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New OU Residential Colleges

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As you guide your student through their OU experience, you want to ensure that they embrace new opportunities that will help them grow both academically and socially, right? Well, the brand-new Residential Colleges will offer your student a unique, academics-driven residence hall that will foster community, innovation and tradition. Keep reading to find out more about the best address in Norman!

What are the Residential Colleges?

At their core, the Residential Colleges are academic-focused social communities. The two colleges, Headington and Dunham, will house approximately 600 upperclass students total. These students will be known as Fellows. The Fellows will enjoy spacious study and living spaces, a dining hall, classrooms and seminar rooms. Fellows from various backgrounds and academic interests will have the opportunity to learn from each other and create lasting friendships.

Each College will have one live-in Senior Fellow. A Senior Fellow is the presiding faculty member and chief academic adviser for the college.

Keith Gaddie, Senior Fellow of OU's Headington CollegeSenior Fellow Keith Gaddie, a University of Oklahoma President’s Associates Presidential Professor, chairman of the Department of Political Science and associate director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security, will reside over Headington College.



Senior Fellow of OU's Dunham College, Mark MorvantSenior Fellow Mark Morvant, associate provost for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will reside over Dunham College.

What are they all about?

The University of Oklahoma is all about community, and the Residential Colleges take this idea one step further. Students will be build community through High Table dinners, intramural teams and study sessions in the library. The Residential Colleges are built around an Achievement Program of engagement, enrichment and excellence. This program is centered around the development of the student through academic programs, creative skills activities and cultural experiences. At the completion of the program, Fellows have the opportunity to graduate with honors from their college. Additionally, Fellows will be eligible for an Academic Success Rebate. This rebate recognizes and rewards students for their hard work in the classroom and will be applied at the end of each semester based on the student’s GPA.

In addition to the excellent programs, Fellows have the opportunity to spend their years at the University living on campus and within walking distance of their classes, football games and all campus resources. Parking will be convenient as Fellows will have access to the parking garage located next door. Fellows won’t have to wander far to find delicious eats either! Each college houses a dining hall that offers many options, and Fellows may choose from two different meal plans that offer meals and meal plan points. Each college also is equipped with storm shelters and spacious outdoor courtyards.

Who are they for?

Upperclass students and current freshmen are encouraged to apply to live amongst a diverse population of students. Fellows will represent a wide variety of majors, interests and backgrounds. Community is key, and those looking to build relationships and connect to a smaller group on campus can find their place here.

When can your student move in?

The Residential Colleges will open in fall 2017. Applications are currently available and all upperclass students and current freshmen are encouraged to apply!

How do you visit us?

There are many exciting resources in place both on campus and online to help you and your student through the application process.


Want to see where your student will be living next year? Visit the showrooms! They are conveniently located on the first floor in Walker Center.


Don’t have time to visit the showrooms with your student? Don’t worry. The OU Residential Colleges’ website will answer your questions and let you explore the facilities, Achievement Program, meal plan options and more!

Be sure to follow the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to stay updated and learn about all the exciting things happening with the Residential Colleges.

The Breakdown: Terms to Know

Fellow: Upperclass student living in the Residential Colleges
Senior Fellow: Presiding faculty member and chief academic adviser for the college
Faculty Fellow: Teach seminar-sized versions of regular courses in the college as well as offer one-credit-hour Residential College seminars
Dunham College: Residential College named after OU graduate Archie Dunham and his wife Linda
Headington College: Residential College named after OU graduate Tim Headington

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