Oklahoma Colleges and Schools

Students curious about colleges in Oklahoma will find much to choose from. The state has 18 public 4-year colleges. The largest of these is the Oklahoma State System, with 25 colleges and universities — including two research universities, 10 regional universities, one public liberal arts university and 12 community colleges.

Oklahoma is also home to 21 private four-year universities. Perhaps the most notable of these is Oral Roberts University, a large, private Christian college. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Oral Roberts University "Best in the West" and "Best Value."

Rounding out the mix of Oklahoma colleges are 36 private technical and trade schools. These schools award certificates and two-year degrees in a variety of fields, such as cosmetology, culinary arts, medical and dental assisting, business administration, and skilled trades.

Reciprocity Agreements in Oklahoma

The state of Oklahoma participates in the Academic Common Market, an arrangement among more than a dozen Southern states that allows students to pay in-state tuition rates for programs not available in their home state. This program is administered by the Southern Regional Education Board.

Online Education in Oklahoma

The Online College of Oklahoma offers more than 3,400 online courses and 18 fully online degree programs from colleges and universities in Oklahoma. Many Oklahoma colleges also participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which sets national standards for distance education, making it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.

For more information about the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, see https://www.okhighered.org/index.shtml


  • National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, Accessed April 2018, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Accessed April 2018, https://www.okhighered.org/index.shtml
  • Oral Roberts Universities, Accessed April 2018, http://www.oru.edu/
  • Oklahoma State University, Accessed April 2018, https://go.okstate.edu/
  • SREB Academic Common Market, Accessed May 2018, https://secure.okcollegestart.org/College_Planning/Explore_Schools/SREB_Academic_Common_Market.aspx

Education Institutes in Oklahoma
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Oklahoma
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Oklahoma
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusNorman28,564Four or more years$11,538274
Oklahoma State University-Main CampusStillwater24,690Four or more years$9,019245
Tulsa Community CollegeTulsa16,475At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,34996
University of Central OklahomaEdmond15,393Four or more years$7,489173
Oklahoma City Community CollegeOklahoma City12,039At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,05982
Northeastern State UniversityTahlequah7,879Four or more years$6,65095
Rose State CollegeMidwest City7,420At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,31968
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma CityOklahoma City5,701Four or more years$4,49857
Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityWeatherford5,267Four or more years$7,33566
Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversityDurant4,542Four or more years$6,75056
University of TulsaTulsa4,365Four or more years$41,509156
Cameron UniversityLawton4,290Four or more years$6,45051
Northern Oklahoma CollegeTonkawa4,181At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,17030
Tulsa Technology CenterTulsa4,070At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A71
Oral Roberts UniversityTulsa4,053Four or more years$27,728170

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/