Prospective students looking for schools in the state of Oklahoma will find small, private colleges, a large state university system and a number of technical and career education schools. To help students better understand their options, this information examines a few of the schools with close proximity to major urban areas, large student bodies, low net prices and high graduation rates.
Oklahoma Schools near Large Cities
If you are looking for an urban experience where you attend school but want to stay in Oklahoma, you have a few options. In fact there are eight post-secondary institutions in Oklahoma's two largest city, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Below are five that offer a variety of programs.
- Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Mid-America Christian University (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Tulsa Community College (Tulsa, OK)
Largest Schools in Oklahoma
Whether you want to meet new people, take advantage of networking opportunities or chose from a diverse selection of classes, you may find many perks to going to a larger school. Below are the five largest schools in Oklahoma based on their student population, as reported by the NCES from 2015 records.
- University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus (27,428 enrolled students)
- Oklahoma State University-Main Campus (25,930 enrolled students)
- Tulsa Community College (17,160 enrolled students)
- University of Central Oklahoma (16,910 enrolled students)
- Oklahoma City Community College (13,072 enrolled students)
Schools with Lowest Net Price
An important thing to consider when selecting a college is the cost of tuition and the amount of debt you might incur as you pursue your degree. In Oklahoma, those looking to obtain an affordable degree might consider one of the five schools below, each of which has a net price below $6,500. NCES determined the net prices (the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government or institutional financial aid) for these schools based on full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in the 2014-2015 academic year and received grants or scholarships. These net prices are based on rates for Oklahoma residents.
- Carl Albert State College ($4,832)
- Redlands Community College ($5,121)
- Tulsa Community College ($5,685)
- Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City ($5,946)
- Northern Oklahoma College ($6,327)
Schools with Highest Graduation Rates
Students also might want to think about the success rate of their potential school. According to figures from NCES, the five schools featured below have the highest overall graduation rates in Oklahoma, ranging from 58%-68%. The overall graduation rates reflect the number of students who began their studies in 2009 for four-year programs (2012 for two-year programs) and graduated within 150% of normal program completion time.
- University of Tulsa (68% graduation rate)
- University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus (66% graduation rate)
- Clary Sage College (65% graduation rate)
- Oklahoma State University-Main Campus (61% graduation rate)
- Oral Roberts University (58% graduation rate)
For students wanting to stay in Oklahoma for their post-secondary education these are few schools to consider. We categorized the available options by their urban location, student population, net price and graduation rates.