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Freshman Scholarships

If students wish to be considered for academic, leadership or community service scholarships (listed below) they must submit their application for admission by December 15. 

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$71,100 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$50,600ACT/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
Test-Optional ScholarshipsSee below 

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$127,340 National Merit Finalist
National Merit Semifinalist$60,000
($15,000 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$60,000
($15,000 x 4 years)
31 ACT or 1390 SAT (or greater) and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank 
Distinguished Scholar$56,000
($14,000 x 4 years)
29-30 ACT or 1330-1380 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank 
University Scholarship$44,000
($11,000 x 4 years)
28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank 
Academic Achievement$40,000
($10,000 x 4 years)
26-27 ACT or 1230-1290 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank
Honor Award$32,000
($8,000 x 4 years)
26 ACT or 1230 SAT (or greater) and 3.25-3.49 GPA 
Merit Award$28,000
($7,000 x 4 years)
24-25 ACT or  1160-1220 SAT and 3.5 GPA or top 10% class rank
Test-Optional ScholarshipsSee below 
Academic Major of Interest

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. 

View Academic Scholarships

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.

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.