Welcome to the University of Oklahoma’s American Indian student page, designed to aid American Indian students navigate the college admissions process and explore the resources and community awaiting on our campus.
Long before the University of Oklahoma was established, the land on which the University now resides was the traditional home of the “Hasinais” Caddo Nation and the “Kirikirʔi:s” Wichita & Affiliated Tribes. We acknowledge this territory once also served as a hunting ground, trade exchange point, and migration route for the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, and Osage nations..
Today, 39 tribal nations dwell in the state of Oklahoma as a result of settler and colonial policies that were designed to assimilate Native people. The University of Oklahoma recognizes the historical connection our university has with its indigenous community. We acknowledge, honor, and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this land. We fully recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereign rights of all of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations. This acknowledgment is aligned with our university’s core value of creating a diverse and inclusive community. It is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture, and history that make up our entire OU community.
Additional Resources for learning about the land you are currently on, a guide to acknowledging land, and an Ally Toolkit:
Refer to the lists below to learn more about a variety of events and organizations dedicated to your success at the University of Oklahoma, both before and after you arrive on campus. This includes information about our more than 680 student organizations, details about events during which you can learn more about what life is like at OU, academic and financial resources, and more.
Visit our website for the most up-to-date information about our on-campus events.
Broadcast Journalism | Class of 2023 | Anadarko, Oklahoma | Kiowa and Cherokee
"It’s been such a life-changing journey I have been on at OU. There is a place for everybody here. The campus experience definitely gives students a family atmosphere. You really get to feel that closeness and tight-knitted nature you have within a family."
Economics and Supply Chain Management | Class of 2023 | Tahlequah, Oklahoma | Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw
"American Indian students should know that OU becomes a home away from home. The Native community at OU will welcome you with open arms. From fellowship meals to Halloween costume competitions and meat pie sales, I always have an event to look forward to and great friends to enjoy it with."
Major - Political Science Concentrating in Elections & Campaigns Management | Class of 2024 | Sulphur, Oklahoma | Chickasaw
"Being at OU has shown me that there are many people that want to impact this university, town, state, and even country. The people here inspire me to make myself better, in mind and in physical aspects. The people empower each other and in turn empower OU. They make this place what it is. OU is a place where everyone is included, quality education is earned, and a good time is always had."
Class of 2019 | MA - Applied Linguistic Anthropology | Indian Education Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor at Frontier Public Schools
"My experiences at OU helped me connect with other Native scholars across the university, not just in my department. These experiences have truly helped me in my job today where I have to use skills from a wide range of disciplines, all of which I learned from my Native peers and allies.
Wichita, Comanche, and Kiowa
Class of 2018 | Finance | Financial Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma - Research Financial Services
"During my time at OU, I became a lot more knowledgeable of the different aspects of higher education. I learned more culturally from other organizations as well as from my sisters of Gamma Delta Pi. I enjoyed my college experience and hope my kids will attend OU as well."
American Indian Students FAQ
There are many resources and organizations dedicated to serving American Indian students at the University of Oklahoma.
Many of our specific colleges within the university have multicultural clubs or organizations.
Student Life is located in Suite 370 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the Norman campus. Ryan Lee is the Program Coordinator and the advisor to the American Indian program and Services. Students are encouraged to visit Student Life early in their academic careers and often.
OU’s Fraternity and Sorority Programs and Services is a community made up of 57 chapters, of which 30% of OU’s student body is a part of. Under this department, there are multiple umbrella organizations that house certain chapters on campus.
Scholarship money can come from an institution like the University of Oklahoma, community organizations, local/state/national entities, national organizations, sports teams, alumni societies, and more.
American Indian students attending OU may be eligible for, but not limited to, the following:
National Award: The Office of Diversity Enrichment Programs administers National Award Scholarships and considers applicants who are in the Indigenous Recognition Program with a 29 or higher ACT (or SAT equivalent) and a 3.5 GPA. Students are automatically considered for this scholarship with their freshman application and is not based on financial need.
Community Enrichment: The Community Enrichment Scholars program recognizes students who are involved in cultural, heritage, and community activities supporting the values of diverse communities. Students must complete their community essay to be considered.
Diversity Enrichment Programs (DEP) Internship: Every year, 35-40 students are awarded the opportunity to serve as a Diversity Enrichment Programs Recruitment Intern. Interns receive a $1,500 tuition waiver for the academic year. Incoming freshman are eligible to apply to intern their sophomore year.
Other scholarship opportunities for Native students include through organizations such as the Native Forward, American Indian Science & Engineering Society, American Indian College Fund, and the Cobell Scholarship.
American Indian Programs & Services also encourages all students to connect with their individual tribal college readiness programs or higher education programs for tribally specific financial aid.
Students may be eligible for more scholarship opportunities. Visit OU’s scholarship page to learn more.
As a state, tax-supported institution, the University of Oklahoma gives preference in tuition pricing to residents of the State of Oklahoma. Unfortunately, you will not qualify for in-state tuition as a non-resident of Oklahoma. Refer to our In-State/Out-of-State Tuition Policy for more information.
The American Indian Student Association (AISA) serves as the central student organization for Native and Indigenous students on The University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus. AISA increases the representation of Native and Indigenous peoples on campus through general meetings, events, and activities for students. Continual collaborations with fellow Native and Indigenous organizations across campus allows for successful social and communal experiences to reinforce the strength of students in the duration of their academic advancements at The University of Oklahoma.
Other cultural organizations are as follows: American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Gamma Delta Pi, Iota Gamma, Indigenous Graduate Student Alliance, American Indian Student Fellowship, and the Native American Journalism Association.
Indigenous People’s Day celebrates, recognizes, and advocates for Indigenous communities, histories, and culture. This holiday is celebrated annually on the second Monday of October. More information can be found through the American Indian Programs and Services page.
With OU’s American Indian Programs and Services, programming takes place across campus for Indigenous People’s Day in October, Native American Heritage Month throughout November, and Indigenous Awareness Month throughout April. More information can be found through the American Indian Programs and Services page.
The American Indian Achievement Celebration is hosted by the American Indian Programs and Services to honor American Indian graduates. During this event graduates receive a verbal recognition, a graduation certificate, and a complimentary Native graduation stole.
Tribal Education Departments FAQs
OU offers programming throughout the year to help create a sense of belonging and foster community connections.
The American Indian Student Association (AISA) serves as the central student organization for Native and Indigenous students on The University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus. AISA increases the representation of Native and Indigenous peoples on campus through general meetings, events, and activities for students.
The Native Student Welcome is offered each year during Camp Crimson for first year students to learn about our many community partners, student organizations, and faculty/staff on campus that support the Native experience at OU.
American Indian Student Fellowship meets weekly on Monday evenings to share a meal among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Norman area community members.
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The goal of the Native Nations Center is to foster respectful and mutually productive relationships between Oklahoma Tribes, the students, the University, the community and key stakeholders.