The Edmond Sun

September 16, 2013

U.S. News & World Report ranks UCO, OC

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Both Edmond universities were ranked in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of best universities in the western United states.

Oklahoma Christian University rose to 42nd in the region and second among Oklahoma schools in the “Best Regional Universities” category. This is the 15th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian. Last month, the Princeton Review again recognized Oklahoma Christian on its “Best in the West” list.

“OC’s reputation as a first-rate university is well-established, but it’s gratifying to be recognized for the great things happening here, especially as we make a high-quality Christian education affordable for talented students,” President John deSteiguer said.

The University of Central Oklahoma once again was ranked as the top public regional university in the state, according to the just-released 2014 Best Colleges list from U.S. News and World Report.   

Central ranks as No. 29 in the list of Tier One institutions in the “Top Public Schools: Regional Universities — West” category. Central ranks no. 75 in the overall list of regional universities in the west.   

UCO President Don Betz said the ranking affirms the university’s continued commitment to meeting the needs and aspirations of the region through collaborative partnerships and prepared graduates.

“We believe the critical ingredient for our success in Oklahoma is our people. To that end, we are committed to helping students learn and encouraging them to become creative problem solvers and engaged citizens,” Betz said.           

“I commend the dedication of our faculty, staff and students for enhancing the reputation of this great university as we continue to re-imagine higher education and create transformative learning opportunities.”

U.S. News and World Report releases its list of Best Colleges annually. They divide their regional universities into four categories: North, South, Midwest and West. U.S. News defines regional universities in its list as offering “a full range of undergrad programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs.”

According to information provided on their website, the rankings are developed using a combination of the institution’s own responses to the U.S. News and World Report statistical survey, information from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, and information gathered in assessments from administrators at peer institutions. Factors that go into the ranking include retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

UCO is the state’s largest metropolitan university, serving more than 17,000 students pursuing degrees in 115 undergraduate and 59 graduate major areas of study and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

Almost 60 percent of OC’s student body comes from Oklahoma or from neighboring Texas, with significant numbers of students also coming from Kansas, Colorado, California and the Pacific Northwest. Overall, Oklahoma Christian attracts students from all 50 states and almost 50 countries.

The last nine years have featured OC’s nine highest enrollments ever, including a record 2,424 students this fall. Oklahoma Christian has more than 30 National Merit Finalists enrolled, the most per capita of all Church of Christ universities.

FOR MORE information on the U.S. News and World Report 2014 Best Colleges, visit