University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma is a public, coeducational school that was founded in 1890, before Oklahoma was even a state. It is classified as a research university, meaning that a significant part of its budget is spent on research.

The school has 152 bachelor’s degrees, 160 master’s programs and 75 doctoral degrees. There are also 20 majors that constitute the first professional degree. This school, ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as # 103 of National Universities is first in the number of Merit Scholars who are enrolled. The Sooners are well known athletically, too.

Most classes at the school have less than 50 students; the student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. That translates to the student opportunity to interact with the professors. This school also boasts one of the lowest tuitions in the Big Twelve. The University of Oklahoma has two museums that are worth a visit: The Fred Jones Junior Museum of Art and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

University of Oklahoma Accreditation Details

  • The university is accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission.
  • The Law program is accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • The Accrediting Council for Pharmacy Education accredits the Pharmacy program.
  • The Dental program is accredited by the American Dental Association.
  • The Graduate Psychology programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association.
  • The International Association of Counseling Services accredits the Counseling programs.
  • And there are other accreditations by department and college.

University of Houston Application Requirements

If you are applying as a freshman, you must complete an application form. The university utilizes the Common Application and modifies it for the institution. There is a $40 non-refundable application fee. You must request your official transcript from your high school and also have the testing agency which monitored the SAT or ACT send your official test scores to the school.

There is a form for online recommendation letters included with the common application. In addition, the University of Houston requires that you complete two essays, one each from two sets of questions. You should also take any requested examinations to determine your placement.

If you are entering as a graduate student you must complete the online common application and then complete any other requirements of your department. You should submit your application fee, your GRE, GMAT or other test scores and the transcripts of all college coursework you have taken.

Tuition and Financial Aid

All in-state students at the University of Houston receive a 62percent discount on tuition. The school modifies the tuition further for disadvantaged students. Tuition averages $7,695, room and board average $9,126, and other expenses such as fees, books and materials and personal needs can bring that total to $5,334. That means the cost for a term at the university is $22,158.

Two-thirds of the university students receive some sort of financial aid. If you think you will need assistance paying your academic bill, the first step you should take is to fill out the FAFSA form. This government program uses the information you give about your financial health, and that of your family, to determine how much you can be expected to contribute to your education. That amount, subtracted from the cost of attending your chosen school, is your financial need. Then the program qualifies you for grants such as the Pell or SEOG, for subsidized and unsubsidized loans and for work-study programs. You are notified of your awards by mail in a few weeks. The FAFSA results are also sent to the university and they are used to determine your eligibility for university grants and scholarships.

Oklahoma has a program called the “Oklahoma Promise” which guarantees the right to earn a scholarship to all students whose families earn less than $50,000 a year. There is a like program through the university, called the “Sooner Promise.”

The University of Oklahoma offers financial aid to those students with academic merit as well. These come in the form of Merit and other awards. Each college of the university sponsors awards, as well as financial assistance for students with certain majors. An online study of scholarships and grants available will reveal awards funded by private citizens or by organizations and corporations. If, after you have exhausted the list of “free” money, you find you are still short, you should consider a student loan. These are low interest and feature deferred payback options.

University Programs in Counseling and Psychology

Although counseling and psychology are two parts of the same discipline, the degrees are housed in two separate departments. Counseling degree programs are listed under the education department and psychology programs are under the psychology department.

The University of Oklahoma awards an M.ED. in Counseling Psychology that contains 45 credit hours. This is not enough to allow you to sit for the licensure exam, so the school recommends taking another 15 elective credits. The concentrations available are in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling and in School Counseling. They also offer a M.ED and a Doctoral degree in Instructional Psychology, which involves curriculum and research.

The school awards a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. This is not intended as a terminal or as a first professional degree, but is intended to allow students to get an entry-level position or to prepare them for further study at the graduate level.

The University of Oklahoma awards both Master’s degrees and PhD degrees in psychology. You can earn a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree in the discipline. Most of the graduate programs encourage doctoral-level studies because that level is necessary for research and instructional positions and for practice as a professional psychologist as well. Concentrations include Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Industrial-Organizational, Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology and Personality Psychology. The Ph.D. in Psychology includes 90 hours of study beyond the baccalaureate degree and the completion of all coursework, research projects, dissertations and internships.

If you are interested in earning a degree in counseling, or in psychology, the degrees featured here may spark an interest for your further study. The University of Oklahoma offers high-quality instruction as well as practicum through partnerships with community organizations and institutions throughout the area.