Best Colleges in Oklahoma 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in Oklahoma. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Best Colleges in Oklahoma 2022

Colleges and Universities in Oklahoma

Less than half of the schools in Oklahoma are private schools. However, students who attend one these schools can expect a more intimate college experience, as each has a student population smaller than 4,000 students. The largest private school, the University of Tulsa, offers degrees in fields like education, criminal justice, and literature, with tuition fees around $41,000. The public schools tend to be more cost-friendly, with tuition ranging from $4,000 to $9,000 per year.

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The University of Oklahoma, the state’s largest public school, costs about $9,000 and serves over 24,000 students. Here, students can partake in competitive on-campus programs in fields like communications and social work, or pursue one of the 30 graduate degrees and certificates online. Oklahoma is also home to several religiously affiliated schools, like Oral Roberts University and Bacone College. Students hoping to pursue a career as a physician, physician’s assistant, or dentist may also want to consider earning their degree here as the state offers several loan forgiveness programs to those who qualify.

The state of Oklahoma is serious about its food — so serious they even declared an official state meal, which consists of fried okra, cornbread, barbecue pork, squash, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, black-eyed peas, and pecan pie. Those hoping to feed both their bellies and their minds can attend one of Oklahoma’s more than 40 colleges and universities.

To learn more about earning your degree in Oklahoma, check out some of the state’s top programs.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 26 colleges and universities in Oklahoma that meet our criteria. This list of the top colleges in Oklahoma below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in Oklahoma.

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Best Colleges in Oklahoma 2022

  1. #1

    University of Oklahoma

    Norman , OK
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    What is University of Oklahoma known for?

    University of Oklahoma’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • History
    • Social Work
    • Education
    • Anthropology
    • Engineering
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

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  2. #2

    University of Tulsa

    Tulsa , OK
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/27

    What is University of Tulsa known for?

    University of Tulsa’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Literature
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Economics
    • Business
    • Education
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    21K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    What is Oklahoma State University–Stillwater known for?

    Oklahoma State University–Stillwater’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  4. #4

    Oklahoma City University

    Oklahoma City , OK
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1200/25

    What is Oklahoma City University known for?

    Oklahoma City University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Law
    • Communications
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    12K

    What is University of Central Oklahoma known for?

    University of Central Oklahoma’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Law
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

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  6. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    61%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/24

    What is Oklahoma Christian University known for?

    Oklahoma Christian University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Business
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

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  7. #8

    Northeastern State University

    Tahlequah , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    998/21

    What is Northeastern State University known for?

    Northeastern State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • History
    • Law
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Southwestern Oklahoma State University known for?

    Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Biology
    • History
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #10

    Langston University

    Langston , OK
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Langston University known for?

    Langston University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/20

    What is East Central University known for?

    East Central University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Social Work
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Physics
    • Medical
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Southeastern Oklahoma State University known for?

    Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Communications
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #13

    Oklahoma Baptist University

    Shawnee , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/23

    What is Oklahoma Baptist University known for?

    Oklahoma Baptist University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Anthropology
    • Mathematics
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Communications

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  13. #14

    Bacone College

    Muskogee , OK
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    47%

    Graduation

    9%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    873/15

    What is Bacone College known for?

    Bacone College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. #15

    Cameron University

    Lawton , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Cameron University known for?

    Cameron University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Physics
    • History
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1020/19

    What is Northwestern Oklahoma State University known for?

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Education
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. #17

    Oklahoma Wesleyan University

    Bartlesville , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/20

    What is Oklahoma Wesleyan University known for?

    Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. #18

    Southern Nazarene University

    Bethany , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Southern Nazarene University known for?

    Southern Nazarene University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • History
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #19

    Rogers State University

    Claremore , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Rogers State University known for?

    Rogers State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Sociology
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Oklahoma Panhandle State University known for?

    Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    912/21

    What is University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma known for?

    University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • History
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. #22

    Randall University

    Moore , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    39%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    900/21

    What is Randall University known for?

    Randall University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Business
  22. Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    992/18

    What is Southwestern Christian University known for?

    Southwestern Christian University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Social Work
    • Education
    • History
    • Literature
  23. Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology known for?

    Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Education
  24. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    17%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City known for?

    Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
  25. #26

    Mid-America Christian University

    Oklahoma City , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Mid-America Christian University known for?

    Mid-America Christian University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Education
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Oklahoma
  2. Oklahoma City University
  3. University of Tulsa
  4. Oral Roberts University
  5. Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  6. Oklahoma Christian University
  7. Oklahoma Baptist University
  8. Oklahoma State University–Stillwater
  9. Mid-America Christian University
  10. Oklahoma Panhandle State University