University of Oklahoma: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Bizzell Memorial Library, University of Oklahoma.
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The University of Oklahoma is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 78%. OU's low state tuition and high-quality academics and student life have earned it high rankings for value. The school boasts a large number of National Merit Scholars and Rhodes Scholars. In athletics, the University of Oklahoma Sooners compete in the Division I NCAA Big 12 Conference. Popular sports include basketball, gymnastics, soccer, and track and field.

Considering applying to University of Oklahoma? Here are the admissions statistics you should know including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of Oklahoma had an acceptance rate of 78%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 78 students were admitted, making OU's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 15,811
Percent Admitted 78%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 31%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of Oklahoma requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 34% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 670
Math 560 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of OU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Oklahoma scored between 580 and 670, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 560 and 680, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1350 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at OU.

Requirements

University of Oklahome does not require the SAT writing section. OU considers your highest composite score from a single test date and does not superscore the SAT. At OU, SAT Subject tests are not required.

ACT Scores and Requirements

OU requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During 2017-18 admission cycle, 84% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (2017-18)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 30
Math 22 27
Composite 23 29

This admissions data tells us that most of OU's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of Oklahoma received a composite ACT score between 23 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

Note that University of Oklahoma does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT will be considered. OU does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, OU's incoming freshman class had an average high school GPA of 3.63. These results suggest that most successful applicants to University of Oklahoma have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Oklahoma Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Oklahoma Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Oklahoma. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University of Oklahoma, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind that OU has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. Strong application essays and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside OU's average range.