List of colleges and universities in Oklahoma

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The following is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Oklahoma.

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State universities

Cameron University

Cameron University is a four-year, state-funded university, located in Lawton, Oklahoma, that offers more than 50 degrees through two-year, four-year, and graduate programs. The degree programs emphasize the liberal arts, science and technology, and graduate and professional studies. It began in 1908, right after Oklahoma became a state, as one of six agricultural high schools, and has continued to grow in importance and size from that time.

Lawton, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma

The city of Lawton is the county seat of Comanche County, in the State of Oklahoma. Located in southwestern Oklahoma, about 87 mi (140 km) southwest of Oklahoma City, it is the principal city of the Lawton, Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census, Lawton's population was 96,867, making it the fifth-largest city in the state.

East Central University

East Central University is a public, co-educational teaching university in Ada, in the south central region of Oklahoma. East Central one of the six universities that are part of Oklahoma's Regional University System. Beyond its flagship campus is Ada, the university has courses available in McAlester, Shawnee, Ardmore, and Durant, as well as online courses. Nearly 4,500 students are enrolled in the school's undergraduate and graduate programs. Founded as East Central State Normal School in 1909, its present name was adopted in 1985. Some of its more famous alumni include former NFL player Mark Gastineau, past governors Robert S. Kerr and George Nigh, former U.S. Representative Lyle Boren, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert, and U.S. Army General James D. Thurman.

State colleges

Carl Albert State College (CASC) is a community college in southeastern Oklahoma. Originally named Poteau Junior College, it was founded in 1933, and its name changed to Poteau Community College in the early 1950s. In 1971, it was renamed in honor of then Speaker of the House Carl Albert. Its primary campus is located in Poteau, Oklahoma, but has a smaller campus in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. It enrolls approximately 3,300 students annually with a student-faculty ratio of about 15-1.

Poteau, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Poteau is a city in, and county seat of, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 8,520 as of the 2010 census.

Connors State College is a public college located in Warner and Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Tribal colleges

Weatherford, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Weatherford is a city in Custer County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 10,833 at the 2010 census.

College of the Muscogee Nation

College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN) is a public two-year American Indian tribal college, located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the capital of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Independent colleges and universities

Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities (OICU)

The Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities (OICU) is the only statewide organization that serves exclusively the interest of independent higher education within the state of Oklahoma. The Presidents of the accredited institutions in Oklahoma organized the Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities in 1981. Members include:

Bacone College

Bacone College, formerly Bacone Indian University, is a private four-year liberal arts college in Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States. Founded in 1880 as the Indian University by Almon C. Bacone, Bacone College is the oldest continuously operated institution of higher education in Oklahoma. The college has strong historic ties to various tribal nations, including the Cherokee Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and also to the American Baptist Churches USA.

Muskogee, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Muskogee is a city in and the county seat of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. Home to Bacone College, it lies approximately 48 miles southeast of Tulsa. The population of the city was 39,223 as of the 2010 census, a 2.4 percent increase from 38,310 at the 2000 census, making it the eleventh-largest city in Oklahoma.

Moore, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Moore is a city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States, and is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The population was 55,081 at the 2010 census, making Moore the 7th largest city in the state of Oklahoma.

Other colleges and universities

Columbia College, also known as Columbia College of Missouri, is a private non-profit independent liberal arts and sciences college based in Columbia, Missouri, United States. It was founded in 1851 as a nonsectarian college but it has retained a covenant with the Christian Church since its inception. In addition to its main campus in Columbia the college operates 40 extended campuses in 14 U.S states and one in Cuba, with 18 of them directly on U.S. military bases to help serve the one in three Columbia students associated with the military.

Fort Sill military base

Fort Sill, Oklahoma is a United States Army post north of Lawton, Oklahoma, about 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. It covers almost 94,000 acres (38,000 ha).

Shawnee, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Shawnee is a city in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 31,543 in 2014, a 4.9 percent increase from 28,692 at the 2000 census. The city is part of the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area; it is also the county seat of Pottawatomie County and the principal city of the Shawnee Micropolitan Statistical Area.

See also


  1. "Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) Profiles." Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine .AIHEC. (retrieved 27 Dec 2010)
  2. Ruckman, S. E. "Hundreds enroll in state's tribal colleges." Tulsa World. 8 July 2007 (retrieved 27 Dec 2010)

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