Distinguished Scholar (Resident)

Offered to Resident Students to Reward Academic Achievement


A Distinguished Scholar receives an $8,000 resident tuition waiver for four years.  A $1,000 tuition waiver will be applied to the resident tuition each semester for eight semesters.  This tuition waiver may be applied only to tuition and cannot cover any other type of fees such as pre-enrollment service fees incurred in May or June, correspondence courses, activity, facility or health fees, housing, computer support, and/or meal charges.

A Distinguished Scholar is advised and enrolled through the OU Scholars Program during the freshman pre-enrollment period which occurs in May and June. Distinguished Scholars are also advised through the OU Scholars Program and enroll before all upper-class OU students during the freshman year enrollment periods.

A Distinguished Scholar may take OU Departmental Advanced Standing Examinations free of charge.

A Distinguished Scholar is entitled to expanded library privileges.


A Distinguished Scholar must earn 28 credit hours in each academic year.

A Distinguished Scholar must participate in a 1½ hour Scholars Orientation Workshop which takes place the weekend before classes begin.

A Distinguished Scholar must maintain a combined retention GPA of 2.80 for annual continuation of this award. The GPA is verified for the first time at the end of the spring semester of the freshman year, and every semester thereafter.


Distinguished Scholars are eligible to apply to the Honors Curriculum which offers smaller, enhanced sections of courses for academically talented students.