Central Profile

The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
Central offers an innovative learning community where teaching comes first and students develop personal relationships with faculty and staff, like 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year, Dr. Wei Chen, who are committed to transforming lives.  With 116 undergraduate majors and 55 graduate programs, UCO is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success.  Notable academic programs include the state’s only master’s degrees in Jazz Studies and Athletic Training and bachelor’s degrees in dance education, humanities, actuarial science and creative writing. Additionally, UCO is home to premiere programs in Forensic Science, Education, Music Theatre, Mass Communication, and the new Academy of Contemporary Music, which opened in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district in Fall 2009.
Central’s appealing 210-acre campus is on track to become a certified botanical garden, offering both a pleasing learning and living environment and a source of pride for students, employees and alumni. UCO has been ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life and as one of the top five universities to work for. UCO is also a recognized leader nationally for its sustainable and “green” practices, making the campus beautiful and efficient.
Central keeps the community entertained with live music every week at the popular UCO Jazz Lab and concerts and theatrical performances at Mitchell Hall Theater from students and the Broadway Tonight series, as well as engaging athletic events from the Broncho men’s and women’s teams.
Founded in 1890, Central is the state’s oldest public institution of higher learning, and with an enrollment of more than 16,000, is also Oklahoma’s third largest university.  Central continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community and Civility each day.