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Oklahoma University Application Essays

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at University of Oklahoma (OU) is 78%. For every 100 applicants, 78 are admitted.

This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet University of Oklahoma (OU)'s requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

The average GPA at University of Oklahoma (OU) is 3.62.

(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.62, University of Oklahoma (OU) requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.62, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to University of Oklahoma (OU). More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

University of Oklahoma (OU) SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1270 (Old: 1205)

The average SAT score composite at University of Oklahoma (OU) is a 1270 on the 1600 SAT scale.

On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1205. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so this score is out of 1600.)

This score makes University of Oklahoma (OU) Competitive for SAT test scores.

University of Oklahoma (OU) SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1130, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1420. In other words, a 1130 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1420 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile

University of Oklahoma (OU) SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)

The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1060, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1340. In other words, a 1060 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1340 puts you well above average.

Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

University of Oklahoma (OU) has the Score Choice policy of "Contact School."

This means that the school wants you to contact them to learn more about their Score Choice policies. Keep reading - we may have extra notes about this from our own expert research.

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University of Oklahoma (OU) ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, University of Oklahoma (OU) likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 26

The average ACT score at University of Oklahoma (OU) is 26. This score makes University of Oklahoma (OU) Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

The 25th percentile ACT score is 24, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 29.

Even though University of Oklahoma (OU) likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 24 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 24 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to University of Oklahoma (OU), so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 24.

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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.

University of Oklahoma (OU) considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.

SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that University of Oklahoma (OU) requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.

The 2-step admissions process for undergraduate students seeking to enter the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education is explained below. This information applies to students coming to the college from University College as well as those transferring from another college or institution.

I. Admission to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (Step 1)

Students at the University of Oklahoma are eligible for admission to the college after they have:

A. a minimum of 24 college-level semester hours earned from an accredited institution of higher learning;

B. a minimum 2.75 combined retention grade point average on all coursework attempted;

C. declared a major in education.

II. Full Admission to a Certification Program (Step 2)

  1. Students seeking full admission to a teacher education program must meet the following criteria:

    __ 30 college-level hours minimum from an accredited institution of higher learning;

    __ 2.75 grade point average (OU retention);

    __ 2.75 grade point average (COMB retention)

  2. 24 hours with a "C" or better:

    __ ENGL 1113 - 3 hours

    ­­__ PSC1113 - 3 hours

    __ ENGL 1213 - 3 hours

    __ BIO/PHYS SCI(Gen Ed Core II) - 3 hours

    __ MATH (Gen Ed Core I) - 3 hours

    __ SOC/PSY/ANTH (1113) - 3 hours (Science Ed majors: please email JRCoE Undergraduate Advising office,, for an approved substitute.)

    __ HIST 1483/1493 - 3 hours

    __ Gen Ed Core IV-AF, WC, NWC; Foreign Language; or other advisor                                                                              approved Gen Ed Course - 3 hours

  3. Take and pass the OGET.

    Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET)

    Speak with your advisor if you have taken and passed the PPST in another State.

  4. Background Check. Students entering a Teacher Preparation program after the August 2013 Full Admission interviews will be charged a $30 Background Check fee which must be paid before they will be fully admitted to the program.

Admission to a teacher education certification program requires meeting particular program requirements, submission of an application and essay, passing OGET exam score, background check, and an interview with program area faculty. Upon successful completion of the interview process, students will be fully admitted to a specific teacher education program and given permission to enroll in education classes.

Admission Checklists

 Full Admission Checklist (doc)

III. Admission to the Graduate College to complete the Graduate Certification Component of the TE-PLUS Program. Required only for the Language Arts extended programs

Students must be admitted to the Graduate College to complete the graduate certification component of the TE-PLUS program. They may begin a master's degree program or be classified by the Graduate College as a certification only student. For full admission to the Graduate College, students must achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA on the last degree-conferring transcript; for conditional admission, students must achieve a 2.50-2.99 cumulative on that last degree-conferring transcript. Students must also meet the admission requirements of the master's program they wish to enter.

Academic credit from any division of the University of Oklahoma - Norman campus, Health Sciences Center, OU-Tulsa, or Continuing Education - is considered resident credit at the University of Oklahoma. Grades and hours earned in any of these divisions are included in the OU retention and cumulative grade point averages for purposes of admission or readmission to the University, and to the individual colleges within the University.

Admission requirements are subject to change on an annual basis. For information that applies to you, please consult the degree checksheet in effect at the time of your first enrollment in the state system.