University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus Top Questions

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Jawanza

Not accurate at all. :-) Unless you're here - you have no idea what changes a school will make in your life.

Kristen

For my response to this, check out- What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Scot

Definitely not! OU was not my number one choice until I visited there. I being from Alabama thought I was going to hear just about the football team on the campus tour. On the contrary, the school was very interested in my academics and was the friendliest university I visited.

Christina

Yes and no. No, the students aren't hicks. The majority of kids here love football, but there is a sizable minority that couldn't care less (myself included). And half (probably more, actually) of all OU students are decidedly non-Greek, many even being anti-Greek.

Charlie

Not everyone who goes to OU is from the country and redneck. Not everyone is rich, but a lot of people who go here come from money. Fraternity guys drink a lot, but they're not stupid. Sorority girls are not all bitches. And yes, everyone loves the football games bc we're so good. It's about 50/50 from Texas and Oklahoma.

Garrett

A lot of people could fill this stereotype, especially if you are encompassed in the greek life. However, a very large percentage of the school are not down with the fraternity/sorority lifestyle, and are very down to earth.

Kayvan

Yes they are in a way. People would probably disagree with the girls and guys part, but i think it really depends how you wanna make it

katie

true, we are better than sexat and osu. false, we do party, we just don't get caught

Libby

Yes.

Joshua

Definitely not! Although I must admit that I kind of like it when I see someone with a cowboy hat and cowboy boots walking around.

Blair

Most students are middle-upper class but few are snobby and even fewer are unfriendly.

Hannah

Absolutely not almost all people that I have met have been extremely nice and kind and caring and helpful.

Rachel

We are football obsessed, but that is not a bad things.

Michael

not at all... almost

Elizabeth

I think OU definetly has its share of parties, as does every college, but although greek life is a big activity on campus, I know plenty of guys and girls that are unaffiliated and have no problem finding their place on campus.

Elizabeth

depends on how you look at it... I am not in the Greek system but many of my friends are. Just because someone is not greek does not mean they are noot allowed to greek parties. I go to frat parties all the time. When it comes to football, it is HUGE on campus but that's something that makes us who we are. If you don't like football, who cares? No one will come to your room and be like "WHY AREN'T YOU AT THE GAME!" but at the same time, if you do go to the games, it is SO much fun.

Betsy

As far as sorority and fraternity people go, yes. Usually people who are not in a sorority/fraternity house are a lot friendlier than those who are in one.

Matt

Yes

Jordan

Yes...people here stand on every step of the ladder. Most students seem attentive to school and having a good time.

Liz

Everyone does pretty much go home the first year or 2, then they stick around on the weekends.

Braden

In some ways yes. Alot of people at OU don't feel the desire to meet others but most of them are in Fraternities and Sororities. They already have friends in their houses. But most students are very friendly and fun to be around. I have really enjoyed meeting people around campus.

Parker

Football is the bloodlife of the place and it does play an important role to the OU identity. However, that doesn't mean one has to go to an OU game to be a student there. I didn't attend one OU football event while there and could care less about football. The student population seems to divide among those who love football and those who do not. There is a place for everyone.

Dianna

Definitely not. The expense is comparable to other universities and actually are lower than some of the other universities; the admissions process and the classes are comparable to other colleges and most of the processes are online so it makes it much easier.

Sarah

Hardly!

Traci

Yes and no. Many people "go greek" because it's a great way to meet people. But since everyone lives in the dorms their freshman year, it's not hard to get to know new people.

Nick

these are not accurate by any means. everyone is treated the same and nobody cares what grade or what class year you are a part of.

Marie

Probably not.

Bevan

No.

Stacy

Every college has the stereotypes above. Do we have stuck up people? Yes. Do we have people that are fanatics about football? Oh yeah. Should this concern anyone about going to OU? No. Learning to deal with all types of people is what the college experience is about.

Stacy

Not so much, while there are a lot of people from Texas (and all over the world for that matter), there is still a sense of total acceptance and a level of comfort that can often be difficult to find on a larger campus.

Toby

yes

Laura

Yes, for the most part

Megan

The friendly thing, yes! As far as the greek system, you could never know until you go and have your own experience!

Madeline

pretty much

Ashley

Smarter - yes. Wealthier - to an extent.

Chris

Definately!!!

Kristin

I don't think so. Although, I will say, in terms of social life and campus, OU is more urban while OSU seems more small town-esque.

Mike

Is it arrogance if we know we're better?

Travis

Being in a fraternity myself, and having joined after completing my freshman year here at OU, I believe that OU is, indeed, very "Greek." I came to OU with the same stereotypes that everyone else did about fraternities, thinking of those involved with them as having bought their friends, but after giving Greek life a try, I discovered that this stereotype is completely inaccurate, and it is somewhat amazing that it persists despite being repeatedly disputed. Here at OU, fraternities and sororities participate in virtually every community service project that is offered in the area, and on top of that, many Greek organizations go out of their way to create their own opportunities to serve the community and their common campus.

Cameron

i think for the most part they are. most of the very nice cars around campus belong to greek students. as for the football players, i have had classes with several players. in my experience the more popular/recognizable players payed less attention in class and took their tests in different areas than the rest of us. i have also had classes with some younger, less recognizable players, and they had people checking up on them to make sure they were going to class.

Robin

Not really.

Nick

Not really, there is a good mix of perspectives here

Matthew

More accurate for OSU. The campus is in a suburban town, but not really the middle of nowhere. There are things to do in Norman, although it is true at times that a bigger city nearby may provide students with some other free-time options.

Robert

The ones related to football, drinking, and Texas are.

Evan

No way. I was surprised at how many people from out of country go to OU and say that it was definitely known where they came from.

Andrew

I think our school pride can sometimes get out of hand, but by no means do I hate any other school and I don't think I know anyone that does. During the OU/UT game things can get a little heated and you definitely don't want to be in the middle of it and you definitely will be harrassed if you go to Dallas for the game; there is some real hatred there; and there is no reason for it, except that our school pride clashes with theirs. As for OSU I view them as a little brother that we just can't let them beat us, but we really want them to do well, I think that is how most students feel toward them. and as for the rest of our conference, of course we like our school better than theirs but I have no feelings of hate toward them and I don't know anyone who does.

Nate

For the general, in-state population, there are a large number of baptists, and several are from farms. However, not everyone at the university fits into these stereotypes and stereotypes are generally too broad and inclusive to be accurate, but they are based in reality.

KC

The stereotypes regarding football and Greek organizations are true of some people, but, for the most part, no.

Mark

NO

Carson

With seven official national championships and the longest winning streak in University football history (47 consecutive wins from 1953-1957), it can certainly be said that OU boasts a proud football tradition. Campus is transformed into one large tailgate on gamedays and everyone sports the crimson and creme. Greek life takes center stage in many campus activities such as Homecoming, U-Sing, and Scandals. However, it is not necessary for a college experience. Many other social groups form around religious organizations, ethnic backgrounds, and academic interests.

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