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Sooner Works Application Process

Applications For 2020-2021 Will Be Released Soon

In order to be sure that the Sooner Works program at The University of Oklahoma is the best match for our applicants, we require an application packet be completed for each student. Upon entering, it is expected that students will demonstrate the following minimal requirements: 

• Basic functional understanding of literacy (writing/composition) and reading skills 
• Basic mathematics understanding and ability to use a calculator 
• Ability to function independently for a sustained period of time 
• No severe behavior or emotional problems 
• Can handle and adapt to change; is not overly stressed when things change 
• Potential to be successful in competitive employment situations 
• Desire and motivation to complete a postsecondary program 
• Be between the ages of 18-26 at the start of the program 

Letters of recommendation from teachers are extremely important, too, as these describe current levels of performance across many areas. 

Applicants will have typically received extensive special education services in their secondary schools, graduated or graduating high school with a diploma or certificate of completion, and would have considerable difficulty succeeding in a traditional college degree program. 

This is a certificate program (not an accredited college degree program) and exiting students will receive a certificate of completion, NOT a degree from The University of Oklahoma. 

Note: Because of space limitations, not all applicants who complete the application and meet the “criteria for admission” will be granted an interview and/or be selected for Sooner Works; however, these students are welcome to reapply. All materials submitted to Sooner Works will become the property of Sooner Works and will not be returned or duplicated for other purposes. 

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Phases of the Application Process

1. Applications will be released Dec 1, 2019.

2. Online application for Sooner Works due by Feb 1, 2020

3. On-line submission of Letter of Recommendations for Sooner Works due by Feb 1, 2020

4. Interview notifications by Feb 21, 2020

5. In-person interviews with potential participants and family/guardians on Mar 9-10, 2020

6. Selection of potential participants on Mar 13, 2020

7. University of Oklahoma acceptance of participants estimated by May 1, 2020