#3 Best Public Universities in Oklahoma

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma

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University of Central Oklahoma overview
Location Edmond, Oklahoma
Online uco.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
University of Central Oklahoma overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), situated in Edmond, Oklahoma, is a public institution established in 1890, making it one of the state's oldest higher education providers. UCO boasts a diverse offering of academic programs, with noteworthy emphasis on areas such as forensic science and music theater, attracting a variety of student interests. The campus, characterized by a blend of modern and traditional architecture, is located approximately fifteen miles north of Oklahoma City, providing students the benefits of a suburban setting near urban amenities. UCO offers on-campus housing options to foster a convenient and immersive educational experience. While the university maintains an inclusive admissions policy, it duly emphasizes a commitment to academic quality. UCO's athletic teams, known as the Bronchos, compete in the NCAA Division II, highlighting a legacy particularly in wrestling and women's rowing.

In the most recent statistical year 4,115 prospective students applied, and 2,878 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,529 enrolled in the school.  8,479 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,771 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,026 plus fees of $1,208. UCO-Central is ranked 766 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












UCO-Central is rated within the lower 42% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Central Oklahoma overview
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.5

Applications Accepted

University of Central Oklahoma overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Oklahoma Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Central Oklahoma
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,600
Other Fees$1,208
Room and Board $8,628
Budget for Other Expenses$7,900
Total One Year Cost$26,362

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Central Oklahoma
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,600
Other Fees$1,208
Room and Board $8,628
Budget for Other Expenses$7,900
Total One Year Cost$37,249

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

36% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Central Oklahoma students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 27%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 14%
Education 11%
Communication 7%
Health Professions 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=206941 IPEDS survey data for University of Central Oklahoma.

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