University Scholar

Offered to Non-Resident Students to Reward Academic Achievement


A University Scholar receives a $2,500 non-resident tuition waiver for one year.  A $1,250 tuition waiver will be applied to the non-resident tuition each semester for your first year.  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 University Scholar is advised and enrolled through the OU Scholars Program during the freshman pre-enrollment period which occurs in May and June. University Scholars are also advised through the OU Scholars Program and enroll before all upper-class OU students during the freshman year enrollment periods.

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

A University Scholar is entitled to expanded library privileges.


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

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


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

University Scholars are encouraged to apply for the Retention Scholarships which are awarded by the OU Scholars Program at the end of your first year.