In 1890, 17 years before Oklahoma became a state, the University of Oklahoma (OU) was founded in Norman. Today, OU is a major research university that serves the educational, cultural and economic needs of the state, region, and nation.
OU is a gathering place for students and scholars from across the nation and around the globe. Nationally known academic programs and internationally recognized faculty attract outstanding students. The relatively low cost of attending the university adds to OU's international appeal. OU provides scholars outstanding research facilities and unique resources, while offering a diverse community with professors from various ethnic backgrounds and opportunities for students to participate in numerous cultural organizations.