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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Online and On-Campus Colleges in & Oklahoma

Article Sources
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, accessed March 2, 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  • Most Recent Cohorts (All Data Elements): 2014-15, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education, accessed March 2, 2016, https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
  • School pages, accessed May 30, 2017: Degrees, Ocampus, Oklahoma State University, http://ocampus.okstate.edu/courses/; About SWOSU, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, http://www.swosu.edu/resources/about.aspx; About Northwestern, http://www.nwosu.edu/about-northwestern; About Southwestern, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, http://www.se.edu/about/; Learn About Southeastern Oklahoma State University Online Programs, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, http://online.se.edu/about.aspx; Distance Education, East Central University, https://www.ecok.edu/academic-affairs-programs/academics/distance-education; Course Catalog, East Central University, https://www.ecok.edu/sites/default/files/siteContent/administration/records/course-schedules/SU17 %26 FA17 Schedule.pdf; ITV, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, http://www.nwosu.edu/itv; Undergraduate Online Programs, Cameron University, http://www.cameron.edu/online/undergraduate-online-programs; About, University of Central Oklahoma, https://www.uco.edu/about; About OPSU, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, http://www.opsu.edu/About/;
  • OKCollegeStart.org, accessed May 18, 2017: Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, https://secure.okcollegestart.org/Financial_Aid_Planning/Oklahoma_Grants/Oklahoma_Tuition_Aid_Grant.aspx; Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant, https://secure.okcollegestart.org/Financial_Aid_Planning/Oklahoma_Grants/Oklahoma_Tuition_Equalization_Grant.aspx;
  • Frequently Asked Questions, Oklahoma's Promise, accessed May 18, 2017, http://www.okhighered.org/okpromise/faq.shtml
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Prospective college students in Oklahoma have a lot to think about when they're choosing where to go to school. We wanted to make the process a little simpler by collecting a bunch of helpful info for college-bound Oklahomans -- like job market projections, state-based financial aid programs and popular undergraduate majors -- and listing it all in one convenient resource.

Oklahoma has three main university systems in the state -- the University of Oklahoma system, the Oklahoma State University system and the Regional University System of Oklahoma. And of those three systems, only the Regional system has multiple institutions in our top ten. If you're a community college student hoping to follow through to a four-year degree, check with your advisors to see if your program is eligible for any special admissions agreements with in-state universities.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Oklahoma

Picking the best schools in the state is a challenge when more than 70 campus locations and online schools need to be considered. To identify those at the very top of the list, we gathered piles of data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and other U.S. Department of Education sources. We then ran them through a 13-point analysis to rank these top ten schools in Oklahoma.

Methodology
1University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus+
ADMISSION RATE
78%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
16

The flagship campus of the University of Oklahoma System and most populous institution in the state offers the largest on-campus academic catalog among all Oklahoma colleges. It also took home the No. 1 spot among schools in our top ten on the student engagement metrics. No other campus on our list had a higher graduation rate or a greater percentage of first-year students returning to continue their education as sophomores.

OU also charges students the state's second-lowest average cost of books and supplies and provides a proportion of institutional grant aid that tied for the No. 2 ranking among schools on our list. Its student loan statistics were a bright spot as well, placing at No. 1 among our top ten schools for its percentage of graduates who reported paying off their college debt within three years of leaving school.

Additional Info
2Oklahoma State University - Stillwater Campus+
ADMISSION RATE
75%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
26

Oklahoma State University was one of the top destinations for students seeking an online bachelor's degree in Oklahoma, according to NCES data. The Stillwater flagship of the OSU system took home the state's No. 1 ranking for the size of its catalog of distance education study plans, which includes four-year degree programs in business administration, marketing and electrical engineering technology. The campus-based degree catalog at OSU includes more than 220 different courses of study -large enough to capture the statewide No. 2 ranking in that category.

In terms of affordability, just two other schools in our top ten offered a larger proportion of financial aid through institutional grants. Student engagement was high here as well -- OSU took home the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the state for graduation rate and first-year student retention rate in 2015-16.

Additional Info
3Southwestern Oklahoma State University+
ADMISSION RATE
92%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$15
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
16

This Weatherford school put up strong numbers on our flexibility metrics, both for campus-based students and those looking for online courses. Southwestern Oklahoma State University was one of just three institutions on our list to feature nine of the ten on-campus flexibility measures we looked for, such as weekend and evening programs, tuition payment plans and career counseling services. SWOSU also tied for the No. 2 spot among our top ten schools for its number of programs available in the virtual classroom.

Graduates of this regional university reported a median student loan balance of less than $17,000, good for the No. 4 ranking statewide in that category. That manageable average amount of college debt likely contributed to its No. 2 ranking among schools on our list on the loan repayment metric -- nearly 80 percent of alumni reported being able to eliminate their loan debt within three years of graduating.

Additional Info
4Northeastern State University+
ADMISSION RATE
93%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
9

This outpost of the Regional University System of Oklahoma earned the No. 1 spot among schools on our list for tuition and fees affordability in 2015-16 and reported the state's fifth-lowest median student debt among its graduates. Northeastern State University also ranked No. 4 on our list for average net price, which estimates a total out-of-pocket cost for tuition, fees, housing, books and more after the expected amount of institutional grant and scholarship aid is accounted for.

Distance education was another driver of NSU's No. 4 overall ranking. More than 48 percent of students enrolled at the Tahlequah campus -- the third-largest percentage in the state -- had at least one online course on their schedule. NSU also offers degree plans that can be completed entirely in the evenings or on weekends, for campus-based students who need some schedule flexibility. The most-popular major at the school was in elementary education, based on the number of degrees awarded in 2015.

Additional Info
5Northwestern Oklahoma State University+
ADMISSION RATE
48%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$15
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
14

The main Alva campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University is one of the smaller schools on our list, but it came up big on a few important affordability metrics. It ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, for the average net price it charged low- and middle-income students, and no other school in the state reported a lower median amount of student debt among its graduates than the $14,290 recorded at Northwestern.

Students here also actively participate in online education, enrolling in distance learning courses at the second-highest percentage among schools that made our top ten. If you're planning to continue your education after a few or several years off, Northwestern provides remedial services and opportunities to earn course credit for relevant knowledge gained during your life away from school.

Additional Info
6Southeastern Oklahoma State University+
ADMISSION RATE
72%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
14

Affordability was a top category for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where students paid the state's No. 5 most affordable amount of tuition and fees. The average net price for low- and middle-income students ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the state, respectively, and no other school in Oklahoma provided institutional grant aid that covered a larger percentage of tuition and fees than SOSU.

This Durant institution was also one of the top online colleges for Oklahoma students, reporting the state's No. 2 percentage of distance education enrollment in 2015. SOSU also placed at No. 5 among schools on our list for its graduation rate and saw its graduates leave school with the second-most manageable median student debt burden in the state. In 2015, more bachelor's degrees were awarded in occupational safety and health than in any of the school's other 57 majors.

Additional Info
7East Central University+
ADMISSION RATE
46%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

This public university, established in 1909, performed well on multiple metrics that impact the wallet. The raw cost of tuition and fees at East Central University ranked No. 4 in Oklahoma, and the average amount of institutional grant aid provided to students took the No. 3 spot in the state. Thanks at least in part to those two factors the Ada institution also took the No. 1 spot statewide for the average net price it charged both middle-income and low-income students.

Distance education at ECU takes multiple forms. The school administrates a portfolio of online courses that featured more than 120 individual options in fall 2016, and students who live nearby one of the school's satellite learning centers in Ardmore, McAlester and other cities around the state can take distance learning courses in person via interactive television (ITV).

Additional Info
8Cameron University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$15
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
8

Students at Cameron University paid the third-lowest raw cost of tuition and fees in Oklahoma in 2015-16, as well as the No. 6 average net price for both low- and middle-income students. Online enrollment was robust here as well, with more than 46 percent of the student body enrolled in at least some distance education coursework.

Students looking for an online bachelor's degree in Oklahoma that also contains some traditional, in-person courses can find a wide array of hybrid programs at Cameron. The catalog of undergraduate degree plans that offer a majority of their required courses in the virtual classroom includes mathematics, English, journalism and media production, business administration, psychology, communications and more.

Additional Info
9University of Central Oklahoma+
ADMISSION RATE
70%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

The University of Central Oklahoma is the largest institution by enrollment in the Regional University System of Oklahoma and has the third-largest student body in our top ten, so it's fitting that it also offers students a degree catalog that ranked No. 3 in the state for the number and variety of its programs. Students who need on-campus flexibility can earn certain degrees entirely through weekend and evening classes, and career counseling for students and job placement services for graduates are both available.

UCO also charged its students the No. 8 most affordable raw cost of tuition and fees in 2015-16. Nearly 75 percent of recent alumni were able to pay off their student loan balances within three years of graduating, according to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard.

Additional Info
10Oklahoma Panhandle State University+
ADMISSION RATE
68%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Rounding out the list is the smallest school in our top ten, where students paid the state's lowest estimated cost of books and supplies in 2015-16. In fact, Oklahoma Panhandle State University typically charged so little for textbooks and other essentials that it landed in the 99th percentile of all 1,649 schools we analyzed on that metric. Students at OPSU also tended to take advantage of distance education courses -- more than 41 percent of the student body took at least one class online in 2015.

The average net price rankings for middle- and low-income students at this Goodwell school came in at No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, among the schools that made our top ten. The median student debt of OPSU graduates was just over $18,000 in 2015, good for the No. 7 spot statewide.

Additional Info

Most Popular Degree Programs in Oklahoma

It can help to be aware of the most popular majors in Oklahoma, whether you've already chosen your field of study or you're still looking for one that inspires you. Here's a list of Oklahoma's top degrees by enrollment, according to NCES numbers.

In-Demand Careers in Oklahoma

There may be no degree that can guarantee you a job after graduation, but knowing which career fields are expected to have high demand for qualified applicants can help you point your education in a favorable direction for post-college employment. Check out this list of Oklahoma's hottest careers.

Career Title Total Employment Projected Job Growth Annual Salary
Psychiatrists3009.6%$174,890
Nurse Anesthetists40015.3%$165,510
Pediatricians, General906.2%$161,050
Dentists, All Other Specialists406.2%$157,000
Physicists5011.5%$147,280
Family and General Practitioners4,0605.5%$136,980
Dentists, General1,27013.8%$136,830
Chief Executives6,3701.7%$130,940
Pharmacists3,7606.7%$117,930
Architectural and Engineering Managers1,99010.9%$117,880

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Oklahoma

Oklahoma offers some state-based grant and scholarship programs to help residents pay for college. Included is the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) is a need-based award of up to $1,000 for students at public universities and up to $1,300 for private college students. In addition, The Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant (OTEG) provides qualifying students with $2,000 per year to help balance the additional costs of attending a private institution.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
7th GotScholarship $20K Give Away
Applicant must be a current or future college student/graduate with outstanding loans in any area of study. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and register with GotChosen.com in ordered to be entered into the random drawing. Selection not based upon GPA, essay, or financial need. Award required to be used for educational expenses.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 28

 

 

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

 
Amigo Scholarship
Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA with minimum composite ACT score of 23 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1070) or have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA with a minimum composite ACT score of 26 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1170). Applicant must not be from New Mexico.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$14,815

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 1 (fall); October 1 (spring)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for four years.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Cameron University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
2800 West Gore Blvd
City
Lawton
State
OK
Zip Code
73505
Website
www.cameron.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,740
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$15
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,580
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
26
Number of Online Programs Offered
8
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
46%
University of Central Oklahoma
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
100 N University Dr
City
Edmond
State
OK
Zip Code
73034
Website
www.uco.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
15,067
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
70%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,096
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
31
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
28%
East Central University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1100 E. 14th Street
City
Ada
State
OK
Zip Code
74820
Website
https://www.ecok.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
500-620
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,682
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
46%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,874
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
22
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
43%
Northeastern State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
600 N Grand
City
Tahlequah
State
OK
Zip Code
74464
Website
www.nsuok.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
418-445
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
418-465
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
7,020
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
93%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,547
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
9
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
49%
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
709 Oklahoma Blvd
City
Alva
State
OK
Zip Code
73717
Website
www.nwosu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,919
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$15
Admission Rate
48%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,112
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
22
Number of Online Programs Offered
14
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
57%
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
323 Eagle Ave
City
Goodwell
State
OK
Zip Code
73939
Website
www.opsu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-21
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Rural: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,232
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
68%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,461
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
27
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
42%
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
107 Whitehurst
City
Stillwater
State
OK
Zip Code
74078
Website
www.okstate.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
470-590
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
500-620
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-27
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
21,177
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
75%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,778
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
26
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
29%
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
660 Parrington Oval
City
Norman
State
OK
Zip Code
73019
Website
www.ou.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-670
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
540-670
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-29
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
21,297
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
78%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,065
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
16
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
28%
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1405 N 4th Ave
City
Durant
State
OK
Zip Code
74701
Website
www.se.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,263
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
72%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,975
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
25
Number of Online Programs Offered
14
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
58%
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
100 Campus Dr
City
Weatherford
State
OK
Zip Code
73096
Website
www.swosu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,358
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$15
Admission Rate
92%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$6,090
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
16
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
40%
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