A Day in the Life at the University of Oklahoma

Daniel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the University of Oklahoma. He specializes in American literature tutoring, test prep tutoring, and a number of other subjects. Below, he shares his experience at the University of Oklahoma:

Describe the campus setting and transportation options.

Daniel: The University of Oklahoma’s campus is in the middle of town, with plenty of places to eat and drink on Campus Corner. You can walk basically anywhere within the campus or ride a bicycle. The bus system is free of charge for OU students, which is very convenient if you are from out of town and have to go grocery shopping.

How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?

Daniel: The professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants were very available during my time at OU. The professors and teaching assistants would have office hours posted outside their office door, so it was always easy to drop by or make an appointment.

How would you describe the dorm life—rooms, dining options, location, socialization opportunities with other students?

Daniel: There were plenty of activities and clubs to get involved in on campus. The Union was a great area for students and faculty to meet, eat, and hang out.

Which majors/programs are best represented and supported? 

Daniel: I would say the schools of journalism, business, and engineering were the best represented. The school of meteorology also had a good presence at OU.

How easy or difficult was it for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?

Daniel: It was extremely easy to make friends during my freshman year at OU. There were so many activities, clubs, and social events. Each semester there were two free concerts and stand-up acts that the school hosted. There was also an auditorium, Meachem Theater, where they would play contemporary movies.

How helpful are the Career Center and other student support services? 

Daniel: It seems like there were a lot of job fairs when I was attending OU. A lot of different companies were present, so it was a good opportunity to meet people from an industry that you would like to someday be a part of.

How are the various study areas such as libraries, the student union, and dorm lounges?

Daniel: The library was huge and offered plenty of good spaces and quiet rooms to study and read in. The student union seemed like it was always busy, and nothing seemed over-crowded when I was attending.

Describe the surrounding town.

Daniel: There wasn’t a whole lot to do outside of campus. However, game days were huge celebrations that took over the entire town.

How big or small is the student body? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?

Daniel: The introductory classes were quite big, which was kind of disappointing. However, once you begin taking more specialized classes and courses that count toward your major, they are reduced to about 15-30 students per class.

Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.

Daniel: My most memorable experience at OU was my ethical theory course. I was an undergraduate, but they let me into this graduate level class because I expressed interest and enrolled in the honors program. The class size was about 10 people, and we each prepared to teach our own class at the end of the semester, which counted as our final grade. I learned the most in this class because I had to teach the material to other students. 


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