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The first step to becoming a Sooner is to apply! Each application is read thoroughly, thoughtfully, and fairly to evaluate all-around excellence.

  1. Meet admission criteria
  2. Apply
  3. Be admitted
  4. Get advised and enroll

CLS Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

The CLS mission is to provide educational opportunities for adult and non-traditional students. This includes individuals who may not have been academically successful in the past, but because of career and additional life experiences, may now be excellent candidates for academic achievements.

Academic Experience

At the College of Liberal Studies, students enjoy an unique degree of academic freedom.

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Required Materials

Undergraduate Application Requirements

All CLS applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed OU application
  2. Official academic and/or military transcripts* from all institutions previously attended
  3. $40 application fee

APPLICANTS WITH LESS THAN 24 HOURS OF LETTER-GRADED COLLEGE CREDIT** MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

  1. Official high school transcript
  2. Statement of Purpose (300-500) words
  3. Résumé with two references
  4. Two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s potential for success in the program

APPLICANTS WITH LESS THAN A 2.0 OVERALL GPA MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

  1. Wonderlic Writing Assesments provided by CLS
  2. Résumé with two references
  3. Statement of Purpose (300 to 500 words)

CLS staff will contact applicants with instructions and information if and when these materials are required.

*Joint Services Transcripts (JST), Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), and US Coast Guard Institute transcripts. Forms DD-214 or DD-295 may also be used for assessment if discharged, separated, retired, etc.

Veterans Affairs: The University of Oklahoma requires VA application form 22-1990 or the request for change of program VA form 22-1995 for verifications of benefits.

**Applicants under 21 years of age, who are not active-duty military, and have fewer than 24 hours of letter-graded college credits, must follow the University of Oklahoma’s Norman Campus criteria for first-time entering freshmen.

Deadline

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

Fall Session I: July 1
Session II: September 15
Spring Session I: December 1
Session II: February 15
Summer: May 1

Application deadline implies receipt of all required materials by the date listed (i.e. application, application fee, official complete transcripts, and supplemental materials if applicable).

CLS Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Students who have earned at least a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university and plan to pursue an advanced degree or a graduate certificate may apply for admission.

Academic Good Standing

Graduate students must earn at least a 3.0 GPA or “B average” to maintain regular admisson status and be eligible to graduate.

Academic Experience

The CLS curriculum will remind you at every turn why you wanted a strong liberal arts education.

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Graduate Application Requirements

Admission to a graduate program at the University of Oklahoma is based on an evaluation of an applicant’s overall record, personal experience and qualifications, and proposed area of study.

All applicants must provide:

  1. Completed OU application
  2. Statement of Goals (300-500 words)
  3. Résumé
  4. $50 application fee

After all required materials have been submitted and reviewed, the application is forwarded to the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma for final review and official admission.

NOTE:

  • GRE is NOT required.
  • Letters of Recommendation are NOT required.
Deadline

Graduate Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: May 1

When applying, be prepared to upload all required materials (degree conferring transcripts, résumé, and statement of goals). Application fee is mandatory for submission.

Checklist

Now that you're admitted, find out what's next. We've set up a checklist of important post-admission steps to get you started.

After Admission Checklist

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Still have questions?

We have a staff of dedicated recruiters who are here to help as you navigate the college search, application and admissions processes. The CLS recruiters welcome any questions you have.

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