University of Oklahoma
#203 Overall Influence#1309 Desirability Rank

University of Oklahoma

Public research university in Norman, Oklahoma, United States

The University of Oklahoma (OU) was founded in 1890. OU offers 152 bachelor’s degree programs, 160 master’s programs, 75 doctoral programs, and 20 professional certificates. Among OU’s most popular programs are those in the fields of business, engineering, communication, and journalism.

OU’s distance-learning department, OU Online, offers more than 30 graduate degrees and certificates.

OU is associated with many distinguished alumni and faculty, including the following persons:

  • Mathematician, Gladys West
  • Philosophers—Linda Zagzebski, Zev Trachtenberg, and Nancy E. Snow
  • Actors—James Garner, Van Heflin, Dennis Weaver, and Ed Harris
  • Dramatic soprano, Roberta Knie
  • Baritone, Stephen Dickson
  • Singer-songwriters, Tom Paxton and David Gates
  • Physicist, James Benford
  • Meteorologists, Erik N. Rasmussen and Neil B. Ward
  • Botanist, Norman H. Boke
  • Historians of science—David B. Kitts, Dwayne H.D. Roller, and F. Jamil Ragep
  • Former US Representatives—Carl Albert, Dick Armey, J.C. Watts, and Tom Cole
  • Current US Senator, Tom Coburn

OU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

From Wikipedia

The University of Oklahoma is a public research university in Norman, Oklahoma. Founded in 1890, it had existed in Oklahoma Territory near Indian Territory for 17 years before the two became the state of Oklahoma. In Fall 2018 the university had 31,702 students enrolled, most at its main campus in Norman. Employing nearly 3,000 faculty members, the school offers 152 baccalaureate programs, 160 master's programs, 75 doctorate programs, and 20 majors at the first professional level.

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660 Parrington Oval, Norman OK 73019-3072

On Campus Crime Rates

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15 per 100k

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0 per 100k

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32 per 100k

Violent Crime

3 per 100k

What is University of Oklahoma known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

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Earth Sciences
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Social Work
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Political Science
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Computer Science
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Criminal Justice
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Religious Studies

Other areas of influence

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Influential People

Who are University of Oklahoma's Most influential alumni?

University of Oklahoma's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Communications, Social Work, and Business. University of Oklahoma’s most academically influential people include Jim Butcher, Don E. Schultz, and Gregory Benford.

Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher

American author

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Don E. Schultz

American academic

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Gregory Benford
Gregory Benford

Science fiction author and astrophysicist

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C. J. Cherryh
C. J. Cherryh

United States science fiction and fantasy author

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Shannon Lucid
Shannon Lucid

American biochemist and retired NASA astronaut

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Fred Haise
Fred Haise

American astronaut

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James Garner
James Garner

American film and television actor

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Ed Harris
Ed Harris

American actor and director

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Tomás Rivera
Tomás Rivera

American academic

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Eddie Chiles

American businessman

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Azar Nafisi
Azar Nafisi

Iranian academic and writer

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Donna Nelson
Donna Nelson

American chemist

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