Oklahoma’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges of 2021

Liberal arts colleges are a great option for students seeking a well-rounded education in an intimate campus setting. The best liberal arts colleges in Oklahoma offer a diverse selection of degree programs with opportunities for a highly individualized educational experience.

Oklahoma’s Best Liberal Arts 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.

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How do we determine Oklahoma's best colleges and universities?

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.

A liberal arts college is a school that puts a premium on undergraduate studies and offers a broad range of subjects for students to study. A college of liberal arts typically provides smaller class sizes, more direct engagement with professors, and, most importantly, the opportunity to sample a wide range of subject areas on the way to a bachelor’s degree. We’ve identified a total of 22 liberal arts colleges and universities in Oklahoma, 6 of which satisfy our criteria. The list below of the best liberal arts schools in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a non-profit institution.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees.
  4. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 40%.

Best Colleges & Universities in Oklahoma

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1114/21

    What is Oral Roberts University known for?

    Oral Roberts University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Literature
    • History
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • Political Science

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  2. #2

    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:

    • Education
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Communications
    • Medical

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  3. 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:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Nursing
    • Biology

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  4. Tuition + fees

    $31K

    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:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • History
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Communications

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  5. 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:

    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Literature
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  6. 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:

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

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