Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Oklahoma.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Oklahoma. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. In addition, contact them or individual schools for more general college and university information.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Oklahoma offers a surprisingly large number of public universities to choose from given the low population of the state. Learn more about some of these choices below.
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
OU is number is the nation’s leader in enrolled National Merit Scholars enrolled and is in the top ten public universities nationally for graduation of Rhodes Scholars. The OU Honors College with its small classes is one of the largest public university honors programs in America; however, all OU freshman English courses are capped at 19 students regardless of placement level. Study abroad opportunities are present in over 100 cities and 50 countries for OU students. In recent years, the OU Debate team has won the National Debate Championship, OU students have won top awards in the National Petroleum Engineering Competition and the National Kennedy Center Competition in Drama, and the entrepreneurship program has consistently ranked in the top five nationally.
Oklahoma State University
The U.S. News and World Report ranks Oklahoma State University 142nd among national universities and 66th among top public universities. Forbes ranks OSU 240th overall, 116th among research institutions, and 51st in the South. The Oklahoma State Cowboys’ athletic record, a primary focus of the institution, includes 51 national championships, a total greater than all but three NCAA Division I schools in the United States, and first in the Big 12 Conference.
University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma is known for its accounting, forensic science, jazz studies, mass communications, and music theatre programs, the region’s only accredited professional golf management program, and the new Academy of Contemporary Music located in downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district. UCO is also the nation’s only university recognized as an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site; the university hosted the 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships. UCO, an official “Green Power Partner” of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is also a nationally recognized leader in on-campus sustainable and “green” practices, like its use of 100% wind energy and alternative transportation programs, the state’s only car-share program, and the Bum-a-Bike initiative, making the campus both beautiful and efficient.
Oklahoma’s private colleges are not numerous, but they are well-regarded. Find out more about two of the most notable schools below.
University of Tulsa
The Princeton Review calls TU one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” private colleges and universities. TU students have won many competitive national fellowships and awards: 5 British Marshalls (including the first received by an Oklahoma student in 27 years), 7 Department of Defense, 15 Fulbrights, 9 Gilmans, 57 Goldwaters, 50 National Science Foundation,11 Phi Kappa Phi, 11 Trumans, 9 Udalls, and 3 USA Today All Stars. Bloomberg Businessweek magazine ranked the Collins College of Business 33rd in the “Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2011”; fewer than one third of American business schools are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and TU is the only private institution in Oklahoma so accredited.
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master’s-level university category by U.S. News and World Report. OKCU is also listed in Forbes’ “Best Christian Colleges” and “100 Best College Buys.” Teaching is a priority at OKCU; professors, not graduate assistants, teach all classes, and the student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. Class sizes average 17 for freshmen and 13 for upperclassmen.