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UCO Recognized as a Top School for Indigenous Students

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Aug. 12, 2022

Media Contact: Kyla Carter, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2127, 

UCO Recognized as a Top School for Indigenous Students

The University of Central Oklahoma has received special recognition on the 2022-23 Winds of Change Top 200 Colleges for Indigenous Students list, according to a recent national ranking by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). This recognition will be featured in the 2022-23 Winds of Change Special College Issue, an annual publication by AISES.

The Winds of Change Special College Issue is a resource for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians concentrating on science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines in higher education. 

Universities and colleges were assessed on degrees awarded, graduation rate, percentage of Indigenous students earning a STEM degree and the number of undergraduate students. Data sources include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the U.S. Department of Education. 

To help promote the retention, academic success and graduation rate of Native American students, Central designed the Native American Success Initiative (NASI), which allows students to tap into resources designed to help develop personally and professionally. The academic, social, cultural and psychological needs of Native American students are addressed through a variety of intentionally designed curricular and social programs.

The UCO Native American Student Association (NASA), a student organization that unites and represents the Native American student body, builds and strengthens awareness of culture, language and history within the Central community.

Additionally, Central supports the Native American Faculty and Staff Association (NAFSA), which advocates for efforts, programs and policies that promote an understanding of Native American issues within the university.

For more information about NASI, visit

For more information about AISES, visit