University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OK

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OK

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Oklahoma’s Metropolitan University

When you choose the University of Central Oklahoma, you instantly connect to a supportive, diverse community invested in your success. For more than 130 years, this tradition of connection with students, faculty, staff, and the community has led thousands of students to Central. At UCO, students are empowered through transformative learning experiences and the innovative spirit that spreads to every corner of campus. When you cross the stage to get your degree, your Central experience will leave you confident and ready for whatever comes next.

So, what else makes Central special? Let’s start with our location. UCO is Oklahoma’s largest metropolitan university. That means our students have direct access to internships, jobs, and all the cultural offerings of the Oklahoma City metro area—just minutes from one of the nation’s safest suburbs, Edmond.

Your time at Central can take you to many places, and where you go depends on how you choose to connect to the Central community. With more than 200 student groups and organizations ranging from fraternity and sorority life to eSports and everything in between, you’ll find your own place to thrive. Plus, you can earn recognition for the skills you build in and out of the classroom through the Student Transformative Learning Record.

UCO offers more than 115 undergraduate majors, including nationally ranked programs and in-demand degrees such as nursing, forensic science, musical theater, engineering, biology, and more. Many of our programs are offered both in person and online, offering flexibility for busy students.

At Central, college isn’t only about what you want to do—it’s also about who you want to be. When you become a Broncho, you gain a team of mentors and advocates dedicated to transforming lives; for our faculty and staff, students come first. The Central experience is a personal experience that goes beyond the classroom.

A college degree is one of the most important investments you will make, and Central remains one of the best values in the state and region. In fact, we’re ranked among the top 10% nationally for social mobility, recognizing our commitment to keeping the Central experience affordable and accessible. With our scholarship and financial aid options, you’ll earn a degree that’s respected throughout the world and graduate with less debt.


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Ranked as a top institution in the nation for providing quality, accredited online degree programs | “America’s Top Online Colleges” 2022, Newsweek


Ranked in the top 10% of higher education institutions in the nation for social mobility | CollegeNET, 2021


UCO Design students receiving more ADDY awards than any other US Design school (with 1,045+)


Ranked #28 in the nation among the “30 US Colleges That Handled the Crises of 2020 Well” | Great Value Colleges


Ranked as the top institution for forensic science |

UCO At A Glance

Founded in 1890, the University of Central Oklahoma connects nearly 14,000 students to unmatched value found in more than 115 undergraduate areas of study and 80 graduate majors from our main campus in Edmond, Oklahoma; facilities throughout the metro area; and online through our Connected Campus. Located on a 210-acre campus, UCO provides students the opportunity to live on campus in safe, comfortable dorms, just steps away from their classes, the library, student activities, and the Wellness Center. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

By the Numbers
• Average class size of 26
• 19:1 student-faculty ratio
• 14 NCAA sports

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “UCO has developed me as a leader, student, and professional all while giving me the college experience I have always wanted. Attending UCO has proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made!”

    • James Limbaugh '22
  • “The University of Central Oklahoma has provided me with many resources that have helped develop my academic and leadership skills, UCO puts an emphasis on student development and I am so grateful for that!“

    • Saul Perez '23
  • “Central provided a platform to learn innovative and transformative techniques to develop my academic and personal growth. The future is only so far away and UCO will help you tackle the adversities of tomorrow.”

    • De Shannon ‘22
  • “The University has provided a home away from home for me and my best friends to grow in our knowledge and leadership skills. I am confident that you can find a home here at Central too!”

    • Alexis Howry '23