Unique Research Facilities at UCO

In a world where hands-on experience is king, it is imperative for students to have the right tools. The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) has world class research facilities that both undergraduate and graduate students can enjoy. From research centers to a supercomputer funded by the National Science Foundation, students are able to collaborate with their peers and professors in order to deepen their learning and make an impact in our world. These opportunities are not only on campus; UCO is a critical player in work happening in the community and across the state.

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At UCO, we work tirelessly to provide our students with unique resources that can’t be found just anywhere. Did you know that UCO has a bat cave?!? 🦇

UCO Ranking and Accreditations

As the oldest university in Oklahoma, established in 1890, the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) has acquired over 50 national rankings and awards of which UCO students and faculty can be proud.
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Through the years, UCO has been listed highly in rankings such as:

  • U.S. International University of the Year – Higher Education Review
  • Top Regional Universities in the West – U.S. News and World Report
  • #1 Jazz Ensemble Programs – Downbeat Magazine
  • Top 3 Strongest Professional Master’s Degree in Engineering Physics – American Institute of Physics
  • Top 10 Student Engagement Universities – Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
  • Top 20 Accredited Universities – Professional Golf Association
  • Top 20 National Debate Tournament – Cross Examination Debate Association

The United States of America does not have a Ministry of Education. As a result, university standards are measured by accreditation agencies. Universities with more prestigious academic programs go through the process of having their quality certified by accrediting agencies which specialize in specific academic disciplines.

Besides verifying academic quality, why do accreditations matter for students?

Transformative Learning

Tell me and I’ll remember some
Show me and I’ll remember a little more
Let me show you, and I’ll remember forever.

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How do you learn best? Do you learn by someone telling you how? Or do you learn by doing? If you learn best by doing, practicing, asking, discovering and finding, you will love the Transformative Learning Teaching philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma. It is so excellent, that the United States Government gave UCO over 8 million dollars to make it the best in the world.

Your Professors Will Be the Key to Your Future

Picture of Ligia standing at the conferenceHi! My name is Ligia Espinoza, and I am an International Student from Nicaragua. I am here to share my story about how I was able to receive an internship with a Transportation Economics and Logistics Research firm through the help of my UCO professor.

The United States is known as the “land of opportunity” – however, UCO is the place where opportunities oftentimes come with a helping hand. My story started when I came to UCO in August of 2017 and started pursuing an Operations and Supply Chain Management degree. At this time, I quickly realized that making connections was going to be key to my success as a student and for my future as a professional.