Those are the words the University of Oklahoma’s first president, David Ross Boyd, uttered when he first stepped off the train in Norman and looked across the land on which the University would eventually be built. Nearly 130 years later, those words still ring true.
With the option to choose from more than 170 majors—many of which are ranked among the best in the nation—students can find their perfect degree program and embrace academic growth. OU is the largest research institution in the state of Oklahoma and has been named a Tier 1 Research Institution by the Carnegie Foundation.
OU offers experiential learning opportunities and first-class facilities for all majors, meaning OU students earn hands-on experience that directly benefits postgraduate work. Additionally, students are encouraged to expand their educational experience through study abroad with programs in over 200 cities and 90 countries across the globe.
OU’s student body is ranked as the happiest among public schools by The Princeton Review, due in part to the University’s vibrant campus life. Students can use their free time to find their fit in any of our more than 550 student organizations or cheer on OU’s athletic teams, including the winningest program in the modern era of college football.
OU has a culturally diverse student body, representing all 50 states, over 50 tribal affiliations, and over 125 foreign countries. Our Diversity Enrichment Programs team guides prospective students from underrepresented communities during the admission process and partners with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to work toward building a welcoming and supportive campus. Open to all, OU’s Multicultural Programs and Services hosts programs that teach the skills students need for a diverse world while supporting and celebrating specific constituency groups.
Norman and OKC
Like OU, Norman and Oklahoma City offer the best of both worlds—a small-town community and big-city resources. The third-largest city in Oklahoma, Norman is a vibrant college town that’s been named the “City of Festivals” thanks to its regular large-scale activities and events across the city. Additionally, just a 30-minute drive from campus is Oklahoma City, a major metropolitan area that provides students with entertainment options, cultural opportunities, a robust job market, and more.