Student success is at the heart of our endeavors as a University. The Provost’s Office provides support across the institution to ensure that all students -- from high school students wanting to earn college credit to graduate students earning advanced degrees -- have access to the programs, resources, and opportunities to succeed at OU.
Retention and Graduation
In the last four years, following up on innovations pursued by OU over the last decade, student retention and graduation have become campus-wide priorities pursued by faculty, leadership, academic advisors, staff, and students. New initiatives in advisement and coaching, financial aid, summer programs, and introductory teaching, along with other initiatives already in place, helped move the freshman retention rate from 83.9% to 90.4%. With the achievement of a 90% freshman retention rate, OU joined a select group of public universities that have achieved that feat.
Through Concurrent Enrollment at OU, high school juniors and seniors can enroll in college classes and earn college credit while they are still in high school. Choosing Concurrent Enrollment allows students to explore areas of academic interest, challenge themselves, and gain valuable experiences and college credit before they graduate from high school. OU offers courses for Concurrent Enrollment students in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, online and on campus.
Intersession and Summer Session Courses
The University of Oklahoma classrooms are active year-round. Our Intersession and Summer Sessions are committed to offering innovative programs and academically enriching courses for both visiting students and currently admitted students alike. These intensive study opportunities allow students to get ahead in their major, study abroad, work on a minor, or explore a new interest without the typical pressures of fall and spring semesters.
The University of Oklahoma’s 6,600 graduate students represent 23% of the student body, and they account for a third of all degrees conferred. In an economy that increasingly values cognitive skills in the labor market, graduate and professional degrees provide our alumni with greater professional career choices and earning potential. Graduate students provide essential support for our instructional mission, and their accomplishments represent a substantial part of OU’s research and creative activity each year. Learn More.