Summary of Oklahoma Colleges, Universities, & Career Schools
Oklahoma is home to a little more than 90 colleges and universities. See rankings of the best and most affordable schools in Oklahoma to determine which schools might be right for you.
School Ranking Overview
With over 90 post-secondary schools to choose from, prospective students in Oklahoma have plenty of options when picking a school. Some of the diverse options include private colleges in rural or suburban areas, or one of the many state university campuses in larger city centers. To help students make an informed choice, this article compares twelve schools which offer technical and career programs, ranking the top three in the following categories:
- Most Program Variety
- Lowest Net Price
- Highest Graduation Rate
- Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Program Variety
Students who attend schools that offer a range of programs are likely to be exposed to a broad spectrum of disciplines as part of their studies. The three Oklahoma schools below offer the most variety of undergraduate and graduate programs.
1 - Oklahoma State University - Main Campus
Located in Stillwater, this school offers students the most variety with its 141 undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2011, the most popular undergraduate majors were business, agriculture, engineering, family and consumer sciences and education, according to U.S. News & World Report. The school is ranked as the 70th top public school while high school counselors rated the public university as their 100th pick, the report found. Graduate programs range from business and education to engineering and medicine. The university has the 74th best education school and 112th best engineering school, according to the report. The school is also ranked 37th for its online graduate program in engineering, U.S. News & World Report found.
2 - University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus
This Norman school also gives students a range of options by offering 132 programs. Undergraduate majors cover health, psychology and business while graduate programs focus on engineering, law and medicine. The university ranks as the 46th top public school and 83rd best by high school counselors, U.S. News & World Report found. Many of the graduate programs are top 100 rated. For example, the public health program is 25th while the library and information studies program is 24th, according to the report.
3 - University of Tulsa
With 113 programs, this private university also offers students many undergraduate and graduate programs from which to choose. It's popular for undergraduate students to major in engineering, business, social sciences, visual and performing arts, and health, according to a 2011 survey by U.S. News & World Report. As a whole, the university is the 83rd best national university. On the graduate level, the business school is 93rd best while the law school is ranked 86th, according to the report.
Lowest Net Price
The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for these three traditional Oklahoma schools are based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the 2010-2011 academic year. The net price for traditional Oklahoma schools ranges from more than $1,000 annually to nearly $26,000 a year.
1 - Chisholm Trail Technology Center
Located in Omega, this school offers the most affordable option for students with its net price of $1,057. During the 2012-13 school year, students paid $2,926 in tuition and fees, according to NCES. Every single full-time beginning student who was enrolled during the 2011-12 school year received financial aid, NCES found. On average, a student received $3,273 in grant or scholarship aid during that same period, NCES reported.
2 - Kiamichi Technology Center - Talihina
Students can also consider this school with its net price of $1,229. For the 2012-13 school year, students paid $1,312 in tuition and fees, NCES reported. Financial aid is a popular option with 88% of full-time beginning students receiving financial support during the 2011-12 school year, according to NCES. In general, a student during the 2011-12 school year received $3,032 in grant or scholarship aid to help cover the costs of school, NCES reported.
3 - Kiamichi Technology Center - Idabel
Another option is this school because it has a net price of $1,330. According to NCES, students who enrolled during the 2012-13 school year paid $1,313 in tuition and fees. For the 2011-12 school year, 69% of full-time beginning students were awarded financial aid to help with the cost of attendance, NCES found. The average amount a student received in grant or scholarship aid during this period was $4,197, NCES reported.
Highest Graduation Rate
The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time students, the following traditional 4-year Oklahoma schools had minimum graduation rates of 93% in 2011.
1 - Kiamichi Technology Center - Spiro
This school has the highest overall graduation rate of 100% based on students who enrolled in fall 2008-09. NCES found that 38% of first-time full-time students who enrolled in fall 2010 returned the following year to continue their studies. For first-time part-time students, the retention rate between fall 2010 and fall 2011 was 14%, according to NCES.
2 - Indian Capital Technology Center - Sallisaw
This center is another option for students with its overall graduation rate of 94% based on students who enrolled in fall 2008-09. The retention rate is the same for first-time part-time and full-time students. According to NCES, 92% of students who started their programs in fall 2010 came back to school in fall 2011 to once again pursue their degrees.
3 - Gordon Cooper Technology Center
Students can also consider this Shawnee school, which has an overall graduation rate of 93% based on students who started in the 2008-09 school year. For the same period, the school reports a transfer rate of 1%, according to NCES. As for the retention rate, 98% of first-time full-time students who enrolled in fall 2010 returned the next year while 94% of first-time part-time students came back for their studies during the same period, NCES found.
Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Low student-faculty ratios are often a sign of a small school atmosphere. For many students, this is something they prefer when seeking out postsecondary studies. The three Oklahoma schools below have student-faculty ratios of 4:1 or less. Other schools in the state have student-faculty ratios that go well beyond 20:1.
1 - Mid-Del Technology Center
Located in Midwest City, this school has the lowest student-faculty ratio of 3:1 for its nearly 100 students. The school's focus is career technical education and students are trained students for entry-level careers. All 32 of the school's faculty are hired on a full-time basis, according to NCES.
2 - Great Plains Technology Center
Another option is this Lawton school, which has a student-faculty ratio of 4:1 for its more than 300 students. Much like the previous school, the center offer vocational training for students who seek certificates that can translate into entry-level jobs. The school has a mix of part-time and full-time faculty who provide instruction to students. According to NCES, there are 87 full-time faculty and 73 part-time faculty.
3 - Kiamichi Technology Center - McAlester
With more than 200 students, this school also has a student-faculty ratio of 4:1. Its focus is also on career education training and the school offers placement services for students who are looking for jobs after completing their certificate programs. The center has 19 full-time faculty on staff, according to NCES.
Oklahoma Schools At A Glance
|School Name||Location||School Type||Degrees Offered||Area Ranking|
|Chisholm Trail Technology Center||Omega||<2-year, public||<1-year and 1- to <2-year certificates||Lowest Net Price|
|Gordon Cooper Technology Center||Shawnee||2-year, public||<1-year, 1- to <2-year and 2- to <4-year certificates||Third Highest Graduation Rate|
|Great Plains Technology Center||Lawton||2-year, public||<1-year, 1- to <2-year and 2- to <4-year certificates||Second Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio|
|Indian Capital Technology Center - Sallisaw||Sallisaw||<2-year, public||1- to <2-year certificates||Second Highest Graduation Rate|
|Kiamichi Technology Center - Idabel||Idabel||<2-year, public||1- to <2-year certificates||Third Lowest Net Price|
|Kiamichi Technology Center - McAlester||McAlester||<2-year, public||1- to <2-year certificates||Third Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio|
|Kiamichi Technology Center - Spiro||Spiro||<2-year, public||1- to <2-year certificates||Highest Graduation Rate|
|Kiamichi Technology Center - Talihina||Talihina||<2-year, public||1- to <2-year certificates||Second Lowest Net Price|
|Mid-Del Technology Center||Midwest City||<2-year, public||1- to <2-year certificates||Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio|
|Oklahoma State University - Main Campus||Stillwater||4-year, public||Bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates||Most Program Variety|
|University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus||Norman||4-year, public||Bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates||Second Most Program Variety|
|University of Tulsa||Tulsa||4-year, private; not-for-profit||Bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees; postbaccalaureate certificates||Third Most Program Variety|
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