Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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Oklahoma City University

3.57 Average Rating

Kaylea from Aubrey, TX

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I'm a BFA Acting major and I feel that I am learning a great amount for my field. The one-on-one time with the professors is great; they know you by name and are able to get to know you better so that they can better help you in problem areas.
Am enjoying being here
Because it's so small, I was able to meet a lot of people very quickly and have developed a lot of close friends.
Bang for the buck
For my budget, the school is a little expensive but I've never considered switching because I love it so much.
Great for these types of students
Students in the arts (theatre, music, musical theatre, dance), nursing, athletics, law.
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Shavonne from Oklahoma City, OK

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
I feel that I am challenged by several of my teachers. My English composition teacher Ms. Keller really helped me learn how to write a cohesive and interesting essay. My public speaking teacher helped me get over my fear of formally speaking in front of others. And my violin and vocal teachers are extremely knowledgeable. Because of the small class size, if a problem occurs, contacting the teacher is easy and they are usually very understanding.
Am enjoying being here
I love Oklahoma City University. I do not live on campus or have a meal plan. However, I try to spend as much time as I can on campus. The people here are kind there are usually plenty of activities happening either on campus or right off campus. The practice rooms in the music building are extremely helpful, my teachers have believed in me and challenged me, the campus is beautiful, and there aren't too many people crowding campus. At Oklahoma City University I feel like I am part of a community, even though I don't live there.
Bang for the buck
Obviously, Oklahoma City University is expensive. However, if you are majoring in law, music, dance, art, education, or any other performing degree it is a great deal (especially if you can get a scholarship). To do well and really get the most bang for your buck, you need to be determined and disciplined. This is especially true for the performance majors. All music majors have to take piano and music theory, so music majors be prepared to do work outside of what you might normally do.
Tips for prospective students
Do not fail a few classes the first semester of college or two classes two semesters in a row or else you will lose your scholarship. I have known people that have dropped out of OCU because they could not keep their GPA high enough the first semester. Music majors be sure to schedule in your practice times to make sure that you remember to practice. If you live off campus, the library is a wonderful place to take a nap (try the fifth and second floor, they have comfy chairs) and sometimes the second floor of Walker Center there is a nice couch. To the off campus folk again: be sure to find reasons to stay on campus for as long as you can every day to make sure you make friends. Make as many friends as you can during orientation week, I am still friends with people I met the first day I went to OCU. Be sure to contact financial aid if you have concerns about how much you can pay. Schedule in a nap, especially if you have 8am classes.
Great for these types of students
For a performing, education, any type of art (visual, music, dance) or law student, if you are looking for an institution that will help you grow in your field OCU is for you.
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Hillary from Arcadia, OK

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Oklahoma City University offers many different types of classes, which allow for interactive, hands on, discussion, and lecture type learning. I love the variety of approaches at this university. The B.F.A. Acting program is teaching me a lot about what it takes to be a professional.
Am enjoying being here
Many activities are offered on campus. The student body is always inventing a new activity to become apart of. There are several plays, sports events, religious activities, and Greek gatherings every semester. However, because I live off campus, I miss out on certain events.
Bang for the buck
Oklahoma City University is extremely expensive compared to the public universities in Oklahoma, yet the learning experience is superb. The facilities are very nice and the cafeteria offers quite a few choices of meal options. For a private institution Oklahoma City University's cost is reasonable.
Tips for prospective students
When applying to this university be sure to become acquainted with your admissions counselor. They can answer more questions than you'd think. Most importantly apply for all the scholarships offered at Oklahoma City University. The school has a lot of funding that is given to the students who apply for it.
Great for these types of students
I would recommend this university to students who want to pursue a liberal arts education or to those who seek to be a professional in the performance and entertainment world. Students desiring to be actors, dancers, producers, directors, or advertisers will feel at home at this small private university, because each major specifically prepares students for the field they want to work in.
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Stacee from Moore, OK

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The teachers here are really interested in helping me succeed. Most of the things I am re-learning, but who ever said that was a horrible thing?
Am enjoying being here
I love the small classes and the one-on-one with the professors.
Bang for the buck
They help me find scholarships and are a lot cheeper than other schools. *Plus you get one-on-one and don't have to be in a class of over 100 students.
Tips for prospective students
Apply for a major and get an academic advisor A.S.A.P.
You are able to apply for more scholarships that way.
Great for these types of students
Any one returning to college, just out of high school, or any one just wanting to get their basics out of the way.
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Hannah from OKC, OK

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Majority of the classes are pretty challenging once you're out of the Gen Eds, however most of the professors are really helpful and are willing to help you if you just ask.
Am enjoying being here
There are so many things to do on campus, like Student Government and it seems like there is a club for everything. The sororities and frats do a lot as well. For it being a small school, there is a lot to do. Bricktown, Big Truck, and Cuppies and Joe are all pretty close too.
Bang for the buck
Its a pretty expensive school, but you get small classes, and you know most of the professors on a first name basis and your degree is going to mean a lot to employers. Most OCU grads are willing to help a future grad out job wise.
Tips for prospective students
Get involved! The best way to meet people is to join stuff.
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Nicole from Oklahoma City, OK

a current student here
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In three sentences
OCU has a close-knit community and warm, welcoming atmosphere. There's an organization (or organizations!) for everyone. If you can afford it, I can't think of a better place to get your college education!
Tips for prospective students
If you're planning on going into a major that requires you to audition when applying for the school, AUDITION EARLY IN THE YEAR. The talent scholarship fund at the school is not limitless, but the earlier in the year you audition, the more likely you can end up with a super great scholarship. I highly encourage private auditions instead of attending one of the public audition dates, and see if you can audition for the school BEFORE a public audition date. Just make sure you don't audition so early that your audition material isn't up to par. NOTE: OCU, particularly the Bass School of Music, doesn't just gauge your abilities, but also you're personality. They're the OCU Stars, and they have a phenomenal judge of character. So, if during your audition, a professor starts to talk to you, don't be afraid to show some of who you are!
Academic Rigor
The teachers have this amazing talent of knowing how to make a class seem easy, but you're really learning so much more than you think! There's a lot of reading, though I can't think of any college that wouldn't make you read, but OCU really knows how to pick their faculty! As long as you keep track of your classes (you're not allowed to skip!), you'll be a shining star!
Dorm Life
I don't even live on campus, but I feel like I'm part of the dorm life! I usually hang out in one of the dorm lobbies with friends from classes or extracurriculars, and it's always a great way to bond with your fellow students. I remember watching the VMAs with people I had only known two weeks, and it was like I was sitting with friends I had known my whole life!
Food and Dining
The cafeteria has some really good food! There's an Entree section where they have different features foods like chicken or gyros or curry. There's a Pizza line, where it's all pizza and breadsticks. There's the Grill with amazing grilled cheese and french fries and the Deli with delicious wraps. The caf also has a salad and vegan bar, plus a fro-yo machine and dessert bar. AND it's all you can eat!

For students with a tight lunch schedule, they have To-Go options, where you can get salads or sandwiches to go, but it still uses up your meal plan.

Also, the caf is in the Student Center, but downstairs in the Student Center is this place called Alvin's Cafe, which is right next to the campus store. They have Starbucks there and some of the same To-Go options as the caf, but they also have their own original menu! If you go for a campus visit, I suggest the Chicken Ciabatta or the Eclectic Henry (named after the campus president!)

Make sure you know the hours of the caf and Alvin's because they're different and one might come in handy more than another, depending on your schedule.
What to do for fun
Bricktown is only a short drive from campus, where there's a lot of activities. A lot of times, local entertainment places have deals for us (along with restaurants that give us student discounts or sometimes even take this stuff called StarsCash, which you get with your meal plan). One or two times a semester, you even get a free movie night!

If you want to stay on campus, there's always students playing basketball or volleyball on the west lawn (where the dorms are located). I was walking to the cafeteria for dinner one day, and I even saw students who had set up hammocks on the quad! There were just hanging around while reading books or playing guitar. It was different, but so fun!
Great for these types of students
This is a phenomenal school for performers of all kinds, whether it's instrumental, vocal, theater, acting, or dance. OCU also has a great business school, nursing school, and law school! But mostly, OCU is great for students who want an active college experience. So many students participate with multiple organizations, and there's always events for to attend. You will always have a place and you will always have friends to surround you.
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Lorenzo from Oklahoma City, OK

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
A private university that has a very good student to professor ratio and only the highest degree of professor are hired. This a very good school recommended to anyone.
Tips for prospective students
Be sure to fill our scholarships as well as financial aid
What to do for fun
Bricktown and downtown are within a few minutes away and can catch a Oklahoma City Thunder game. On campus there's numerous events held that keeps it fun year round.
Clubs and Activities
I'm a member of Hispanic student association and Tri-Beta a national honors biology club
Campus Safety
we have oklahoma City police on campus
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Brandie from Oklahoma City, OK

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Everyone I have encountered at the University as been extrememly helpful and nice. They have been a fantastic group of people and are willing to help you with whatever you need. The campus is clean and simple to navigate. Tuition cost is quite high but the financial aid department has been very helpful as well.
Tips for prospective students
Check their website. There is a ton of information on there for all degree programs.
Academic Rigor
Unable to answer this at this time as I have not began classes.
Bang for the buck
Tuition is costly, but the size of the school and classes is worth it. More one on one and they know what it's like to be a working adult with children while attending school. I've got nothing but good things to say about OCU.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
unknown
Great for these types of students
Working adults with families. PERFECT!
Clubs and Activities
I'm not in any at this time and haven't investigated this yet.
Greek Life
Available but I'm not interested in sorority life.
Campus Safety
FANTASTIC!
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Kate from Oklahoma City, OK

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
OCU is a great and prestigious University. It offers great opportunities to students while giving them an excellent education. All of the teachers have their Masters or Doctorate degrees and the class sizes are small enough to provide each student with personal contact from the teacher.
Tips for prospective students
Look at scholarships for each university. OCU offers several scholarships to offset its high costs.
Academic Rigor
It is a challenging school and also implements the plus minus system so you have to work harder to get an A.
Dorm Life
There is a range of dorm life opportunities. You never have to be board at OCU.
Food and Dining
Top Chefs cook a variety of top notch food
What to do for fun
There are lots of things to do for fun! From sports events, to free movie night, to the many speakers brought in, there is always something going on.
Bang for the buck
It is the most expensive school in Oklahoma, yet they offer several scholarship opportunities.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
OCU has lots of traditions... however you have to come to find out.
Great for these types of students
Business, creative, acting, music, theater, nursing... all students!
Clubs and Activities
Lots of clubs and activities!
Greek Life
OCU has three sororities and 3 fraternities
Campus Safety
Campus safety is excellent at OCU. There are always police present and they are very helpful.
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