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Honors & National Merit

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Honors at OU

The University of Oklahoma is dedicated to providing academically gifted students with the resources and opportunities to develop their intellectual ability to the fullest. At OU, you will experience the benefits of a large university focused on undergraduate research and experiential learning, combined with a unique sense of community focused on your personalized success. OU is the only university in the nation, public or private, whose students have won Goldwater, Mitchell, Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and National Security Education Program scholarships in the same year.

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Honors College

Students in the Honors College will have access to more research experiences and support, smaller class sizes, top-tier faculty members, additional support and academic resources, preparation for prestigious scholarships and post-graduate programs, and more.


Explore OU's Honors College

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National Merit

National Merit Scholars are an integral part of OU's commitment to academic excellence and research. During their time on campus, our scholars will receive the best possible educational experience through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.

The National Merit Experience

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OU offers a variety of scholarships for admitted incoming freshmen. These university-centralized freshman scholarships are automatically awarded if you apply by the deadline and meet the specific criteria.



Scholarship Opportunities

On-Campus and Virtual Experiences

The best way to experience The University of Oklahoma is to visit our beautiful campus in Norman, Oklahoma, or register for a webinar. Visiting campus will allow you to imagine what life on campus is like for a high-achieving student. You will also see our state-of-the-art facilities, historic buildings, residence halls, and student hubs that showcase the OU community, spirit, and excellence.

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Honors Personalized Visit

During your visit, you'll learn more about the Honors College, our academic programs, and scholarships for high-achieving students. We will also set up an appointment for you to meet with a professor, department chairperson, or dean in your field of interest.


Register for a visit

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Join a webinar

We offer virtual information sessions bi-weekly on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. CT about the OU Honors College and bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. CT about the National Merit Scholarship program.


Register for a webinar

Connect With Us

Admissions counselors are here to help you navigate your college search and admissions process and answer any questions you may have. Follow the link below to connect with us!

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