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UCO Again Named 'Top Public Regional University' in Oklahoma in US News and World Report's 'Best Colleges' 2019 Rankings

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Sept. 11, 2018

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UCO Again Named ‘Top Public Regional University’ in Oklahoma in US News and World Report’s ‘Best Colleges’ 2019 Rankings

The University of Central Oklahoma remains among the top colleges and universities in the nation, once again ranking as the top public regional university in the state on the 2019 Best Colleges list from U.S. News & World Report.

UCO ranked No. 24 in the list of Tier One institutions in the “Top Public Schools: Regional Universities - West” category and No. 77 in the overall list of regional universities in the west.

UCO President Don Betz said the rankings recognize the university’s ongoing commitment to providing students with transformative education experiences.

“We are honored that our peers in the West again have recognized our continued dedication to student success and community development,” Betz said.

 “Our mission to prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders would not be made possible without the tireless efforts of UCO’s faculty and staff.”

U.S. News & World Report releases its list of Best Colleges annually. Regional Universities are divided into four categories: North, South, Midwest, and West and are defined by U.S. News as universities that offer “a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs.”

According to U.S. News, rankings for the Best Colleges list are determined based on key indicators, gathered using a combination of the institution’s own responses to the U.S. News & World Report statistical survey, information from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and information gathered in assessments from peer institutions. These key indicators include graduate and retention rates for students, undergraduate academic reputation, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving rates.

With strong connections throughout the Oklahoma City metro, the University of Central Oklahoma is dedicated to developing in students the confidence to succeed through transformative learning experiences. Founded in 1890, Central connects its nearly 16,000 students to unmatched value found in 121 undergraduate areas of study and 76 graduate programs from its main campus in Edmond and facilities throughout the metro area.  The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Cutline: U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the University of Central Oklahoma as the top public regional university in the state in the publication’s just-released 2019 Best Colleges list.