Overview of Oklahoma Colleges & Schools
The state of Oklahoma is home to a large number of colleges and universities. These schools are found throughout the state, primarily in more populous areas. These schools may be public or private, with public institutions receiving state funding in order to maintain their campuses and continue operating. The state’s two largest cities are Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Oklahoma City doubles as the state’s capital. Oklahoma is bordered by Texas to the south, Arkansas and Missouri to the east, Kansas and Colorado to the north, and New Mexico to the west.
Oklahoma has a large number of public institutions. These schools are generally less expensive than their private school counterparts and tend to have larger enrollment, particularly those schools found in large cities. The state also operates several schools on Native American reservations to provide educational opportunities in those areas. Of these schools, the Oklahoma State University System is the largest. The system is comprised of six schools, four of which are general universities, and two of which are focused on health. The system serves over 33,000 students a year.
Oklahoma State University System Schools:
- Oklahoma State University – Stillwater (Stillwater)
- Oklahoma State University – Institute of Technology (Okmulgee)
- Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City (Oklahoma City)
- Oklahoma State University – Tulsa (Tulsa)
- Oklahoma State University – Center for Health Sciences (Tulsa)
- Oklahoma State University Medical Center (Tulsa)
Other public schools in Oklahoma:
- Rogers State University (Claremore)
- Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell)
- Langston University (Langston)
- East Central University (Ada)
- Cameron University (Lawton)
Private schools in Oklahoma are primarily liberal arts colleges founded by various Christian denominations throughout the state. These schools emphasize various programs and educations, and typically cost more than public schools. Private schools tend to have lower student to teacher ratios and smaller overall enrollment, a result of which is, typically, more academic opportunities in the form of study abroad programs, internships and research projects.
Private colleges and universities include:
- University of Tulsa (Tulsa)
- Bacone College (Muskogee)
- Southern Nazarene University (Bethany)
- Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City)
- Virginia College (Tulsa)
The state of Oklahoma also holds a large number of private career and technical schools as well as community colleges. Both provide career or technical training in high demand fields, though career and technical schools tend to have shorter, more focused programs to bring students into the workforce as quickly as possible. Community colleges offer a wide range of programs at low cost, including academic programs that allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education and allow for transfer to a four year institution upon completion.
The most populous city in Oklahoma is Oklahoma City, followed by Tulsa, Norman, and Broken Arrow. While the most populous county in Oklahoma is Oklahoma County with Tulsa County close behind. If you are interested in visiting the state of Oklahoma, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.
College Degree Breakdown for the State of OklahomaSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online
|Doctoral or professional degree||37,570||2.4|
|Postsecondary nondegree award||109,780||6.9|
|Some college, no degree||43,300||2.7|
|High school diploma or equivalent||592,690||37.3|
|No formal educational credential||433,910||27.3|
Public Universities & Colleges
There are fifteen public 4-year state universities and colleges in Oklahoma. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Oklahoma.
Private Universities & Colleges
In Oklahoma there are fifteen accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Oklahoma.
Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Oklahoma" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Oklahoma.
Bible & Christian Colleges
Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately fourteen such colleges in Oklahoma located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Oklahoma along with program and tuition information.
Browse Schools by Career in Oklahoma
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Medicine & Healthcare
- Pharmacy Schools in Oklahoma (Pharm. D.) (2 Schools)
- Veterinary Schools in Oklahoma (D.V.M.) (1 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in Oklahoma (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (81 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in Oklahoma (J.D.) (3 Schools)