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Common Application

We are excited to announce our acceptance to the Common Application! Please click here or read the FAQs below to learn more about what this could mean for you as you consider applying to OU as an undergraduate incoming freshman for fall 2015.

For more information on the Common App, you can also visit commonapp.org.

  • All incoming freshmen applying for undergraduate admission to OU
  • Note: Students are considered incoming freshmen if they graduated from an accredited high school or have received a GED or are home-schooled, if their high school class will have graduated by the time they plan to enter OU, and if they have completed fewer than seven semester hours of college-level work after graduating from high school. Students who have taken courses for college credit during high school are still considered incoming freshmen.

The application for students entering in 2015 will be available on August 1, 2014. Students should not create a Common Application account or apply before this date.

The admission application is available at apply.ou.edu or by visiting commonapp.org.

  • The Common App simplifies the process for students applying to more than one university by allowing the submission of a standardized admission application to any of the more than 500 Common App member colleges and universities (spanning 47 states, the District of Columbia and seven countries outside of the United States). This eliminates the need to complete separate forms and essays for each college.
  • Our holistic admission process also encourages students to present a wide array of objective and subjective accomplishments and capabilities to be considered for admission to OU. This more comprehensive process provides students with a greater opportunity to describe ways in which their academic goals are aligned with those of the university.
  • Begin gathering the information that you will need to complete the Common App starting on August 1. We’ve created a worksheet to help you keep track of this – find it here.
  • Identify who you will ask to write your letter of recommendation (this can be a counselor, teacher or other high school representative).
  • Review essay prompts. Students will also be asked to submit an essay between 250 and 650 words. Five essay prompts will be listed and students will select one to complete. Read the five essay options here.
  • In order to be considered for certain OU scholarships (those based on leadership, community involvement and specific to certain degree programs), students will also need to complete two to three additional short-answer questions as part of a Common App supplement for OU. Review the short-answer questions below and begin considering responses.
              1. The University of Oklahoma believes strongly in educating leaders of communities in
              Oklahoma and across the world. Please share your leadership experiences and why they
              are important to you.
              2. The University of Oklahoma is the home of a vibrant, diverse and compassionate
              University community. President Boren refers to our strong community as “the OU family.”
              Please describe your cultural and community service activities and why you chose to
              participate in them.
              3. What is your career area of interest, and why do you have a desire to work in this
              particular field?
    (This third, academic-based question is asked by certain academic departments. Therefore, it may or may not appear in your scholarship section depending on the academic preferences you list in your application.)
  • The Common App sections will ask you about (worksheet to help you keep track is available here):
              Family/demographic information
              Education (i.e. a list of which schools you have attended)
              Academic credentials (classes taken, grades, test scores, honors, etc.)
              Extracurricular activities and work experience
  • Students will also be asked to submit an essay between 250 and 650 words. Five essay prompts will be listed and students will select one to complete. Read the five essay options here.
  • In order to be considered for certain OU scholarships (those based on leadership, community involvement and specific to certain degree programs), students will also need to complete two to three additional short-answer questions as part of a Common App supplement for OU. Review the short-answer questions below and begin considering responses.
              1. The University of Oklahoma believes strongly in educating leaders of communities in
              Oklahoma and across the world. Please share your leadership experiences and why they
              are important to you.
              2. The University of Oklahoma is the home of a vibrant, diverse and compassionate
              University community. President Boren refers to our strong community as “the OU family.”
              Please describe your cultural and community service activities and why you chose to
              participate in them.
              3. What is your career area of interest, and why do you have a desire to work in this
              particular field?
    (This third, academic-based question is asked by certain academic departments. Therefore, it may or may not appear in your scholarship section depending on the academic preferences you list in your application.)
  • Students must submit the Common App and the supplemental OU scholarship questions by Feb. 1 in order to be considered for scholarships. The final deadline to apply for admission is April 1.
  • Remember – students can always save their progress on the Common App and return to it later.
  • The University of Oklahoma values the unique characteristics of each applicant. Our holistic approach to student admission ensures that applicants will be evaluated based on academic rigor and performance, extracurricular activities, talents, leadership and volunteerism, as well as a student’s writing and self-expression and a letter of recommendation.

Factors considered for admission:

  • Academic Rigor: A student’s academic preparation and performance measures such as high school GPA, class rank, ACT/SAT test score and course rigor.
  • Engagement: A student’s interest in OU, community involvement, leadership and extra-curricular activities, work experience and exceptional talents.
  • Writing: A student’s writing and self-expression, measured through the essay portion of the admissions application. We will also review up to three letters of recommendation.
  • Letter of Recommendation: A letter of recommendation from a high school official.
  • Students must submit the Common App and the supplemental OU scholarship application by Feb. 1 in order to be considered for scholarships.
  • Students will be asked to complete one essay as part of the Common Application. In addition, students who want to be considered for leadership, community involvement and degree program specific scholarships also need to complete two to three short answer questions on the OU supplement.
  • Students will be considered for admission and academic-based scholarships based on test scores, class rank and a grade point average without submitting the supplemental scholarship short answer questions. However, students will not be considered for leadership, community involvement and academic degree specific scholarships until they have submitted the supplemental application.
  • The Common Application essay has a minimum of 250 words and maximum of 650 words.
  • Students should list their academic achievements, organizational leadership, extracurricular activities and honors in order of importance to them.
  • If you have not done so, we recommend that you begin keeping track of your leadership roles, volunteer activities and hours, extracurricular activities and honors. Having a comprehensive list of these accomplishments will help when completing the application and when writing admission and scholarship essays.
  • Be clear and concise. It might also help to read the essay out loud to make sure it flows.
  • Be accurate. Use spell check and review punctuation.
  • Tell a story. There should be a beginning, middle and end to the essay. This is an opportunity for OU to learn more about the real lives of our future students.
  • Carefully review your responses and also have someone who can provide critical, honest feedback evaluate your writing.

Visit commonapp.org and click “Create An Account.”

Yes. If an application has been inactive for 60 minutes, it will “time out.” Please save often.

The Common Application website has helpful information for students and counselors that can answer most questions. As always, OU Recruitment Services staff members are also available to answer your questions by phone (405-325-2151) or by email (ou-pss@ou.edu).

Contact Application Support at the Common App. Click here and then click the "Ask a Question" tab to submit a ticket.

Find the University of Oklahoma within the college search tab, tick the checkbox, then click the add button to add OU to your “My Colleges” list.

The maximum number of schools to which a student can apply through the Common Application is 20.

Students will need to submit test scores directly from either College Board (OU code is 6879) or ACT (OU code is 3442).

Applicants will be asked to list a counselor/registrar within the Common App. An email from Common App to this school official will prompt him/her to upload the transcript via the Common App Recommendation system. Transcripts must be uploaded by your school through the Common Application.

  • Any high school official, including a counselor, teacher, principal, etc. Preferably someone who knows the student well.
  • Students will need to know the name and email address of their preferred recommender so he/she can be contacted about composing the letter of recommendation.

One letter of recommendation is required and two additional letters may be submitted.

The counselor is stating that the workload he/she holds is too time-intensive to allow him/her to complete a school form/letter of recommendation on a student’s behalf. As a counselor, you will need to communicate with the student that he/she needs to have another school representative submit a letter of recommendation as one letter of recommendation is required. Other FAQs for counselors can be found here.

After the admission application has been submitted, students must contact the OU Admissions Office to make any changes to information. The OU Admissions office can be reached at (405) 325-2252.

The OU Admission application fee is $40 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants.

If a student qualifies for a waiver through NACAC, ACT, or College Board, the student must upload the waiver in his/her application.

Students will be able to see a print preview of their application before submission. This print preview will be identical to the version that will be received by any schools to which they apply. Do not mail this print preview as your application.