University of Central Oklahoma

Also known as UCO, Central

100 N University Dr, Edmond, OK

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The University of Central Oklahoma, located in Edmond, Oklahoma, is the oldest post-secondary educational institution in the state, having been founded in 1890. The school was originally a normal school established with the purpose of educating individuals in the methods of teaching to further the territory's educational system. The school was built on 40 acres donated by the territorial legislature, and with additional fund the first class of 23 students began their studies in 1891. By 1904 the school had become Central State Normal School, though statehood for the Oklahoma territory would still be 3 years away. By 1919 the school became a four year degree granting teacher's college and by 1939 became a full fledged college. Between 1954 and 1971 the school was given the authority to confer a variety of master degrees, resulting in the school becoming recognized as a university and taking on the name Central State University. On the school's 100 year anniversary the name was once again changed, this time to its current. The school has grown from its humble roots, currently serving nearly 16,000 students on a 300 acre campus.

The University of Central Oklahoma offers a large number of majors that allows students to choose which program tract will best suit their goals and allow them to prepare for their future. Students will take courses related to their major as well as general education requirements and elective courses outside of their field of study, all of which typically takes four years to complete. During this time students may also choose to pursue a minor degree through additional courses of study, providing an extra area of study and expertise outside their major. Graduate programs are also available, having separate requirements for admission, typically involving graduate level exams, the appropriate degree earned, as well as a strong academic record.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at University of Central Oklahoma may qualify for admission  through one of the several requirements for admissions. This includes a cumulative GPA of 2.7 and a class rank of 50% or higher, and ACT score of 20 or a SAT reading and math score of 940, or a 2.7 GPA and 15 units of a core high school curriculum.Students must submit a completed application for admission, along with essay, transcripts and test scores which will be reviewed by the admissions committee. Once a decision is rendered, the student will be notified and provided the necessary information for beginning their college experience.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students requiring financial assistance must obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used to determine financial need, program eligibility and monetary awards. Financial aid must be reapplied for at the start of each academic year, and students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation to verify the accuracy of the SAR prior to the disbursement of funds due to new federal regulations for aid. Scholarships may also be pursued from sources outside of the school. Such sources typically require a separate application for each scholarship and award funds based on varying criterion.

The University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). Intercollegiate athletics provide participating students with the opportunity to engage in healthy competition in a controlled environment, learning skills and habits that are useful in one's personal, academic and professional life. These skills and habits include teamwork, discipline, leadership, responsibility and good health habits. Students will also experience the camaraderie associated with experiencing the shared successes and failures with their teammates.

Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the applicants University of Central Oklahoma accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

University of Central Oklahoma has a total student population of about 17,000, where graduate students make up roughly 15% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $5,200-$6,200
    • Out-of-State: $14,000-$16,840
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $170-$210 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $470-$560 per credit unit
  • Some programs may have a frozen tuition rate, which means the tuition will stay the same for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid84%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships71%$5,642
Receiving Student Loans44%$6,770

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of Central Oklahoma may offer services like:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of University of Central Oklahoma is approximately 36%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years10%
Graduating in 5 Years19%
Graduating in 6 Years7%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program
  • Funeral Service Education Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Central Oklahoma is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc)
  • Basketball (Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc)
  • Football (Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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