Along with the University of Oklahoma’s growth in academic excellence for more than 100 years, an outstanding tradition in athletics has brought an exciting vitality to the Norman campus. Championship trophies have been earned in every sport, adding to the overall standards of distinction associated with OU throughout the world.
The University of Oklahoma is home to one of the most storied intercollegiate athletics programs in the nation. The Sooners boast 26 national championships in men's and women's sports, 240 team conference championships and more than 800 All-Americans. The success of OU's teams contributes to a sense of pride in the community and across the state. The very mention of the word "Sooners" evokes a sense of tradition and championships.
In addition to offering a focal point for school spirit, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at OU is committed to providing its student-athletes every opportunity to further their formal education and fully develop their athletic skills. The department operates 21 scholarship sports sanctioned by the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference. For men, the Sooners sponsor football, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and wrestling. For women, OU sponsors basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. Club sports, such as lacrosse and ultimate frisbee, are not sponsored by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
While the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics takes great pride in the success of its student-athletes in competition, the nearly 600 student-athletes who are privileged to wear Crimson and Cream are re-writing the academic record book each semester. OU teams are improving team grade point averages every semester with more than half of OU’s teams averaging about a 3.00 GPA every semester. The Prentice Gautt Athletic Student Life Center has received the NCAA/CHAMPS Life Skills “Program of Excellence” Award for the programs that are offered to OU student-athletes.