Oklahoma’s Best Research Universities of 2021

Interested in attending a STEM school in Oklahoma? Our ranking of top research universities for bachelor’s degrees displays schools that will best prepare you for STEM careers.

Oklahoma’s Best Research Universities 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.

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


What are Oklahoma’s Colleges & Universities?

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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.

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A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. There are 4 research universities in Oklahoma, all of which satisfy our criteria. The list below of the best research universities in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a fully accredited university.
  2. It must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
  3. It must report high levels of research activity based upon the number of research and/or practice doctorates awarded each year.
  4. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 50%.

Best Research Universities in Oklahoma for Undergraduates

  1. 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:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Communications

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  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:

    • Law
    • Business
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Communications
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Literature
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  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    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:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Law
    • Literature
    • Education
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
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  4. 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:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • History
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

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