General advising for most freshmen and many sophomores is provided by University College, a non-degree college that focuses on helping students make the transition to the university and provides them with academic advising and a variety of counseling activities to help them select a major and achieve academic success. During the freshman year, the OU Scholars Program provides specialized advising services to OU Scholars, National Merit, National Award and Conoco Phillips Scholars.
Once students are admitted to a degree college, they are advised either by academic counselors in the college office or by professional or faculty advisers in the department in which they are majoring.
A flowchart (PDF) of academic advising from the Graduation Planner can be helpful when moving from one academic unit to another.
In addition to formal academic advising, students may select from a wide variety of additional counseling and support services, including workshops offered by the Assessment Center, Learning Center, and the Center for Student Life; individual career advising by Career Services; and academic assistance through the Writing Center and several tutoring programs.