The University of Oklahoma's main campus is located in Norman, a university-oriented residential community (population: 110,000). As a "University Community" Norman has excellent schools, inexpensive housing (about half the price of coastal cities), great shopping and abundant entertainment. The University of Oklahoma itself offers great theater, first rate musical and dance productions, and outstanding intercollegiate sports. National recording and performing artists regularly appear at the University's Lloyd Noble Arena. The University's Museum of Art, the new Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (the largest of its kind in the world associated with a university), and the History of Science Collection add to the cultural richness of the campus. The climate is delightful with short winters, beautiful falls, long springs, and warm summers.
The area surrounding Norman is rolling country with many trees and horse farms. In addition, Norman has a large recreational lake that provides opportunities for virtually all water sports. Oklahoma City (population: 580,000; 1,250,000 in the OKC metro area), which is also the state capital, is located approximately 20 minutes north of Norman by interstate. The city of Norman offers the advantages of living in a medium-sized city with a small town friendly atmosphere, while still being near a major metropolitan area.