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Applying for scholarships as an incoming freshman or transfer student is easy! Select your student type to learn more about automatic academic scholarships and application deadlines.

RaiseMe

RaiseMe helps eligible students in grades 9-12 earn micro-scholarships for academic and extracurricular achievements throughout high school. When students add achievements to their portfolio on RaiseMe, they become eligible to earn micro-scholarships from the University of Oklahoma. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to earn micro-scholarships on RaiseMe. Click below to learn more. These scholarships represent the minium amount of money promised from OU. You must have a RaiseMe profile, follow OU, and apply to OU before the December 15 priority scholarship deadline of your senior year.

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Outside Scholarships

Search a comprehensive list of outside scholarships based on multiple categories recommended by OU admission counselors and scholarships awarded to current OU students.*

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Freshman Scholarships

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making a world-class education attainable. In an effort to keep OU affordable, while also recognizing our outstanding students, this year OU has increased several freshman scholarships for the incoming class of 2020 and did not increase tuition for the 2019-20 school year. This is the second year in a row OU has not increased tuition.

OU offers a variety of scholarships for admitted incoming freshmen. You must apply by December 15 to receive priority consideration. This list represents some of the general, university-centralized freshman scholarships for fall 2020, but is not all-inclusive. Applicants are encouraged to retake the ACT and/or SAT through April 30 and send their seventh semester transcript for scholarship update consideration. A student will be offered the highest tuition waiver based on their qualifications. Students cannot receive more than one academic award.

The University of Oklahoma uses the highest composite score from a single date on the national or residual tests taken before April 30. We do not superscore for the ACT or SAT. OU's Office of Admissions and Recruitment also uses a standardized weighted GPA for scholarship awarding purposes. This is referred to as the student’s scholarship GPA.

Scholarship GPA provides extra weight to AP, IB, Pre-AP, honors, and concurrent or dual credit courses in a uniform manner across all applications. This standardized weighting process allows the admissions committee to account for the wide variety of weighting scales used at high schools, and for applicants from high schools that do not provide a weighted GPA, in an equitable manner during the scholarship awarding process.

Institutional scholarships, combined with other federal, state and/or institutional aid, should not exceed the published Cost of Attendance.

Resident Freshman Scholarships

This list represents some of the general, university-centralized freshman scholarships for fall 2020, but is not all-inclusive. Admitted students will be offered the highest scholarship listed in the chart below based on their qualifications. Students cannot receive more than one of these academic awards. 

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications 
National Merit Finalist$68,500 National Merit Finalist
National Merit Semifinalist$16,000
($4,000 x 4 years)
Be named a National Merit Semifinalist and have a 3.5 GPA. Students who advance to Finalist standing and name OU as their college choice by April 30 are eligible to be upgraded to the National Merit Finalist package.
Oklahoma State Regents' Academic Scholars Program$43,150ACT/SAT scores in top one half of one percent for OK residents.
Award of Excellence$16,000
($4,000 x 4 years)
31 ACT or 1390 SAT (or greater) and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank.
Distinguished Scholar$12,000
($3,000 x 4 years)
29-30 ACT or 1330-1380 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank.
University Scholarship$10,000
($2,500 x 4 years)
28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank. 
Academic Achievement$8,000
($2,000 x 4 years)
24-27 ACT or 1160-1290 SAT and 3.25 GPA or top 10% class rank. 
Sower Award$4,000 ($1,000 x 4 years)3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank.

Depending on your selected major of interest in the OU admissions application, you may have additional scholarship opportunities. If applicable, the application will prompt you to complete a short essay. 

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To receive consideration, answer the short essay questions in your OU admission application regarding your involvement in these activities. 

Oklahoma residents who are ranked 1 or 2 in their class are considered for a $10,000 tuition waiver ($2,500 x 4 years). Due to limited funding, ACT/SAT scores may be used to make final selections. Does not stack with automatically awarded academic scholarships.

Oklahoma residents whose annual family income does not exceed $55,000 can enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise between eighth and tenth grade to earn a scholarship for college tuition. Visit okhighered.org/okpromise to learn more.

Crimson Commitment guarantees scholarships and grants to cover tuition and average fees for an OU student who qualifies and receives Oklahoma’s Promise for four years. Tuition and fees will vary based on a student’s major.

Non-Resident Freshman Scholarships

This list represents some of the general, university-centralized freshman scholarships for fall 2020, but is not all-inclusive. Admitted students will be offered the highest scholarship listed in the chart below based on their qualifications. Students cannot receive more than one of these academic awards. 

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications
National Merit Finalist$121,500 National Merit Finalist
National Merit Semifinalist$56,000
($14,000 x 4 years)
Be named a National Merit Semifinalist and have a 3.5 GPA. Students who advance to Finalist standing and name OU as their college choice by April 30 are eligible to be upgraded to the National Merit Finalist package.
Award of Excellence$56,000
($14,000 x 4 years)
31 ACT or 1390 SAT (or greater) and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank.
Distinguished Scholar$52,000
($13,000 x 4 years)
29-30 ACT or 1330-1380 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank.
University Scholarship$36,000
($9,000 x 4 years)
28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank.
Academic Achievement$32,000
($8,000 x 4 years)
26-27 ACT or 1230-1290 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank. 
Honor Award$28,000
($7,000 x 4 years)
26 ACT or 1230 SAT (or greater) and 3.25-3.49 GPA
Merit Award$24,000
($6,000 x 4 years)
24-25 ACT or 1160-1220 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank. 
Sower Award$8,000 ($2,000 x 4 years)3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank.

Depending on your selected major of interest in the OU admissions application, you may have additional scholarship opportunities. If applicable, the application will prompt you to complete a short essay. 

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To receive consideration, answer the short essay questions in your OU admission application regarding your involvement in these activities. 

OU offers a one-time, $1,000 award to all admissible non-resident, freshmen whose parent or grandparent graduated from OU. Additional awards may be available from the Alumni Office on a competitive basis.

Transfer Scholarships

The University of Oklahoma offers a variety of scholarships to admitted transfer students based on criteria such as academics, leadership, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. There are two main categories of scholarships for transfer students: academic and competitive scholarships. Please note that for the purposes of these scholarships, you are only considered a transfer student if you have completed 24 college credit hours post high school graduation.

The list below represents centralized scholarship programs for the Norman campus and is not intended to be all-inclusive. Visit scholarships.ou.edu to explore other scholarships opportunities. Scholarships awarded by individual departments have an application deadline of February 1. You must apply by March 1 for Fall/Summer or November 1 for Spring to be considered for transfer scholarships. Apply for admission and scholarships at apply.ou.edu

Resident Transfer Scholarships

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications
Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship$6,000
($3,000 x 2 years)
3.75+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic Distinction Scholarship$4,000
($2,000 x 2 years)
3.5+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic Achievement Scholarship$2,000
($1,000 x 2 years)
3.25+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Leadership Award$1,000Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership.
Phi Theta Kappa$1,000Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership. Transfer students who participated in Phi Theta Kappa at their transferring institution are eligible.

Non-Resident Transfer Scholarships

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications
Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship$18,000
($9,000 x 2 years)
3.75+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic Distinction Scholarship$14,000
($7,000 x 2 years)
3.5+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic Achievement Scholarship$10,000
($5,000 x 2 years)
3.25+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Leadership Award$2,000Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership.
Phi Theta Kappa$2,500Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership. Transfer students who participated in Phi Theta Kappa at their transferring institution are eligible.

International Scholarships

The University of Oklahoma offers scholarships to international students based on your completed application for admission to the university and qualified SAT or ACT exam scores. Admissible, non-US citizens attending secondary school in a country other than the United States are eligible for the scholarships listed below.

You must apply for admission by December 15 to be considered for these scholarship opportunities. Applicants may retake the SAT and/or ACT exam and send updated, official exam results to the Office of International Admissions & Recruitment through April 30, 2020. A student’s highest overall score from a single exam date will be used for scholarship consideration.

Freshman International Scholarships

Admitted students will be offered the highest scholarship listed in the chart below based on their qualifications. Students cannot receive more than one of these academic awards. 

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications
Award of Excellence$56,000
($14,000 x 4 years)
31 ACT or 1390 SAT (or greater)
Distinguished Scholar$52,000
($13,000 x 4 years)
29-30 ACT or 1330-1380 SAT
University Scholarship$36,000
($9,000 x 4 years)
28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT
Academic Achievement Award$32,000
($8,000 x 4 years)
26-27 ACT or 1230-1290 SAT
Non-Resident Merit Award$24,000
($6,000 x 4 years)
24-25 ACT or 1160-1220 SAT
Sower Award$8,000 ($2,000 x 4 years)Please contact our International Team at intladmissions@ou.edu for details.

Transfer International Scholarships

The University of Oklahoma offers a variety of scholarships to admitted transfer students based on criteria such as academics, leadership, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. There are two main categories of scholarships for transfer students: academic and competitive scholarships. Please note that for the purposes of these scholarships, you are only considered a transfer student if you have completed 24 college credit hours post high school graduation.

The list below represents centralized scholarship programs for the Norman campus and is not intended to be all-inclusive. Visit scholarships.ou.edu to explore other scholarships opportunities. Scholarships awarded by individual departments have an application deadline of February 1. Apply for admission and scholarships at apply.ou.edu

ScholarshipAward AmountQualifications
Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship$18,000
($9,000 x 2 years)
3.75+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic Distinction Scholarship$14,000
($7,000 x 2 years)
3.5+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Academic Achievement Scholarship$10,000
($5,000 x 2 years)
3.25+ Transfer GPA
Transfer Leadership Award$2,000Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership.
Transfer Housing Award$1,500
(Traditions Square)
$2,000
(Residential Colleges)
Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership. Transfer students who live in on-campus housing in Traditions Square or the residential colleges are eligible.
Phi Theta Kappa$2,500Competitively awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated leadership. Transfer students who participated in Phi Theta Kappa at their transferring institution are eligible.