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University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK

Learn about the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Central Oklahoma, known as UCO or just 'Central', was founded in 1890 and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Oklahoma. Originally called the Territorial Normal School, UCO underwent several name changes as it expanded from a tiny territorial school with 23 students to a state teacher's college, and finally to a major university with over 17,000 students enrolled, as of 2011.

UCO now has a 210-acre campus in Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City. UCO is the only university campus in the nation declared to be an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site, and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency has declared the campus a 'Green Power Partner' for its efforts at creating a sustainable environment.


The University of Central Oklahoma offers 116 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees through eight schools and colleges: the College of Business, College of Education and Professional Studies, College of Fine Arts and Design, College of Liberal Arts, College of Mathematics and Science, Academy of Contemporary Music, Forensic Science Institute, and College of Graduate Studies. In addition, distance learners can earn college credit through the Center for eLearning and Continuing Education.

The Chambers Library contains extensive archives, including the Oklahoma Townsite Case Files, The Illustrated London News, several art collections, and genealogy research materials. At the Centre for Global Competency, students may apply for a study abroad program, or experience international cultural experiences while remaining on campus.


Prospective freshmen apply online at the UCO Broncho Central Admission Application Site and pay a $40.00 application fee. Prospective students are considered for admittance to UCO if they meet certain academic criteria; for instance, they can qualify with a composite ACT score of 20 or an SAT score of 940 in reading and math. They can also qualify if they rank in the top 50% of their senior class and have a GPA of at least 2.7. Applicants who come from unaccredited schools or home schools can be admitted based on their College Board scores. There is no admission deadline, but applicants are typically informed of a decision 7-10 business days after the application is processed.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs at the University of Central Oklahoma are calculated based on the number of hours taken, the course level, and whether or not the student is a resident of Oklahoma. During the 2011-2012 year, in-state students paid about $4,718 in annual tuition and fees, and out-of-state students paid about $11,905. Students automatically apply for scholarships at the same time that they apply to the school, but the scholarship deadline is February 1. Several different kinds of scholarships are available, including departmental scholarships, campus activities scholarships, ROTC scholarships, minority scholarships, and UCO Foundation scholarships. Other kinds of financial aid available include grants, work-studies, and loans.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, certificates**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 15,358 undergraduates and 1,881 graduates (2011)**
Student Housing Housing available includes traditional dorms, apartments, and suites*
Schools (and/or) Programs 8 colleges; 116 undergraduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010 - 2011:
Associate's: Music Performance (30)
Bachelor's: General Studies (314)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (80)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 12% in four years
36% in six years
41% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 80% in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 66% for full-time students in 2011**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students: In 2011, the middle 50% of students had a composite ACT score between 19 and 24**
Application Due Date Rolling*
Tuition $4,718 in-state, $11,905 out-of-state (per year, as of 2011)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (37%), Pell grants (37%), other federal grants (30%), state and local grants/scholarships (31%), institutional grants/scholarships (31%), federal loans (39%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 79%**

Source: *University of Central Oklahoma, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Central Oklahoma, 100 North University Drive, Edmond, OK 73034
  • Phone: (405) 974-2727
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