CollegeNET ranks UCO among the top higher education institutions in the nation for social mobility according to its national ranking. Social mobility measures how well an institution accepts students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and graduates them into well-paying jobs. Central ranked 150 out of more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the U.S. This puts Central in the top 10% nationally for social mobility and as the highest-ranked institution in Oklahoma.
UCO ranked as a top institution in the nation for providing quality, accredited online degree programs through UCO’s Connected Campus in Newsweek’s 2022 “America’s Top Online Colleges” list. UCO ranked No. 145 and is one of only three institutions in Oklahoma on the list.
UCO has received national recognition for its commitment to military-connected students, according to Viqtory Media’s 2022-23 Military Friendly Schools list. Central was named a gold-level Military Friendly School in the category of public universities with more than 10,000 students. Institutions earning this designation are evaluated based on academics, student retention, campus resources, flexibility, graduation rates, tuition assistance and job placement for military-connected students.
The UCO CO-OP Esports and Gaming Arena ranks as one of the top 22 esports arenas in the U.S. according to a recent post by ggCircuit. Central is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list. Arenas chosen for the list are currently using the ggLeap esports venue management platform.
UCO and Rose State College now have a transfer agreement that provides Rose State students with a seamless transfer experience to Central. Through the partnership, Rose State graduates are guaranteed admission to UCO upon successful completion of an associate degree. This creates a simplified transfer experience and allows students the opportunity to quickly and easily begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Pictured, Rose State College President Jeanie Webb, Ph.D., and UCO President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar at the signing ceremony.
UCO Expands Fully Online Offerings
UCO has expanded access to its quality, accredited degree programs with the addition of two new fully online programs through UCO’s Connected Campus. The university now offers a Master of Music (M.M.) in music education and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in finance. The Master of Music in music education prepares students for increased classroom effectiveness through the study of philosophical, methodological and educational concepts relevant to wide-ranging musical contexts. The program can be completed in as little as four semesters, for as low as $13,500. The B.B.A. in finance curriculum will focus on developing problem-solving and critical thinking abilities that provide the in-demand skills needed in today’s expanding financial field.
A team of three undergraduate students majoring in public health at UCO took first place in the 2022 National Case Study Competition in Health Education (NCSCHE). Fifteen teams from eight universities competed in the event. Team members included Moriah Contino, a public health senior from Dubuque, Iowa; Avery Geist, a public health senior from Edmond, Oklahoma; and, Michelle Romero, a public health senior from Bethany, Oklahoma. Pictured, top row left to right, Sunshine Cowan, Ph.D., UCO professor of public health and assistant dean of the JCGS; Contino; and, Kerry Morgan, Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology and health studies at UCO. Front row left to right, Romero; and, Geist.