University of Central Oklahoma
100 N University Dr.
Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 974-2727
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

The University of Central Oklahoma is a public four-year institution located in Edmond. The school was founded in 1890 as the Territorial Normal School of Oklahoma and is one of the oldest public universities in the state. UCO currently serves more than 17,000 students and offers a range of degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Central Oklahoma among the top 30 public schools in the country. In addition, the school was ranked number 72 on the list of the top regional universities in the west.

Programs Offered

The University of Central Oklahoma offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees designed to suit the academic interests and career goals of many different students. Available areas of study include business administration, education and professional studies, fine arts and design, liberal arts, mathematics and science, and forensic science. Those interested in pursuing online degrees will find options available through the Center for eLearning and Continuing Education. These opportunities include self-paced online courses, interactive video courses, and continuing education classes, in addition to traditional university courses offered in online format.


The University of Central Oklahoma was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools from 1921 to 1934. It was then reaccredited in 1947. UCO has also earned specialized accreditation for its programs in funeral service education, dietetics, speech-language pathology, music, teacher education, and nursing.


Students looking to enroll at the University of Central Oklahoma can submit their applications online or via mail. There is a $40 application fee for undergraduate students. In addition, students should prepare to have their official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT score reports mailed directly to the school. Transfer students with less than 24 credit hours under their belt will need to submit these documents as well. In 2011, 80% of undergraduate applicants were admitted to the university and 60% enrolled. Prospective graduate students can access the school’s website or contact the admissions office directly for more information about the application process.

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