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.