Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
 
 

 For Prospective Students
Admission to the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a highly competitive process initiated by written application. Approximately 70 to 80 students are selected each year from an applicant pool of 300 students.  Since accepting its first juniors in the fall of 1990, OSSM has selected students from all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.  Students make application for admission during their sophomore year for a two-year course of study beginning junior year.

Application Process
The application consists of several interest inventories, written essays, parent statement, recommendations from an English teacher, mathematics teacher, science teacher, principal and/or counselor; student transcript and ACT scores. The application for Class of 2019 will be available for download in early November. In the meantime, last year’s application for the CO2018 is available for download should you wish to review it.

Free download of Adobe Acrobat Reader

Alternatively, you may print and fill out the application by hand. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (available for free download) in order to view and print the online application. Students may call, write or email the school to receive an application if one cannot be downloaded. 

Review Process
A committee comprised of OSSM faculty and volunteers from throughout the state reviews applications.  Applications are screened blindly, that is, all reference to the student’s last name, town, school and other applicant data is removed before the committee reviews each folder.  All applications are ranked and a select number of students are invited for an interview.  Interviews are scheduled for the third Saturday in April.  Following the interview a composite score is compiled for each applicant.  Finalists are selected from this roster.

Student Selection
Students are notified before June 1 of each year whether they have or have not been selected as a finalist.  All finalists are requested to sign a Letter of Intent advising of their decision to attend OSSM.  Orientation meetings are held in June to assist the upcoming junior class in the transition to OSSM.


Admissions Timetable

Application Posting

Early November

Application Deadline

March 1, 2017

Paper Screening

Early March

Notification of Semifinalists

Early April

Semifinalists Interviews

April 29, 2017

Notification of Finalists

Prior to mid-May

Welcome Meetings

May 30 and June 1, 2017

New Student Orientation

August 9-13, 2017

 

*New Orientation Meeting

As part of a student's acceptance to OSSM, the student must attend one of the two Welcome Meetings and the student must attend New Student Orientation.  Failure to attend a meeting may result in the student's forfeiture of an appointment to OSSM.  Mark your calendars and keep these dates open.

Parents and school personnel are invited to visit OSSM during the school year.

Please call (405)521-6436 to schedule a tour.  Inquiries should be made to the Director of Admissions.


 
 
 

News

Is OSSM a private school?

No, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a two-year public residential high school created and funded by the Oklahoma legislature.  The school is open to all students across the state who wish to apply during their sophomore year.  OSSM is categorized as a state agency.  See the Admissions webpage for details and application deadlines. 

What is the tuition to attend OSSM?

There is no tuition for an Oklahoma resident student to attend the school.  Room and board are provided by the state.  Students may wish to have "pocket money" available for incidentals like school supplies, snack bar items or a weekend trip to a local restaurant, movie theatre, bookstore or mall.

Who can attend OSSM?

OSSM is open to all Oklahoma students who are entering their junior year of high school.  Applications are due in March of the sophomore year.  OSSM now accepts nonresident and international students for paying tuition.

What high school is the only one in Oklahoma that teaches Geoscience courses?

OSSM

How have OSSM graduates helped Oklahoma's economy?

Of the 1,400+ OSSM graduates since 1992, more than half who have completed a degree and have entered the workforce are working in Oklahoma. Ten of those have started their own businesses in our state. An independent report credits OSSM with a $40 million economic impact in Oklahoma.