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University of Central Oklahoma

University of Central Oklahoma Rating: 4.3/5 (31 votes)

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Introduction

“Going green” is more than just a passing fad at the University of Central Oklahoma! Encouraging a green atmosphere is one of many accolades of which the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) can be proud. This state university is 100% wind energy dependent, has its own recycling program, produces its own biofuel, and uses compact fluorescent bulbs throughout campus. Having a green thumb as well, with lush gardens located throughout campus, UCO is the ideal school for anyone who shares a passion for saving the environment. The oldest and third largest university in Oklahoma, UCO is located in Edmond and was established as a teacher training school in 1890.

Academics

The university is comprised of the College of Fine Arts and Design, the College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Mathematics and Science and the Forensic Science Institute.

Students can pursue over 100 majors including art history, music, economics, information and operations management, early childhood education, speech/language pathology, history-museum studies, sociology, actuarial science computer science and forensic science. Besides of the vast number of bachelor’s degrees offered, there are also a wide variety of minor studies that students can choose from.

Students may also be able to choose to mix and match special areas of expertise with their major. For instance if a student majors in Fashion Marketing, he/she can minor in mass communications-advertising or marketing-professional selling. UCO also boasts 6 master degrees that cover 32 programs of study such as business administration, English, music, forensic science, design and bilingual/TESL.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Transformative Learning and Leadership:

UCO promotes something called transformative learning. This is the idea that there are 6 areas that students need to learn or be a part of in order to be well rounded individuals that contribute successfully to their communities. These five essential elements are: discipline knowledge (field of study) leadership (character enrichment) problem solving (through research and personal activities) service learning and civic engagement (community service projects) global and cultural competencies (awareness of the world around) and health and wellness. At UCO leadership qualities are seen as the base of a good education and a stepping stone to a great career. UCO offers leadership as a minor. Classes such as theories of leadership and leadership and civic management are believed to enrich a student after graduation making that student better prepared in the workforce. Leadership opportunities are all around campus. Leadership training camps and summits are available year round, as well as book clubs that read all about leaders and leadership around the world, and an actual library dedicated to books and other resources about leadership.

New to UCO is the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) which will offer an associate in applied science degree later this year as a bachelor degree program. This degree program will be taught by musicians and other professionals in the music industry. The ACM focuses primarily on music production and advancing ones talent on the drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals. Another unique quality of UCO is its special jazz lab. This lab doubles as a music learning center and recording studio during the day and a music club that is open to the public as a family entertainment hot spot at night.

Admissions

The University of Central Oklahoma has a rolling admissions policy. The basic admission requirements are a minimum 2.7 GPA and an ACT score of 20 or above or an SAT score of 950 or above. UCO offers a combined application process that takes care of admission and scholarships at the same time (some scholarships do have particular deadlines).

For transfer students or adult students wanting to attend UCO there is no minimum of transfer credits required. If credits being transferred are less than 24, the requirements of incoming freshman are also required, but if you are an adult (defined as being over the age of 21) placement exams are to be completed before admission.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid such as federal grants, loans, and work study opportunities, prospective students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. Information provided on the FAFSA, will ultimately determine what form of federal financial aid you are eligible to receive. Be sure to fill out this form carefully and be sure to note the priority deadlines for submission.

The federal deadline for online applications is in late June for the fall to spring semester. The deadline for the state of Oklahoma itself falls in mid-March for priority consideration.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4640th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

At UCO, student life is seen in all aspects of having a productive college education. Campus Activities and Events which is run by the department of student affairs offers students the chance to be the leaders in orchestrating such programs as the new student orientation and homecoming. Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of memberships in fraternity and sororities. Student organizations or clubs and associations,such as the Student Programming Board is in charge of setting up events and programs from the community and bringing them onto the campus.

Annual events include an international food festival, Battle of the Bands, and the “Shack-a-thon”. The Shack-a-thon is an interesting three day event that raises awareness of the plight of poverty and hunger. In this event, students form teams that create shacks made from materials such as cardboard, wood, and tape. They can use additional supplies to build their homes, but these supplies must be obtained for less than $50. Students then live in these shacks, panhandling to raise not only awareness of the cause but to raise funds for the Breakfast on Boulevard, an organization that feeds the hungry and also provides additional community services to those in need in Edmond, OK. It is truly transformative learning in practice.

Another similar event that raises awareness of poverty and hunger is the Canned Food Drive and Sculpture competition. Hosted during Greek Week, this artistically inclined food drive, where sculptures are assembled in the NUC from non-perishable food items, helps collect food products that are ultimately donated to the Regional Food Bank.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Are you a sports fanatic? You won’t be disappointed with the sports here. This school has both men/women basketball and golf. With a large number of female students, competitive level sports are more geared towards women, which includes a rowing team, cross-country, tennis, track and field, volleyball and soccer. There are various intramural sports offered through the wellness center. During the fall, teams for flag football are in constant demand. In the spring, students can compete in archery, table tennis and Ultimate Frisbee. A little interesting fact, UCO has been an official U.S. training site for the Paralympics since 2005. This university has hosted the men’s and women’s sitting volleyball team. They also are considered an U.S. Olympic committee community partner.

Additional School Information

The university offers a variety of housing choices. Aside from fraternity and sorority housing, students have four housings options to choose from. The central plaza housing unit is a coed facility. It was previously a hotel which means this particular housing hall is a unique college feature with personal bathrooms in each room. This facility is fully furnished and also comes with queen beds, a far cry from the conventional twin bed dorm rooms .West Hall and Murdaugh Hall are the female and male dorm halls respectively. They offer the typical college dorm lifestyle with double occupancy rooms and community bathrooms. University suites offer single and double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms and kitchenettes. What’s unique about the university suites is the outdoor areas that have private courtyard for games such as volleyball and other types of recreation such as grilling. The University Commons is the apartment complex on campus that offers full kitchens and laundry facilities.

Information Summary

Ranks 11th in Oklahoma and 1225th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Oklahoma and 201st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 30 0.17

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 30 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 7 0.01
Robbery 20 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 311 0.38
Larceny 1,280 1.56
Vehicle theft 55 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Edmond, OK 73034
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population30,574 (26,081 urban / 4,493 rural)
Households11,439 (2.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$52,176
Families7,985 (3.04 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4005

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1570th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,715 $4,715 $12,829
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $722 $722 $722
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $157 $157 $428
FT Graduate Tuition $4,964 $4,964 $12,431
FT Graduate Required Fees $577 $577 $577
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $207 $207 $518
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,293 $17,293 $25,407
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,299 $21,299 $29,413
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,983 $11,983 $20,097

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,718 $5,092 $4,718 $5,092 $11,905 $12,767
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,314 $6,472
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,190 $9,316
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,346(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,300(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,432 (4,340 male / 6,092 female)
Admitted 8,761 (3,658 male / 5,103 female)
Admission rate 84%
First-time Enrollment 2,223 (965 male / 1,258 female)
FT Enrollment 2,082 (892 male / 1,190 female)
PT Enrollment 141 (73 male / 68 female)
Total Enrollment17,220

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc

ACT Test Admission

842nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,698
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,362
Board Fee$3,578

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 260 226 172 106 124 1,906 108 3,023
Accounting 11 9 2 9 3 61 4 100
Actuarial Science 9 3 12
Adult Development and Aging
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 3 3 1 1 3 18 1 31
Advertising 2 1 3 15 21
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations 3 3 2 2 13 1 26
Applied Economics
Applied Mathematics, General 2 1 7 1 11
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 2
Art Teacher Education 7 8
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 1 1 5 1 10
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 2 3 5
Biology Teacher Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 6 10 12 2 42 3 80
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration and Management, General 20 21 18 15 12 175 10 278
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1 1 3
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 1 3 2 1 13 20
Chemistry, Other 1 5 6
Child Development 1 5 5 1 15 1 28
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1 2
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Communication, General 1 1 8 10
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other 1 17 1 19
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5 4 14 25
Corrections
Counseling Psychology 1 1 6 2 10
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 1 2 12 1 17
Creative Writing 2 1 21 1 27
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 1 10 13
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 1 8 1 12
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 7 8 1 34 1 53
Dance, General 1 1 1 8 12
Design and Visual Communications, General
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 1 1 7 9
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2 1 6 11
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 3 2 4 42 1 55
Economics, General 1 1 2
Education, General 1 1 1 1 29 1 36
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 3 3 1 7 68 2 88
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 1 10 12
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 1 3 7
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 4 3 51 1 64
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 3 1 5
English Language and Literature, General 2 1 1 3 21 28
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 15 16
Experimental Psychology 1 2 3
Family Systems 3 2 1 9 16
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 3 3
Finance, General 20 2 4 4 43 3 78
Fine/Studio Arts, General 3 1 1 8 2 16
Forensic Chemistry
Forensic Psychology 1 1
Forensic Science and Technology 1 1 2 1 2 23 2 33
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 1 1 2
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General 4 1 14 1 20
General Literature 6 1 7
General Studies 13 45 20 6 15 179 6 298
Geography 4 1 6
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature
Gerontology 2 2 3 3 11
Graphic Design 2 2 1 1 7 14
Health Occupations Teacher Education 3 3
History Teacher Education 1 1 12 14
History, General 3 2 3 3 35 1 52
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 3 8 1 14
Human Nutrition 6 1 1 1 30 2 42
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 8 5 5 3 21 2 44
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 1 3 1 6
Information Technology 1 1 1 3
Insurance 6 6
Interior Design 2 11 13
International Business/Trade/Commerce 9 1 1 4 6 1 23
International Relations and Affairs 1 1 2 1 5
Jazz/Jazz Studies 1 4 2 7
Journalism 2 7 1 12
Juvenile Corrections
Keyboard Instruments
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5 1 1 1 31 3 45
Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis
Learning Sciences
Legal Studies, General 1 1 4 2 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4 4
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 1 2
Management Information Systems, General 6 1 15 3 27
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 10 5 2 2 1 37 1 59
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1 3
Mathematics and Computer Science 3 3
Mathematics and Statistics, Other 3 3
Mathematics, General 5 5
Mechanical Engineering 6 1 2 1 11
Multicultural Education 16 4 9 30
Music Management 1 3 12 1 18
Music Pedagogy 1 1 2
Music Performance, General 1 3 4 2 6 24 6 51
Music Teacher Education 1 1 1 5 8
Music Technology 2 1 2 21 3 32
Music, General 2 4 6
Music, Other 5 5
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 3 6 3 2 2 36 2 60
Operations Management and Supervision 1 1 1 4 9 1 18
Organizational Communication, General 1 5 6
Organizational Leadership 1 1 44 8 55
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 1 7 8
Philosophy 1 1 8 10
Photojournalism 1 1 1 15 18
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1 1 12 17
Physics Teacher Education
Political Science and Government, General 6 3 3 16 29
Pre-Engineering
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Psychology, General 6 15 10 4 8 61 1 110
Public Administration 1 1 2 4
Public Health Education and Promotion 3 3 2 1 9 18
Public Health, General 1 1 1 3
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 1 1
Public Relations/Image Management 4 5 2 1 2 33 3 54
Radio and Television 2 2 1 2 3 19 1 31
Reading Teacher Education 1 13 14
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 9 7 2 6 6 73 4 113
Rhetoric and Composition 1 3 4
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 3 3
School Psychology 1 6 10
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 1 2 1 4
Social Studies Teacher Education
Sociology 3 10 8 1 33 2 58
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 2 1 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 14 16
Special Education and Teaching, Other 2 3 5
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 3 10 1 16
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 2 3 1 36 1 46
Statistics, Other 1 1
Stringed Instruments 1 3 4
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 6 7
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 8 1 2 11
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 1 8 9
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 1 3 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1875th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,819 ($66,554 male / $58,739 female)
Number of FT Faculty 488 (254 male / 234 female)
Number of PT Faculty 931
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $16,021,584
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