University of Oklahoma Admissions Statistics

Learn About the University and the GPA, SAT, and ACT Scores You'll Need

Bizzell Memorial Library, University of Oklahoma.
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The University of Oklahoma had an acceptance rate of 74% in 2017, and admissions are more selective than that number might suggest. Nearly all admitted students have grades and standardized test scores that are above average. The university has its own application, but applicants are welcome to use the Common Application or Coalition Application as well. The admissions process is holistic, so your extracurricular activities, application essay, and letter of recommendation all play a role.

Why You Might Choose the University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma is a large public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma. The university's low state tuition and quality of academics and student life have earned it high rankings for value. The school is proud of the high number of National Merit Scholars it enrolls and the number of Rhodes Scholars it graduates. The programs in business, journalism, engineering, and meteorology are all worth a close look.

Outside of the classroom, students can join a number of student-run clubs and organizations. Options include honor societies, religious groups, performing arts ensembles, and recreational sports. In athletics, the University of Oklahoma Sooners competes in the Division I NCAA Big 12 Conference. Popular sports include basketball, gymnastics, soccer, and track and field.

University of Oklahoma GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Oklahoma GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University of Oklahoma GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of Oklahoma's Admissions Standards

Even though roughly three-quarters of applicants to the University of Oklahoma are admitted, you're still going to need relatively strong grades and standardized test scores to get an acceptance letter. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most admitted students had high school GPAs of "B+" or higher, an SAT score of 1000 or higher (RW+M), and an ACT composite score of 20 or higher. Your chances will improve measurably with grades and test scores above this lower range.

Note that a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) are mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for admission to OU did not get in. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because OU has moved to a holistic admissions process and considers many factors other than grades (although grades and test scores are the most important part of your application). The University of Oklahoma looks at the rigor of your high school courses, your application essays, extracurricular activities, work experiences, leadership experiences, and other personal qualities.

Admissions Data (2017)

  • University of Oklahoma Acceptance Rate: 74 percent

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 580 / 690
  • SAT Math: 570 / 690
  • ACT Composite: 23 / 29
  • ACT English: 23 / 30
  • ACT Math: 22 / 28

More University of Oklahoma Information

The University of Oklahoma does relatively well with financial aid, and far more students receive grant aid than loan aid. The four-year graduation rate, however, is rather low for a selective public university.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 27,918 (21,609 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51 percent male / 49 percent female
  • 85 percent full-time

Costs (2017-18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,538 (in-state); $26,919 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $645 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,588
  • Other Expenses: $5,612
  • Total Cost: $28,383 (in-state); $43,764 (out-of-state)

University of Oklahoma Financial Aid (2016-17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
  • Grants: 89 percent
  • Loans: 42 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
  • Grants: $9,372
  • Loans: $8,359

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Animal Biology, Journalism, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Organizational Behavior Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 41 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track, and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Gymnastics, Golf, Volleyball

If You Like the University of Oklahoma, Check Out These Schools

Applicants to the University of Oklahoma tend to look at other large public universities in the South Central Region of the United States. Popular options include Oklahoma State University, the University of Arkansas main campus in Fayetteville, and the University of Texas main campus in Austin. Keep in mind that UT Austin is quite a bit more selective than Oklahoma.

For applicants who are also considering private universities, popular options include Baylor University and Texas Christian University.