Michael F. Price College of Business

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The north entrance to the new Price Hall

The Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma is a business school in the United States. The College of Business was established in 1917 and currently has over 3,200 students.[1]


The College of Business was founded in 1917 (under the name the School of Public and Private Business), making it one of the first business schools west of the Mississippi River.[2] It had started as the School of Commerce and Industry in 1913 under the School of Arts & Sciences prior to emerging as its present form four years later.[3] Before World War II, the college of business administration experienced a period of tremendous growth. Between 1923 and 1929, the enrollment in the college increased over 700%.[4] In September 1936, as a result of a legislative appropriation, a new building housing the College of Business was opened. This new building was named Adams Hall after Arthur Barto Adams, the dean at the time.

The southeast corner of the new Price Hall

When it first opened, it also housed other classes including geography, sociology, and social service.[5] The building was designed by Joe E. Smay, the director for the school of architectural engineering.

In 1997, investor Michael F. Price donated 18 million USD to the university. Subsequently, the College of Business was renamed after him, the first OU College named for an individual.[6] In 2002, Price donated an additional 7.2 million USD to the college[7] which was a large portion of the 19 million USD needed to erect an addition to the existing Adams Hall. The new building, which completed in late 2004, was named Price Hall.


There are eight divisions in the College of Business along with 11 majors and an undecided option. The most popular majors are accounting (14%), marketing and supply chain management (13%), and finance (13%).[8] Other popular majors include management information systems, international business, entrepreneurship and venture management, general management, and energy management.

The U.S. News & World Report ranks the MBA program at the Price College of Business 66th in the country. The College of Business is ranked 47th in the country. It also ranks the International Business program 13th and the Management Information Systems program 16th.[9]

In 1999, the Energy Management program changed its name from Petroleum Land Management. When this major was created, it was the first of its kind in the world.

Student organizations[edit]

Price college contains many student organizations for its various majors including:

Beta Alpha Psi, Honorary Accounting Fraternity

ENT Club


Delta Sigma Pi

Economics Club

Energy Management Student Association

Finance Student Association

Society for Human Resource Management

MIS Student Association

Student Business Association

International Business Association[10]

The MIS Student Association (MISSA) represents the MIS undergraduate student organization. They regularly throughout the semester provide lunch and learns for their members and other students where attendee's can enjoy a presentation put on over various subjects by local and out of state businesses that regularly recruit and hire out of the MIS department.

The MISSA Faculty adviser is Professor Mano Ratwatte and Professor Nate Stout.[11]


  1. ^ "Norman Campus Enrollment Summary". University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 2006-06-15. 
  2. ^ "History and Highlights". Price College of Business. Archived from the original on 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2006-06-15. 
  3. ^ Long, Charles F. (September 1965). "With Optimism For the Morrow: A History of The University of Oklahoma". Sooner Magazine. 
  4. ^ "The university's building needs: a survey" (PDF). Sooner Magazine. October 1936. pp. 97–98. 
  5. ^ Adams, Arthur B. (October 1936). "Homecoming for business administration alumni" (PDF). Sooner Magazine. pp. 12–13. 
  6. ^ http://www.ou.edu/content/price/left/about_price/michael_price.html
  7. ^ Moakley, Bill (Spring 2006). "The Making of Price Hall". Sooner Magazine. pp. 5–8. 
  8. ^ "Unduplicated Enrollment by College, Major and Level, Fall 2005". University of Oklahoma Factbook. Retrieved 2006-06-15. 
  9. ^ Riddle, Lindsey (September 9, 2005). "Price College of Business adds to its list of accomplishments". Oklahoma Daily. 
  10. ^ Price College Of Business List of Student Clubs Feb 2010
  11. ^ MISSA Officers Webpage Feb 2010

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