride in this institution, so the alumni network is very strong. In addition, all of OU's degree programs are nationally competitive and truly prepare students for careers. I have a while to go, but I feel very strongly that I'll have the skills and training necessary to begin a career out of college.
My college experience has been incredible so far. There are so many opportunities for me at OU. Even though I changed my major, I know that my new one offers a great program, and should I ever decide to change again, all of Oklahoma's academic areas are nationally competitive.