Norman, OK Hotel near the University of Oklahoma
Located 4.6 miles from the University of Oklahoma is the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Norman, Oklahoma.
Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region and nation.
By 1895, there were four faculty members, three men and one woman, and 100 students enrolled. Today there are more than 30,000 students at the university.
In the fall of 1895, Miss Mary J. Overstreet, the first female faculty member, and Dr. James Buchanan served on a committee that selected “crimson” and “corn” as the official OU colors, but local merchants had difficulty determining the color of “corn” for merchandise. Very quickly the colors evolved to officially be crimson and cream.
Boomer Sooner! In 1905, Arthur. M. Alden, a history and physiology student, wrote the lyrics to the university's "Boomer Sooner," borrowing the tune from Yale's "Boola-Boola" but improvising the words. Later, an addition was made to it from North Carolina's "I'm a Tarheel Born" and the two combined form the university's battle song of today.
Boomer and Sooner are the costumed mascots that represent the university and the OU Athletics Department. The characters are an extension of the Sooner Schooner and its horses. The Sooner Schooner is a conestoga (covered wagon) reminiscent of the mode of travel used by pioneers who settled Oklahoma Territory around the time of the 1889 Land Run. The Schooner was introduced in the fall of 1964 and become the official mascot of the Oklahoma Sooners in 1980.
The University of Oklahoma is a large residential, research university. The university consists of fifteen colleges, including 152 majors such as meteorology, geology, petroleum engineering, energy management, architecture, law, medicine, Native American studies, history of science and dance programs. The university has a high four-year, full-time undergraduate enrollment, including a high transfer-in population. While the two main campuses are located in Norman and Oklahoma City, affiliated programs in Tulsa expand access for students in eastern Oklahoma. Some of the programs in Tulsa include medicine, pharmacy, nursing, public health, allied health and liberal arts studies.
In addition to 152 majors to choose from, the University of Oklahoma also has a nationally recognized Honors College featuring its own dedicated faculty, dormitories and writing center. Every student from any major can apply to the college; if accepted, the student is eligible to take honors classes and graduate cum laude. In order to graduate with honors, the student must complete 18 credit hours of honors classes and submit an honors thesis. Transfer students are able to transfer up to nine credit hours of honor classes from a different university.
Students come from all 50 U.S. states and over 100 countries. 32% of the 2006 freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class. Ethnic minority groups represent over 25% of newly enrolled undergraduates and 27% of all students. In addition, the university has an enrollment of over 700 National Merit Scholars, making it first per capita among public universities.