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University College includes Advising, the Assessment Center, the Center for Student Advancement, Freshman Programs, and the Student Learning Center to serve OU students. We're also the academic home of OU's ROTC. Founded in 1942, University College was one of the first academic units in the United States to focus on meeting the special needs of first year students. Since then, many colleges and universities have patterned their first year experience (FYE) programs on the University College model.

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University College Departments

The University College Academic Advising office is committed to fostering a collaborative environment between advisor and student, promoting positive educational experiences and enabling responsible and successful student academic progress.

Questions? Contact us at (405) 325-3521,, or visit us in Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall, Suite 100.

The Advising Records Office is committed to helping students succeed by supporting the advising process – ensuring that student records are current and complete. The Advising Records Office staff are located in the Advising Suite, located in Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall, Suite 100. 

Empowering student success through accurate placement into OU courses is the primary focus of the University College Assessment Center. Individual assessments are available for math, reading, and English.

Need help deciding on a major that fits your interests, skills, and career goals? Using our interest assessment tests and expert knowledge of OU majors and careers, our Major Exploration Coaches will help you discover your options and decide on an academic major.

The Center for Student Advancement is committed to providing programs and services that promote the retention and success of students experiencing academic challenges. CSA offers specialized advising and the following courses: Strategies for Success, Transitions, First Steps, and First-Year Student Mentoring. The Center is open for student walk-ins or appointments.

Questions? Contact us at (405) 325-2574 or visit Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall, Suite 150.

First-Year Learning and Engagement assists students in making a successful transition from high school to university learning through various initiatives. Courses offered through First-Year Learning and Engagement, include: First-Year Foundations and University College Seminars. These courses help students develop the ability to engage in higher-level academic thinking, access resources available at a research university, cultivate vital life skills, and gain knowledge of the traditions and campus life culture at the University of Oklahoma. Other First-Year Learning and Engagement events and initiatives include This I Believe: OU, the UCOL Peer Teaching Assistant program, and Alpha Lambda Delta.

Questions? Contact us at (405) 325-3470,, or visit Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall, Suite 170.

At the heart of everything we do at OU is the student experience. To prepare our students to be the best leaders of tomorrow, we have crafted an intentional educational pathway that best equips students to enter society as leaders who understand the world around them and are able to navigate it with respect and dignity for all.

First-Year Experience houses the General Education courses now required for all incoming students. Students will be able to choose from among three courses to fulfill this requirement.Gateway to Belonging at OU - UCOL 1523, Global Perspectives - UCOL 1533, and Ethical and Intercultural Leadership - UCOL 1543.

Questions? Email, call (405) 325-0387, or visit Less and Cy Wagner Hall, Suite 270. 

ROTC is an education and training program at select universities throughout the United States to prepare qualified men and women for service as commissioned officers in the military. Students awarded ROTC scholarships often receive full tuition, books, fees and other financial benefits. This includes the Naval, Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Click here for the ROTC homepage.

The Student Learning Center's mission is to promote students' academic achievement, critical thinking skills, and positive study habits. The SLC does this through an academic assistance program called UC Action, a Study Skills offering workshops and study consultations, technology resources, and study space.

Questions? Contact us at (405) 325-7621,, or visit Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall, Suite 245.

Summer: Wagner Hall 245 is available on a limited basis Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

For a detailed schedule, click here.

Explore Wagner Hall

Photo of the centriole located on Wagner Hall

Lissa and Cy Wagner Student Academic Services Center was completed in the Spring of 2009. Wagner Hall houses most University College departments, the Writing Center, the Graduation Office, and Project Threshold. In addition, Wagner Hall has classrooms and study rooms which can be reserved by students. Wagner Hall is at the center of a developing "student services district" in the middle of campus seeking to improve student success, retention, and graduation rates.

Two centrioles are located on the south wall of Wagner Hall. Centrioles are prominent features in animal cells as they shoot out microtubules all over the cell to move things about — sort of like the air traffic control centers of the cell. Alan Morning, the Wagner Hall architect, and Dr. Douglas Gaffin, dean of University College at the time, chose this cross section of a centriole to adorn Wagner Hall. The centriole also serves as a metaphor for University College — where UC’s staff and programs help guide students as they begin their OU careers.

Click here to learn more about Wagner Hall resources and to reserve a study room!

Affiliations and Recognitions

Click here to learn more about University College faculty and staff affliciations and recognitions.


Click here to learn more about the official newsletter for University College and view issues.