University of Oklahoma welcomes top-ranked student body in state history

During the university's convocation in August, OU President David Boren said the university's students this year posted an average ACT score of 26.2 — barely edging out last year's average score of 26.1, which was the highest score of any public university in state history at the time.
by Silas Allen Modified: September 13, 2013 at 12:42 am •  Published: September 25, 2013

OU was recently included in the Princeton Review's annual Best of the West list, a rundown of the 124 best colleges and universities in the western United States. The list is based on student opinions on topics such as campus life and extracurricular activities.

In the ranking, OU students called the university's meteorology program “outstanding,” and gave the study abroad program high marks.

Expanding the university's global reach has been a priority for Boren. As a part of that effort, OU is renovating and restoring an 18th century monastery in Arezzo, a city in Tuscany. Once work is complete, OU plans to use the building as a permanent campus overseas.

All told, the project will cost about $20 million, Boren said. The university plans to fund the project through private donations, he said.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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