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About OU Extended Campus

Highly Ranked

The Princeton Review ranks OU top in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost. OU also ranks among the best online programs by U.S. News & World Report.

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The OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies is best characterized by the populations it serves, as well as the specialized academic programming it offers. Primarily focusing on the higher education needs of adult degree completers wanting to finish the bachelor's degrees they previously started, military-connected personnel, and those seeking specialized study in selected professional areas, the college offers a variety of degrees and utilizes a variety of delivery modes. To facilitate understanding of the complex world in which we live and build on its historical roots, the College of Professional and Continuing Studies emphasizes a holistic approach to learning, focuses on the immediate application of learning to one’s life and work, promotes lifelong learning opportunities, and encourages the work of active citizenship.

While its programs were originally developed for adult and nontraditional students, many of the activities offered by the college also serve students enrolled in conventional academic programs as well as the general public. Therefore, in addition to offering full-time degree programs, PACS is also committed to meeting the educational needs of a wide variety of learners and organizations, including credit and noncredit courses, workshops, academic conferences, certification programs, executive academic programs, and academically rich professional training services. 

Extending Academic Excellence Within Your Reach

The College of Professional and Continuing Studies has been providing quality education since 1961, advancing new knowledge, contributing to research and enabling creative expression no matter where our students are located. Sooners who earn their degrees online or at a distance develop unique ways of understanding, experiencing and applying their education that often lead to success and advancement in their career.

Successful Students, Graduates and Alumni

The best way to understand the College of Professional and Continuing Studies is to look at our students. They are leaders in organizations, workplaces and the military. They manage everyday commitments and adult responsibilities, balancing work, family, and education. Each of our students brings a wealth of unique life experiences and professional qualifications to their educational experience, enriching the learning environment not only for themselves but also for their peers in their courses. As graduates, these Sooners harness the comprehensive skillset gained during their education which informs exceptional work and community service.