In this short essay, the University of Tulsa is trying to understand why you want to come to this school in particular, among all other schools. As you write, you don’t want to speak in generalizations about how you are “excited to work with experienced professors” or that you are “looking forward to making new friends from different walks of life.” Those are things that you might do at any university. What does Tulsa have to offer that speaks to your interests and commitments?
To answer this question well, you will need to do some research into the resources and traditions that make the University of Tulsa unique. Maybe you are an aspiring history major with a drive to learn more about the tangle of international alliances that drove Europe into World War I? If so, you might mention that you are especially excited to dig through the Algot F. Carlson World War I Archives in the McFarlin Library’s Special Collections.
Maybe you are interested in engineering and like going outside to build things; you might talk about how you hope to join Tulsa’s top-ranked McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering. Or maybe there is a specific research program that you are excited to get involved in through the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge.
Rather than discussing every single aspect of Tulsa that speaks to you, with only 250 words it is probably best to focus in on something specific. If you have taken the time to do your research and find an aspect of the University of Tulsa that speaks to you, the admissions committee will assume you have a sincere interest in coming to their university and will be more likely to offer you admission.
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If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at University of Oklahoma (OU) is 78%. For every 100 applicants, 78 are admitted.
This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet University of Oklahoma (OU)'s requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at University of Oklahoma (OU) is 3.62.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.
With a GPA of 3.62, University of Oklahoma (OU) requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.62, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to University of Oklahoma (OU). More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
University of Oklahoma (OU) SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1270 (Old: 1205)
The average SAT score composite at University of Oklahoma (OU) is a 1270 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1205. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so this score is out of 1600.)
This score makes University of Oklahoma (OU) Competitive for SAT test scores.
University of Oklahoma (OU) SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1130, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1420. In other words, a 1130 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1420 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
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University of Oklahoma (OU) SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1060, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1340. In other words, a 1060 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1340 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
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SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
University of Oklahoma (OU) has the Score Choice policy of "Contact School."
This means that the school wants you to contact them to learn more about their Score Choice policies. Keep reading - we may have extra notes about this from our own expert research.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and SAT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
University of Oklahoma (OU) ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, University of Oklahoma (OU) likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 26
The average ACT score at University of Oklahoma (OU) is 26. This score makes University of Oklahoma (OU) Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 24, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 29.
Even though University of Oklahoma (OU) likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 24 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 24 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to University of Oklahoma (OU), so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 24.
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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
University of Oklahoma (OU) considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that University of Oklahoma (OU) requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.