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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Oklahoma include 17 public and 14 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in Oklahoma is $9,388, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Oklahoma. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) — this organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of postsecondary education programs in the central United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Colleges in Oklahoma

Best Colleges In Oklahoma

University of Tulsa

University of Oklahoma

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

University of Central Oklahoma

Southern Nazarene University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Oklahoma

When choosing where you’d like to attend college, it’s important to understand your career potential and opportunities in that state. As of May 2022, the five industries that employ the most people in Oklahoma are office and administrative support occupations, food preparation and serving, sales, transportation and material moving, and healthcare practitioners.

Also, the five fastest-growing careers in Oklahoma that require job seekers to hold a bachelor’s degree are information security analysts, athletic trainers, medical and health services managers, geoscientists, and financial examiners.

Companies in a variety of industries hold a position on the list of the top 150 largest employers in Oklahoma. These employers include Oklahoma State University, American Airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration, Altus Air Force Base, and Winstar World Casino.

What’s Next?

When you’re looking for a college in Oklahoma, there are a number of financial aid options to consider that may help cover the cost of undergraduate tuition. The following resources will help you find grants, scholarships, and other aid opportunities in Oklahoma:

  • OKcollegestart. This website provides information about financial aid options, state scholarships, loans, and deadlines to apply.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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