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University College Academic Advisors are trained in all degree programs, caring, and dedicated to your success at OU. Meet one-on-one with your advisor to create a plan for a successful academic career.

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University College offers various scholarships and awards. Students are encouraged to apply in February.

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University College offers courses that meet our mission of "assisting new students in making a successful transition to the University and in building a solid foundation for further academic success." 

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Meet with a Major Exploration Coach and receive guidance towards a major at OU that is just right for your interests and future goals.

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The President's Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Program is an excellent opportunity for students to develop nurturing and personalized experiences with faculty, thus easing the transition from high school to college and assisting in student success.

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The Student Learning Center offers various opportunities for FREE supplemental instruction, tutoring, and academic skill development. Click the button below to find out more about studying smarter, not harder.

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University College Mission

The mission of University College is to assist new students in making a successful transition to the University and in building a solid foundation for further academic success. 

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Welcome back to campus! Check out the UC Seminars available to all students! These courses are limited to 21 people or less and taught by an instructor who is passionate about the subject and teaching. All UC Seminar courses count as 2 credit-hour, letter-graded electives.

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University College Events

This I Believe: OU is Tuesday, Feb. 5th!

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This I Believe:OU

This I Believe: OU is the culminating event for the Gateway common read program. This I Believe began in the 1950s as a popular radio series hosted by Edward R. Murrow. People from all walks of life would share the values that guide their daily lives over the airwaves. In the 2009, NPR once again engaged radio listeners in this discussion about the values that guide our daily lives through their This I Believe program. Essays from both series were published in several volumes.

Every first-year student enrolled in Gateway reads the New York Times bestseller, This I Believe: The personal philosophies of remarkable men and women (Allison & Gediman, 2006). At the end of the semester, each student writes their own “This I Believe” essay. They select one of the nine virtues (open-mindedness, love of learning, intellectual humility, self-regulation, perseverance, honesty, civility, fairness, and compassion) promoted through OU’s Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing ( that they feel is showcased in their essay. 

Five students are selected to present their essays at This I Believe: OU. In addition, five OU community members are also invited to write and share their essays at the event. We hope you'll join us for a wonderful afternoon sharing our stories.

This I Believe: OU will take place from 3:30 - 5 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Meacham Auditorium, located in the Oklahoma Memorial Union - 900 Asp Ave., Norman, OK.