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About Start Sooner


Start Sooner is the University of Oklahoma's premiere early start program designed for incoming OU first-year students. Since 2016, our month-long program has allowed students to get ahead in their coursework, get to know campus early, and build a community going into their OU experience.

Our students have access to online and in-person classes to fit their busy schedule, a lighter course schedule in future semesters, and social experiences at one of the state's top univiersities.

Start Sooner Students

What is Start Sooner?

Start Sooner’s goal is to provide incoming first-year students a unique experience that will help them transition from high school into college. Students will be able to move into the residence halls a month early, take 6 hours of class, and explore Norman. Start Sooner at the University of Oklahoma offers challenging courses taught by distinguished faculty, residential living on campus, and engaging activities for students to enjoy sooner.

What's Involved at Start Sooner?

As a Start Sooner participant you will spend the morning and afternoon in college courses at OU. The morning course satisfies a general education credit requirement. For the morning course you will choose the most interesting course from the list of available courses. In the afternoon, all Start Sooner students will attend a Foundations to College Learning course, which satisfies an elective course credit requirement. The course will focus on teaching the incoming students how to successfully navigate OU and build a strong foundation for collegiate success.

In addition to academics, students will experience collegiate life in the residence halls through fun and exciting activities hosted and planned by our undergraduate peer advisors. Programs will be offered almost every day of the week for students to have a quick study break and meet new people.

Students have the opportunity to discover Oklahoma’s heritage and explore all our great state has to offer. Through weekend field trips to sites such as Oklahoma City museums, professional sporting events, Tulsa’s aquarium or the Philbrook Museum of Art, every student is sure to find something they enjoy! These Saturday trips are not mandatory but are encouraged for all Start Sooner students. 

Start Sooner 2022 Review

Want to learn more about Start Sooner? Check out our 2022 Start Sooner review booklet, which features in-depth information about our 2022 program, including student profiles, daily schedules, and fast facts about the program.

If you have any questions about the program or registration process email or call 405-550-3659.