Best Private Colleges in Oklahoma 2022

Best Private Colleges in Oklahoma 2022

Private colleges, unlike large public institutions, can be a great option for students wanting a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Here is our list of the best private colleges in Oklahoma.

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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What is the difference between public and private colleges?

Public and private colleges and universities operate under different business models. Public colleges and universities are owned by the state and receive both state and federal funding to operate. Private colleges and universities are private companies with private funding. If you’re looking at the pros and cons of private vs. public colleges, consider that many public colleges provide diverse course offerings, influential professors, and an excellent return on your investment.

Public colleges are schools that receive most of their funding from tax revenues. As a result, the cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is often lower than the equivalent cost at a private college — especially for students attending a public school in their home state. Attending a college in-state is usually the cheapest option. Private universities and colleges can be very competitive with their funding opportunities, so do not simply believe that private colleges are always going to be more expensive. According to National Center for Educational Statistics, the average annual cost (tuition, fees, room and board for full-time students) at a public university was slightly over $20,000. In contrast, private universities cost, on average, nearly $43,000 annually. But in the end, the cost of college comes down to each student’s academic and financial situation.

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

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.

This list is composed entirely of private colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s degrees. We’ve identified 11 private universities in Oklahoma. To be included in the list below of the best private universities in Oklahoma, schools must be fully accredited, private, non-profit institution, and must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees.

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Best Private Colleges in Oklahoma

  1. #1

    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

  2. #2

    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

  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:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #5

    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

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #6

    Bacone College

    Muskogee , OK

    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

  6. #7

    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

  7. 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

  8. #9

    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
  9. 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
  10. #11

    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. Oklahoma City University
  2. University of Tulsa
  3. Oral Roberts University
  4. Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  5. Oklahoma Christian University
  6. Oklahoma Baptist University
  7. Southern Nazarene University
  8. Mid-America Christian University
  9. Southwestern Christian University