Oklahoma Colleges & Universities

Oklahoma is an up-and-coming place for new industries, including aerospace and meteorology, offering opportunities for Oklahoma school graduates. Lawmakers understand how strong Oklahoma schools can help the state thrive, and offer great initiatives for those attending colleges in Oklahoma. Learn more here about Oklahoma colleges and careers.

Strive Forward With Oklahoma Colleges: Oklahoma's forward-thinking Reach Higher program helps working adults attend Oklahoma schools around their own schedules, through flexible-scheduling and online classes. According to the U.S. Department of Education's "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning," online education is one of the fastest growing educational trends. Further, the report found that, "on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction."

State Support of Colleges in Oklahoma: Students attending schools in Oklahoma can apply for Oklahoma's Promise scholarships: providing $54 million in scholarships in both 2009/2010 and 2008/2009 ($5.9 million more than in 2007/2008), Promise scholarships are funded by lottery revenue, oil taxes, casino revenue, and Oklahoma's General Revenue Fund.

These and other educational initiatives--including Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program--reinforce the state's understanding that its economy is dependent on the well-being of Oklahoma colleges. In fact, according to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, for every $1 spent on higher education, an additional $5.15 is pumped into the state's economy; the fiscal impact of Oklahoma colleges on the state's economy is estimated at $3.2 billion a year.

Schools in Oklahoma: According to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 247,000 students are enrolled in state colleges in Oklahoma. These 25 Oklahoma colleges include two research universities and 12 community colleges. There are also over a dozen private colleges in Oklahoma. Oklahoma colleges include:

4-Year State Schools in Oklahoma
  • • East Central University
  • • Langston University
  • • Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Community Colleges in Oklahoma
  • • Oklahoma Community College
  • • Redlands Community College
  • • Tulsa Community College

Private Oklahoma Colleges
  • • Bacone College
  • • Phillips Theological Seminary
  • • The University of Tulsa

Below are State Regents' estimates for Oklahoma colleges' annual tuition + total costs (including room & board):

  • • Community Colleges: Tuition - $1,938; Total - $7,781
  • • Technical Branches: Tuition - $2,520; Total - $9,532
  • • Regional Universities - $4,448; Total - $9,934
  • • Research Universities - $3,739; Total - $14,658

For private Oklahoma colleges, yearly tuition costs vary, ranging between $10,000 and $20,000 and up; room & board + fees often add $9,000-$12,000 more.

From Oklahoma Schools to the Workplace: Things are looking rosy for graduates of Oklahoma's schools, says the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Why? Historically, it has been an ideal place for agriculture because of its climate and soil. It's also wealthy in oil and gas, and offers generous business incentives. Among the many up-and-coming industries in the state are:

  • • Aerospace, including wind and traditional energy - Over 300 companies with combined revenue of over $11 billion.
  • • Weather - The Oklahoma Weather Center is run by a dozen organizations that hire over 700 meteorology-related professionals.
  • • Logistics - Giant chain stores, including Wal-Mart and Best Buy, have warehouses/distribution centers here.
  • • Biotechnology - The 300-acre Oklahoma Health Center's 26 organizations employ over 13,000 chemists and other professionals.
  • • Manufacturing - Michelin, Goodyear, and others are in Oklahoma.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates of Oklahoma schools in these fields enjoy the following mean annual salaries:

  • • Aerospace engineers: $86,290
  • • Atmospheric scientists: $93,870
  • • Transportation, storage, and distribution managers: $65,320
  • • Chemists: $75,800
  • • Manufacturing sales representative: $47,330

Although no degree program can guarantee a salary, graduating from colleges in Oklahoma can help you begin your new career, in a place striving forward.

Candice Mancini

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