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Oklahoma Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Oklahoma, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 78%, admission to Oklahoma is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1300, or an ACT score of around 26.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Oklahoma admission statistics.


Oklahoma Admissions Statistics

Oklahoma’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 78%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 12,002 applicants, Oklahoma admitted about 9,318. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.62, the average ACT score was 26, and the average SAT score was 1270.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 34, and the 75th percentile score was 35.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1130. The 75th percentile score was 1420.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Oklahoma is very competitive. Even if Oklahoma is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Oklahoma’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Oklahoma Application Requirements

To apply to Oklahoma, you’ll need to fill out either the OU Application or the Common Application, pay the $40 application fee, submit your high school transcript, submit either an ACT or SAT score, submit a letter of recommendation, submit any AP test scores you may have too. Everything should be submitted by November 1st.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out either the OU Application or the Common Application
  • Pay the $40 application fee
  • Submit either an ACT or SAT score
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit one letter of recommendation
  • Submit any AP test scores you may have

The application deadline is November 1. December 15th is the financial aid application deadline. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.

Have you been admitted to Oklahoma? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Oklahoma Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Oklahoma, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 51% are male and 49% are female
  • 5.3% of students are international

Oklahoma has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 5.3%
  • Underrepresented minority: 2.2%
  • Two or more races: 8.1%
  • White: 64%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Oklahoma offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Journalism

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Oklahoma Tuition Figures

At $41,630, Oklahoma’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $5,661.

Here’s a fuller look at Oklahoma tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $64,974
  • Average financial aid package: $5,661
  • The average student debt of a Cal Tech graduate is $28,444

Now, what is life like at Oklahoma? Let’s take a look.


Oklahoma Location

The main campus is located in Norman, Oklahoma.

Founded in 1890, the university was actually founded while Oklahoma was still known as the ‘Oklahoma Territory’. It would be another 17 years before Oklahoma actually achieved statehood, but the university was still going strong.

Remember, you’re going to Oklahoma for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Oklahoma Academics

Oklahoma has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Advertising
  • Astrophysics
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Dance
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Fine/Studio Arts
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Meteorology
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Public Administration
  • Zoology

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Oklahoma.


Student Life at Oklahoma

Oklahoma has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Oklahoma’s student activities:

  • 314 Action
  • Biology Club
  • Economics Club
  • Art Museum Ambassadors
  • Black Student Association
  • Capoeira Club>
  • Earth Rebirth
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • Headington College Film Society
  • Hip Hop Dance Club
  • Interdisciplinary Innovators
  • Music Composition Club
  • The Girls Support Girls Organization
  • Pros for Africa
  • Fine Arts Diversity Council
  • Game Developers Association

Are you an athlete? Oklahoma’s got plenty of options for you.


Oklahoma Athletics

Oklahoma offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Oklahoma’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field
  • Golf

Who might you become with an Oklahoma degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Oklahoma has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Former US House Speaker Carl Albert
  • Chef Rick Bayless
  • NBA player Blake Griffin
  • Actor Ed Harris
  • Actress Olivia Munn
  • NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid
  • AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson
  • Actor James Garner
  • Former US House Majority Leader Dick Armey
  • Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen
  • Author Gregory Benford
  • MMA fighter Frank Trigg

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Oklahoma is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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