The University of Central Oklahoma in 2009 was ranked in the top 10% on the Forbes Magazine list of America’s Best Colleges out of over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. UCO has the state’s largest undergraduate Computing Science program[citation needed], which is accredited by ABET. The Department of Physics is ranked among the top 20 in the United States and the only university in Oklahoma to receive this ranking by the American Institute of Physics. The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music Jazz Division is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the region. The Nursing program is the second largest in Oklahoma and the UCO Debaters are consistently rated one of the top in the nation. The College of Education is the largest in the state of Oklahoma and has graduated more than 50,000 teachers in its history. UCO has consistently been recognized as having one of the best education programs in the Southwest.

UCO is also the only institution in the state of Oklahoma that offers Undergraduate Degrees in Forensic Science, Humanities, Funeral Services, Photo Journalism, Biomedical Engineering, Golf Management, Professional Selling, Business Legal Studies and Insurances. UCO is also the only University in the state of Oklahoma to offer a Master of Science in Athletic Training, a Master of Science in Forensic Science and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies.

UCO is a thriving, metropolitan university, intent on leading the way to bright, successful futures for our students and community. Through our quality academic programs, innovative leadership development opportunities and nurturing campus environment, we strive to Provestra make each student’s UCO experience a transformative one.

Founded in 1890, UCO is Oklahoma’s oldest institution of higher learning, and with close to 16,000 students, we are the state’s third largest university. We’re located on a 210-acre campus in Edmond, Okla., a northern suburb in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. Our location offers the campus community the benefit of living in what’s been ranked as one of the safest communities in the country* with close proximity to the activities and opportunities of a rapidly growing city.

Led by President W. Roger Webb, UCO offers an ever-expanding list of academic majors (112 at last count!), including several programs you won’t find anywhere else in the state or region. Check out the “Quick Facts” page—a Broncho Brag Board of sorts—for a glimpse of other distinctions that make UCO a special place to be.

To the left, you’ll also find information about our core values—or the Three C’s as we call them: Character, Civility and Community—as well as our vision, mission beliefs and more. Those statements are more than words that sound good on a brochure or plaque. The ideas and spirit they represent show in every degree earned, every dream realized, and every life transformed at UCO.

We look forward to you becoming a part of the Central family!

*According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2007 crime statistics report, Edmond ranks as the 12th safest city in the country among cities with a population of more than 75,000.

Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experience.