Q&A with OU Parent Leigh Ann Klassen
What was Abbie's college search like?
Leigh Ann: The college search started with Abbie attending college fairs at her high school, staying in touch with her older friends who started college a year or two ahead of her, and getting her friends' feedback on their experiences at their chosen colleges. She also met with a former college admissions advisor, as well as her high school counselor, to gain more knowledge and perspective from them. Abbie researched individual colleges she was interested in and we scheduled campus tours.
What were you looking for in a university?
Leigh Ann: We were looking at the admission and graduation rates, freshmen retention rate, student to faculty ratio, school size, cost, available scholarships, graduate school options, number of academic programs available, study abroad opportunities, location, and extracurricular activities.
How did you discover OU?
Leigh Ann: Because we are from the Dallas area, we know a lot of people who are OU alumni or current students. We had the luxury of learning about the University from many perspectives over the years.
Did you come for a campus tour? Would you recommend it?
Leigh Ann: We attended a campus tour. I would highly encourage anyone interested in OU to do the same. The tour was very helpful in many ways – from meeting other prospective students, to talking with the tour guides who are current students, to gathering valuable information on the student body. The tour allowed us to see all aspects of OU, including dorm living, dining options, the library, football stadium, lecture halls, classrooms, and more.
What was the admissions process like for your daughter?
Leigh Ann: The admissions experience at OU was painless as the website is very straightforward with details of the application process, as well as all other requirements. Our admissions counselor was prompt and thorough in answering questions we had along the way. We were also pleased with the speed at which they notified us of Abbie’s acceptance.
Why did your daughter decide to attend OU?
Leigh Ann: Abbie decided to attend OU after several visits, she said it truly felt like home. Professors, current students, faculty, and others we encountered all did a great job at answering questions and guiding her along the journey to ultimately choosing OU.
What is your daughter's experience at OU so far?
Leigh Ann: It has been great! She has enjoyed meeting new friends, learning from passionate professors who create an enjoyable learning environment, and actively participating in different events on campus – including attending the football games!
What advice would you give other families going through the college search process?
Leigh Ann: My advice to other families going through the college search process is to actively listen to your student and help guide them, don’t make decisions for them. I believe having your student find a school that fits them and feels like home is a key component to having a happy and successful college student.