OU Scholars receive specialized advising through the OU Scholars Program during summer pre-enrollment and throughout their freshman year. Our academic advisors are interested in the overall welfare of each student we advise. We understand the concerns of academically-talented students and the various issues involved in advising and counseling those students. Scholars meet with us to plan their course work and obtain information about such things as scholarships, degree requirements, registration procedures, and University policies. We are also available to assist Scholars with career exploration, improving study skills and time management, developing stress management strategies, and coping with personal crises that may arise as they adjust to college life. After the freshman year Scholars are advised through their degree-granting college or through University College if they have not declared a major.
In addition, our program provides these services to incoming National Merit, National Award, and Phillips Scholars during their freshman year. The National Scholars Program verifies National Scholar awards and handles all administrative aspects of their scholarships. The administration of ConocoPhillips Scholars awards is handled by Prospective Student Services.
Scholars Enrollment Program
We conduct a Summer enrollment program during the months of May and June for incoming freshmen OU, National Scholars and Philips Scholars. During the Program, Scholars are assessed, advised, scheduled and enrolled for the fall semester. Parents attend a parent session which is interactive and provides answers to critical questions about their student's freshman year experience and their scholarships. Parents also receive a tour of academic and housing facilities on campus. The Program is informal, highly interactive and serves to introduce Scholars to the University.
Early Enrollment Privileges
OU Scholars are allowed to enroll early twice during their freshman year. Early enrollment for OU Scholars includes the pre-enrollment periods for the spring semester of their freshman year and the fall semester of their sophomore year. Consequently, they are usually able to obtain their most desired class schedule because classes have not yet been filled. National and Phillips Scholars may enroll early each semester during their undergraduate program.
Expanded Library Privileges
Scholars may check out books for four weeks, check out journals available to graduate students and receive a complete set of Guide to the Libraries.
Free OU Departmental Advanced Standing Exams
The OU Departmental Advanced Standing exams are offered by various departments at OU to allow a student to earn advanced standing course credit. Although OU course credit may be earned through these exams, the course credit is not always transferable to other universities. Fees for the OU Departmental Advanced Standing exams are waived for OU, National and Conoco Phillips Scholars. Scholars who wish to take these exams should pick up an OU Departmental Advanced Standing exam application form in the OU Scholars Program office. Note that these advanced standing exams are not the same as CLEP exams. Scholars must pay to take CLEP exams.