UCO TOPS IN HOUSING SATISFACTION
UCO ranked number one in resident satisfaction among 79 peer universities in a recent survey conducted by the Association of College and University Housing Officers International.
UCO is home to the innovative Lessons in Leadership class where local, regional and national leaders share their experiences each week with UCO students, preparing them to be future leaders in their communities after graduation.
THE PERFECT CHEER
Central's cheerleading squad has proven it is the best in the nation in 2012, bringing home a national title for the ninth time in ten years! The squad won back-to-back national titles at the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 National Cheerleading Association competitions.
TOP PRODUCER OF FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS
Central stands out among Oklahoma universities as a top producer of Fulbright scholars in the United States. As the only institution in Oklahoma and one of 29 master’s institutions nationwide recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Central further secured its spot among the top universities in the nation.
UCO is an official training site for the U.S. Paralympics, with the men's and women's national sitting volleyball teams training on campus, along with Paralympic track and archery athletes.
KINGS OF THE MAT
The UCO Wrestling Team scored their 15th national championship title in 2007 at the NCAA Division II tournament, with team member Kyle Evans winning the individual national title.
SCHOOL OF ROCK
UCO alumnus and manager of The Flaming Lips Scott Booker is the Executive Director for the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, the only American affiliate of the original academy outside of London.
HERE TO SERVE
UCO's Volunteer Service Learning Center encourages community service as an integral part of our students' education. Projects like the 'Style Your Sole' event with TOMS shoes instill a love of service in UCO students.
ALL THAT JAZZ
The UCO Jazz Lab is voted the best place in the Oklahoma City Metro Area for live jazz music by various surveys, and is home to the renowned Jazz Studies program.
BEST IN THE WEST
Central ranks as the top public regional university in the state according to the list of 2013 Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Central is number 72 in the list of Tier One institutions in the "Regional Universities: West" category, moving up from number 81 in 2012.
LEADING THE WAY IN FORENSIC SCIENCE
Built in 2009, Central’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute (FSI) is recognized as one of the top forensic science programs in the nation. The institute’s director, Dwight Adams, Ph.D., is the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Laboratory. Additionally, students can earn a master’s in forensic science, the only degree program of its kind in the state, from the FSI at Central. Central is also home to the first forensics honor society in the nation.
AWARD-WINNING DESIGN STUDENTS
Central design students earned four national ADDY awards in 2011, the most among any institution of higher learning in the country. In 2012, the American Advertising Foundation also awarded Central students with 59 ADDYS at the Oklahoma City awards, earning Central the coveted "Braggy" award, given to the university with the most student winners.
A 'GREAT COLLEGE TO WORK FOR'
Central has been named to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s "Great Colleges to Work For" list four years in a row, recognizing the university’s collaborative governance, professional and career development, teaching environment, work and life balance, confidence in senior leadership, supervisor and department chair relationship, tenure and clarity process, and more.
EPA GREEN POWER LEADERSHIP AWARD
Central knows how to go green! The university was one of only ten organizations nationwide to receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Leadership Award in 2011, recognizing the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.
CARING ABOUT HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Health and wellness is an important part of the university's mission. In July 2010, the Central campus became tobacco-free. Former Central President W. Roger Webb enacted the University of Central Oklahoma Student Association’s vote supporting a tobacco-free campus. Central is also "Healthy Workplace" certified by the Oklahoma Department of Health.
PGA GOLF MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Central has one of only 20 golf management programs in the country that is accredited by the Professional Golfers' Association of America, and the only PGA-accredited program in Oklahoma.
NATIONALLY RENOWNED PROFESSORS
Central's Wei Chen, Ph.D., assistant dean of the College of Mathematics and Science, was named the U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 2008. Mickey Hepner, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business Administration, was honored as the 2007 Oklahoma Professor of the Year. Robert Terrell, Ed.D, professor of accounting, was named the Oklahoma Professor of the Year in 2008. Chen was also named 2012 Educator of the Year by the International Society for Optics and Photonics.
CENTRAL GOES GREEN
In addition to receiving the EPA Green Power Leadership Award and multiple Keep Oklahoma Beautiful awards, Central’s Forensic Science Institute was the first higher education building in Oklahoma to receive LEED certification for its green design and construction. Central also recently developed a biodiesel fuel program with the production capacity to power many of the diesel engines on campus.
2012 SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Central third baseman Kacie Edwards was the 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division II South Central Region Player of the Year. Edwards set single-season school records for hits (70) and runs batted in (73) while batting .458 with 17 home runs and nine doubles. Edwards also lead Division II in runs batter in and ranks in the top 10 homers and slugging percentage.
2012 MEN’S GOLF PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Central golfer Josh Creel was the 2012 individual national champion in Division II men’s golf and was named the 2012 Division II Player of the Year.
NATIONAL AND STATE PAGEANT WINNERS
Many national and state pageant winners have attended Central, including Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007; Ryan Tully McLaughlin, Mrs. Oklahoma United States 2007; Heather Dahle Ruba, Mrs. Oklahoma America 2009; Emoly West, Miss Oklahoma 2010; Claudia Williamson, Miss Black Oklahoma 2012; Evey Exantus, Miss Black Oklahoma 2010; Alyssa Baldwin Siler, Mrs. Oklahoma America 2010; and Simone Goelz, Mrs. Oklahoma United States 2012.
BRAKING FOR BICYCLES
Central is the only institution in Oklahoma to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University, having earned an honorable mention recognition from the League of American Bicyclists. The Bum-A-Bike program at Central allows the Central community to “bum” a bike free of charge.
STORM READY UNIVERSITY
The National Weather Service recently designated Central as a “StormReady University,” recognizing the institution for its established severe weather preparedness procedures.
PIONEERS OF ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION
Central is a leader in providing alternative transportation options to its community. Central was the first university in the state to offer Connect by Hertz, a rental car share program, to its students, faculty, and staff.
URBAN TEACHER PREPARATION ACADEMY
Central houses the Urban Teacher Preparation Academy, a program that trains and places students who have expressed interest in teaching in high-need schools in urban settings.
PARTNERSHIP WITH SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
Central students are able to earn a Ph.D. from Swansea University in Wales, U.K., through a groundbreaking partnership between Swansea and Central. UCO faculty members supervise student research, making it easy for working students to participate in the program.
OKLAHOMA A+ SCHOOLS
Located on Central’s campus, Oklahoma A+ Schools is the state’s only research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner by providing schools with ongoing professional development, an intricate network of support, and an active research component conducted by university professors.
HELPING TO GROW SMALL BUSINESSES
Central’s Small Business Development Center is an invaluable resource to both new and established small businesses, providing training seminars and meeting spaces in it’s three locations: downtown Oklahoma City, Edmond, and Norman.
NEWMAN CIVIC FELLOWS
Central has produced two Newman Civic Fellows: Austin Hula was one of 135 college students honored nationally in 2010, and Susan Phares was one of 160 students honored nationally in 2011.
WORLD SITTING VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Central hosted men’s and women’s national teams from 26 countries spanning five continents for the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships, marking the first time the event was held in the U.S.
UCO RECOGNIZED FOR INNOVATION
The National Association of College and University Business Officers continues to recognize Central with its national awards, including Innovation awards in 2007 for its sustainability program, in 2010 for its partnership with the Mercy Health System and in 2011 for its “lean processes.”