Online or On Campus, Extended Campus Students are OU Students


Online or On Campus, Extended Campus Students are OU Students

When you join the University of Oklahoma as an OU Extended Campus student, you become part of the OU family. While you may not be on campus every day, you’re still a Sooner.

As an Extended Campus student, your degree is backed by the same quality-driven values as traditional OU students. OU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the credits you receive at Extended Campus are the same as those received on any OU campus.

While you’re earning your degree online, you’re also learning from same world-class professors as our brick-and-mortar students, and when you graduate, your degree looks exactly like those every OU student receives.

If you’re still wondering if you fully fit into the OU community, the similarities don’t end there. Here are a few other ways being an Extended Campus student is exactly like being a traditional OU student.

Graduation

Did you know you can walk when you complete your degree? In addition to the campus-wide commencement ceremony, Extended Campus holds a convocation ceremony for its students. You’re encouraged to participate in these events to celebrate your hard work.

When you join the University of Oklahoma as an OU Extended Campus student, you become part of the OU family. While you may not be on campus every day, you’re still a Sooner.

For many of our students, graduation is the first time they step foot on campus. If that’s the case for you, be sure to set aside plenty of time to take it all in while you’re here.

Once you’ve crossed the stage and have your degree, you can join the OU Alumni Association. As part of the alumni association, you’ll be connected with OU graduates from around the world. You’ll also stay informed about campus activities, club events and other happenings. You can learn more about the alumni association here.

Sooner Card

One new Extended Campus student recently posted in the OU-PACS Virtual Student Union Facebook group asking if online students can get an OU I.D. card. The answer is yes!

The Sooner Card is OU’s official identification card for students, faculty and staff. While the card grants you access to buildings and services while on campus, it also allows you to receive discounts at select restaurants and businesses.

If you’re on campus, be sure to stop by the Sooner Card office in Oklahoma Memorial Union and get yours. If you won’t be on campus but still want the benefits of a Sooner Card, fill out the Exception Sooner Card Request Form.

Libraries

As an Extended Campus student, you have access to all OU libraries. Numerous resources and services will be at your fingertips through the virtual library, which allows you to search databases, borrow materials and get assistance from a librarian.

And did we mention Extended Campus has its own librarian to help you with all of your questions? Check out this article for more information about library services for online students.

In addition to library services, you also have an academic advisor to answer your questions, and you have online access to career services and the writing center.

Tickets

As an Extended Campus student, you’re able to purchase discounted student tickets to athletic events, performing arts events and other activities on campus. Even if you aren’t on campus, you can stay up-to-date with what’s happening here.

If you’re planning to visit campus to cheer on your Sooners at a football game or other sporting event, you can check out schedules and buy tickets at soonersports.com. If you need something to wear, you can purchase your official game gear on the OU Alumni Store website.

Student organizations

If you want to live as much of the college experience as possible, even from a distance, student organizations aren’t completely out of the question. If you can find the time to meet service requirements, you might even be able to join a sorority or fraternity.

How are you making the most of your college experience as an Extended Campus student? Connect with us on our Facebook page and let us know!

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.