Oklahoma’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Oklahoma offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Oklahoma’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

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.

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How do we determine Oklahoma's best community colleges?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

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.

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


We’ve identified 16 community colleges in Oklahoma. The following list shows the best community colleges in the state.

Best Community Colleges in Oklahoma

  1. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    10K

    What is Tulsa Community College known for?

    Tulsa Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Physics
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Literature

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  2. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Northern Oklahoma College known for?

    Northern Oklahoma College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Physics

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  3. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Carl Albert State College known for?

    Carl Albert State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Religious Studies
    • Computer Science
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  4. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    7K

    What is Oklahoma City Community College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Literature
    • Psychology
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  5. #5

    Rose State College

    Midwest City , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Rose State College known for?

    Rose State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • History
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Criminal Justice
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  6. #6

    Murray State College

    Tishomingo , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Murray State College known for?

    Murray State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Biology
    • History
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science

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  7. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Eastern Oklahoma State College known for?

    Eastern Oklahoma State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  8. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Redlands Community College known for?

    Redlands Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  9. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Western Oklahoma State College known for?

    Western Oklahoma State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Psychology
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  10. #10

    Seminole State College

    Seminole , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Seminole State College known for?

    Seminole State College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  11. Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College known for?

    Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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  12. #12

    Connors State College

    Warner , OK

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Connors State College known for?

    Connors State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Biology
    • History
    • Medical
    • Law
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

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