2022 best colleges in Oklahoma best-colleges

Oklahoma is home to around 30 different degree-granting institutions, most notably University of Oklahoma, located just next to Oklahoma City, and Oklahoma State, located a good 60 minute drive out into the countryside. If students would like to venture further afield, Oklahoma is a member of the Academic Common Market, a collection of 15 southern states offering reciprocal in-state tuition advantages.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 68%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $14,648

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $52,702

Vs. state average: + $5,209

Economic score: 2.13

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#2 in Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

Norman, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $21,145

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $57,071

Vs. state average: + $9,578

Economic score: 2.46

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#3 in Oklahoma

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 70%

Grad rate: 72%

Net cost: $20,936

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $54,632

Vs. state average: + $7,139

Economic score: 2.60

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#4 in Oklahoma

Southern Nazarene University

Bethany, Oklahoma

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $18,147

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $51,104

Vs. state average: + $3,611

Economic score: 3.28

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#5 in Oklahoma

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 94%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $12,891

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $43,079

Vs. state average: - $4,414

Economic score: 3.77

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#6 in Oklahoma

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $9,994

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $40,170

Vs. state average: - $7,323

Economic score: 3.82

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#7 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 74%

Grad rate: 71%

Net cost: $22,306

Payback: 4.1 Years

Earnings: $47,648

Vs. state average: + $155

Economic score: 4.12

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#8 in Oklahoma

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $16,562

Payback: 4.6 Years

Earnings: $43,999

Vs. state average: - $3,494

Economic score: 4.96

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#9 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Baptist University

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 59%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $21,446

Payback: 4.8 Years

Earnings: $43,596

Vs. state average: - $3,897

Economic score: 5.21

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#10 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Christian University

Edmond, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 62%

Grad rate: 53%

Net cost: $21,347

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $43,503

Vs. state average: - $3,990

Economic score: 5.38

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#11 in Oklahoma

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $22,248

Payback: 5.6 Years

Earnings: $42,161

Vs. state average: - $5,332

Economic score: 6.29

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#12 in Oklahoma

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Durant, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 40%

Net cost: $8,237

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $41,698

Vs. state average: - $5,795

Economic score: 2.73

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#13 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Goodwell, Oklahoma

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 29%

Net cost: $10,537

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $41,056

Vs. state average: - $6,437

Economic score: 3.36

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#14 in Oklahoma

East Central University

Ada, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 97%

Grad rate: 40%

Net cost: $10,334

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $40,737

Vs. state average: - $6,756

Economic score: 3.47

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#15 in Oklahoma

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Alva, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 71%

Grad rate: 32%

Net cost: $9,791

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $40,371

Vs. state average: - $7,122

Economic score: 3.58

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#16 in Oklahoma

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Chickasha, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 36%

Grad rate: 41%

Net cost: $8,607

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $37,083

Vs. state average: - $10,410

Economic score: 4.01

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#17 in Oklahoma

Cameron University

Lawton, Oklahoma

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 24%

Net cost: $7,952

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $36,869

Vs. state average: - $10,624

Economic score: 4.24

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#18 in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 37%

Net cost: $25,246

Payback: 4.5 Years

Earnings: $48,309

Vs. state average: + $816

Economic score: 4.44

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#19 in Oklahoma

Mid-America Christian University

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 31%

Net cost: $20,746

Payback: 5.2 Years

Earnings: $45,023

Vs. state average: - $2,470

Economic score: 5.53

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#20 in Oklahoma

Rogers State University

Claremore, Oklahoma

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 22%

Net cost: $16,087

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $39,704

Vs. state average: - $7,789

Economic score: 5.90

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