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Frequently Asked Questions about Sooner Discovery

Please read this list of frequently asked questions and if your question is not answered, please contact us at soonerdiscovery@ou.edu and we will be happy to assist you.

Students must have successfully completed the 10th or the 11th grade to be considered for Sooner Discovery.

Sooner Discovery stands out as a prestigious summer pre-college program for several reasons. Participating students are:

  • Linked with outstanding faculty, which prepares them for leadership and academic success in college
  • Able to explore a variety of majors, campus activities, and opportunities to learn how to best present themselves when applying for college and scholarships
  • Assisted in formulating college application essays and resumes by admissions counselors
  • Exposed to on-campus living and a college-level education at a comparatively low price

Sooner Discovery is a premiere program unlike any other in the region. We have developed our program to resemble other distinguished programs across the nation, so we can assure you that Sooner Discovery will be one of the best decisions for you and your future!

The cost differs for each student depending on where you live and what grade you have completed. Please visit the "Cost" tab to see the breakdown of Sooner Discovery pricing.

Students interested in Sooner Discovery but are in need of financial assistance may apply for a scholarship up to $750 in value. The application can be found here.

Deadline: May 1, 2020

**Every Oklahoma high school senior will receive a tuition waiver upon acceptance into the program. More information about this waiver can be found in the "Cost" tab.

Most credits are transferrable to other institutions, but it is up to the discretion of each institution to determine whether credit will be given.

Students are not allowed to leave campus unless they notify and get approval from their parent/guardian (24 hour approval is necessary) and the Sooner Discovery staff team. Students must sign out in the Sooner Discovery office in order to retrieve their car keys and explain where they are going. On orientation day, students will be informed of the campus boundaries they must stay within. 

Sundays during Sooner Discovery are designed to give students rest and an opportunity to run errands. Students are allowed to leave campus on Sunday without specific parental permission as long as they check out in the Sooner Discovery office.

Students are not allowed to ride in cars driven by other students without signed approval from a parent.

We have cars available, driven by Sooner Discovery professional staff, to take students off campus when necessary. 

Students must be in David L. Boren Hall in their room or in the study room at curfew. No exceptions will be granted to ensure the safety and success of Sooner Discovery students. 

  • Sunday – Thursday 11:00 pm
  • Friday & Saturday 12:00 am

Yes, parents can visit. If the parent is coming to campus and not taking the student off campus (e.g. eating lunch with you at the student union) we ask that they call 1 hour in advance to let us know about their visit. 

If your parent plans to take you off campus for any reason, we MUST have 24 hour advance notice. The form for leaving campus can be found on the Parents and Guardians page and can be emailed to soonerdiscovery@ou.edu

Students can visit relatives or family friends but must complete the check out process with the Program Coordinator one business day in advance. We strongly encourage students to remain on-campus with their peers for the duration of the program, as the four weeks do pass quickly.

You will be able to purchase your student ID card on Move-in/Orientation Day upon-check in. If you come to campus before Sooner Discovery begins, you can get your card at the Sooner Card office on the first floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union or at the Sooner Card office on Elm Street. 

Upon acceptance to Sooner Discovery you will receive information about paying for Sooner Discovery. You can pay in person on-campus or online after the program has begun. 

Please note that the Sooner Discovery program fee may not be applied to the student's bursar bill until after the first day of the program. 

You can purchase your textbooks online at soonerbooks.com. We suggest students purchase these ahead of time but students will have the opportunity to purchase text books from the stores near campus during the first two days of the program. 

Helpful Terms to Know

Here is a list of words used at OU that might be helpful to know during the application, advising, and enrollment process.

Your nine-digit ID number assigned to you when you are admitted.

More commonly known as your 4x4, your OU Net ID, along with your password, will be you log-in for access to OU services.

The “academic home” for all concurrent, freshmen and other students until they have earned 24 college credit hours, declared a major and have met the GPA requirement for the Degree-Granting College the major is housed. University College is also the home to pre-health majors prior to attending the OU Health Sciences Center.

The “academic home” where student pursue specific degree requirements and their major work is completed. After a student has earned 24 credit hours, declared a major and met the GPA requirement of the degree-granting college, their records are transferred from University College to their degree-granting college.

The process of planning a program and selecting courses with assistance from an academic advisor. 

The process of choosing and officially registering in a set of courses for a semester or term.

A common set of courses or categories of courses that are required of all undergraduate students to complete a degree.

The unit of credit for one hour of lecture per week for a semester.

A 16-week academic session. 

Please note – each new semester, students will enroll in a new set of courses.

A requirement, usually credit in another course, which must be met before a particular course can be taken.

A requirement that one course must be taken at the same time as another course. 

Example – some courses may have a lab or discussion that a student must also enroll to earn full credit.

3000 and 4000 level courses. 

1000 and 2000 level courses. 

An examination that is comprehensive in nature or that accounts for a greater proportion of the final grade than an exam given during the semester.

Please note - Final exams may be scheduled for a different time than when the class met during the semester.

The charge paid by all students to enroll in courses at the university. 

A charge paid by students for services, e.g., course fee, student activity fee, health fee, etc. 

If you have any questions about the program, application, or admissions process, email soonerdiscovery@ou.edu or call 405-550-3659