The University of Oklahoma is a coeducational public research university that was established in 1890. The campus has locations in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa – all of which are in the state of Oklahoma. When counting students from each campus, the school enrolls approximately 30,000 students each year. Their school motto is “For the citizen for the state” and their school colors are crimson and cream.
The University of Oklahoma has 152 undergraduate majors which helps bring in students from all 50 states. The school is most known for their specialty majors, including aviation, geology, energy management, and meteorology. Speaking of meteorology (study of weather), the National Weather Center has its headquarters on the OU campus. For the most part, OU is ranked as a top 200 university in the United States and a top 400 university in the world.
The Oklahoma Sooners get their name from the people who participated in the land rush during the late 1800s. The Sooners have 19 athletic teams (10 women, 9 men). Of those athletic teams, the school is most famous for its football program. The Sooners football program is responsible for 41 conference titles and seven national championships. Only Notre Dame and Alabama are responsible for more NCAA football national championships. The Oklahoma Sooners also have the highest football winning percentage among all NCAA schools. Their biggest rival in all sports is the Texas Longhorns. Each year, the teams play football at a neutral site in the city of Dallas, and the seating arrangements are split down the middle (see photo below).
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