The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in Edmond, a part of the thriving Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
Under the leadership of President Don Betz, Central offers an innovative learning community to its more than 17,000 students, where teaching comes first, a commitment seeded in the university's roots as a teaching college. Students at Central develop personal relationships with more than 450 full time and 400 adjunct 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 58 graduate programs, Central is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success. Notable academic programs include Forensic Science, Music Theatre, Mass Communications, Accounting, the region's only accredited Professional Golf Management program, Jazz Studies, and the new Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district. Central is also the nation's only university named an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and hosted the 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships on campus.
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. In fact, Central is ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life and as one of the top universities to work for by the "Chronicle of Higher Education". The university is also a recognized leader nationally for its sustainable and "green" practices, like its use of 100% wind energy and alternative transportation programs, like the state's only car-share program and the Bum-a-Bike initiative, making the campus both beautiful and efficient. The university is an official "Green Power Partner" of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Founded in 1890, Central is the state's first public institution of higher learning, and continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community, and Civility each day.
The University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Higher Learning Commissions of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.