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Top Colleges in Oklahoma

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

Whether you’re enticed by the vibrant urban life of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, or the serene campus settings in smaller towns like Stillwater or Edmond, there’s an Oklahoma college that’s the perfect fit for you. With prestigious institutions such as the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, and financial aid opportunities like the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, the state is a great fit for hundreds of thousands of students every year. Explore our list of Oklahoma colleges below to find the ideal institution for your academic goals.

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University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

Norman, OK • Public, Suburb

Norman, OK

Public, Suburb

85% acceptance rate
20,800 undergraduate students
76% graduation rate
$19,867 average per year after aid
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Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

Stillwater, OK • Public, Town

Stillwater, OK

Public, Town

68% acceptance rate
19,841 undergraduate students
66% graduation rate
$13,188 average per year after aid
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University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK • Private, Non-Profit, City

Tulsa, OK

Private, Non-Profit, City

75% acceptance rate
2,698 undergraduate students
73% graduation rate
$26,781 average per year after aid
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Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK • Private, Non-Profit, City

Oklahoma City, OK

Private, Non-Profit, City

79% acceptance rate
1,425 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$26,834 average per year after aid
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Oklahoma Christian University

Edmond, OK • Private, Non-Profit, City

Edmond, OK

Private, Non-Profit, City

97% acceptance rate
1,736 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$18,369 average per year after aid
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Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, OK • Private, Non-Profit, City

Tulsa, OK

Private, Non-Profit, City

85% acceptance rate
3,186 undergraduate students
59% graduation rate
$23,385 average per year after aid
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Oklahoma Baptist University

Shawnee, OK • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Shawnee, OK

Private, Non-Profit, Town

56% acceptance rate
1,407 undergraduate students
54% graduation rate
$20,564 average per year after aid
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Southern Nazarene University

Bethany, OK • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Bethany, OK

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

--% acceptance rate
1,479 undergraduate students
48% graduation rate
$19,449 average per year after aid
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Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, OK • Public, Town

Tahlequah, OK

Public, Town

99% acceptance rate
5,212 undergraduate students
39% graduation rate
$9,769 average per year after aid
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University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Chickasha, OK • Public, Town

Chickasha, OK

Public, Town

63% acceptance rate
841 undergraduate students
39% graduation rate
$9,215 average per year after aid
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Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Weatherford, OK • Public, Town

Weatherford, OK

Public, Town

94% acceptance rate
3,541 undergraduate students
39% graduation rate
$12,238 average per year after aid
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University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OK • Public, Suburb

Edmond, OK

Public, Suburb

81% acceptance rate
11,420 undergraduate students
37% graduation rate
$17,116 average per year after aid
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Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Goodwell, OK • Public, Rural

Goodwell, OK

Public, Rural

--% acceptance rate
1,181 undergraduate students
26% graduation rate
$7,210 average per year after aid
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Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Durant, OK • Public, Town

Durant, OK

Public, Town

74% acceptance rate
2,832 undergraduate students
30% graduation rate
$10,426 average per year after aid
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East Central University

Ada, OK • Public, Town

Ada, OK

Public, Town

65% acceptance rate
2,552 undergraduate students
31% graduation rate
$11,157 average per year after aid
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Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Alva, OK • Public, Town

Alva, OK

Public, Town

59% acceptance rate
1,408 undergraduate students
30% graduation rate
$10,970 average per year after aid
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Mid-America Christian University

Oklahoma City, OK • Private, Non-Profit, City

Oklahoma City, OK

Private, Non-Profit, City

--% acceptance rate
1,359 undergraduate students
36% graduation rate
$17,694 average per year after aid
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Rogers State University

Claremore, OK • Public, Town

Claremore, OK

Public, Town

--% acceptance rate
2,591 undergraduate students
25% graduation rate
$13,361 average per year after aid
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Randall University

Moore, OK • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Moore, OK

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

55% acceptance rate
279 undergraduate students
19% graduation rate
$16,856 average per year after aid
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About the Data

We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

State grants in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG):

The Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant is a need based grant for Oklahoma residents. There are many eligible colleges for this program, including public and private colleges and universities, career technology centers, and tribal colleges. Since grant awards depend on the availability of funds at each institution, the earlier you apply, the better. 

Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship:

The Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship is a need based scholarship that requires Oklahoma students to register in eighth, ninth, 10th or 11th grade. The amount awarded depends on the student’s parents’ income in combination with the number of dependents their parents have. 

Oklahoma tuition reciprocity agreements

Oklahoma is a part of the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market. This means that students going to public institutions out-of-state can pay in-state tuition, if their degree is not offered in their home state. These tuition discounts allow students in Oklahoma to attend institutions in the following states, and vice versa:

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Frequently asked questions about colleges in Oklahoma

What is the hardest college in Oklahoma to get into?

 The college with the lowest acceptance rate in Oklahoma is Randall University, with an acceptance rate of 55%. Even if this acceptance rate is lower than other schools you are applying to, don’t let this discourage you! There are so many factors that college admissions consider, so it never hurts to apply.

Does Oklahoma have tuition reciprocity?

Yes! Oklahoma is one of the 15 states in the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market. When going to school in an SREB state, make sure to look into whether you can receive discounted tuition, even when going out of state.

Why should I study in Oklahoma?

By studying in Oklahoma, you’ll be able to experience southern culture, as well as its Native American influence. For example, every year Oklahoma hosts the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, which is one of the largest gatherings of Native American artists and performers in the US. This is also a great place to study if you are interested in agriculture, energy, aerospace, or healthcare as these tend to be booming industries in the area. And as far as recreational activities, its natural landscape lends itself to a lot of outdoor activities like hiking, camping and fishing. If any of these things appeal to you, check out some Oklahoma schools and see if they have any tuition reciprocity agreements with your state!

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