Campus Tour Script
Nigh University Center Welcome to the Nigh University Center, named after former Oklahoma Governor and UCOs former President George Nigh. The University center, which everyone calls the UC, is grand central station & your one-stop-shop. As a student you can take care of most of your UCO business needs in the UC.
1St Floor Transfer Student Support: This office offers support to students wishing to transfer to Central. Students may stop in for a quick question or make an appointment to visit with a transfer counselor to review their college transcripts. The transfer counselors also work with the local community colleges recruiting transfer students. Transfer students typically make up 50% of UCO’s incoming students.
Admissions and Enrollment: This will be your first stop as a student when getting admitted. This is the office you will be turning in your high school transcripts, ACT scores and others things like concurrent enrollment application. This is also where you come to add or drop classes in person, and to get copies of your official transcript. The office houses our freshman recruitment team who travel across Oklahoma visiting high schools, attending college fairs & meeting prospective students. Admission counselors also work in this area reviewing students’ applications & admitting those students to Central.
Academic Advisement: All freshmen & transfers are required to meet with an academic advisor before enrolling in classes for the first time. This office is great resource to keep you on track for graduation; especially if you decide to change your major a few times.
Self-Service Computers: Available for you to check your email, class listings, finish enrolling and other things through UCOnnect.
Office of First Year Experience: This office oversees our Enrollment Central summer programs. It’s an opportunity for incoming students to come back on campus in the summer to meet with their academic advisor, enroll in classes & wrap up any loose ends before classes begin. Academic placement tests are also offered here. This is where you will receive your student ID which is essential. It will hold your meal plans, allows you to check out books in the library, and gets you into sporting events for free & into the wellness center. FYE provides a great freshman transition class called Success Central; this class provides guidance & assistance for students navigating their first semester of college life.
Bursar’s/Cashier’s Office: This is where you will pay anything on your account like tuition and other school fees. The office accepts cash, check or PIN debit cards. You can pay online with echeck, credit card, debit card or Broncho spirit card.
International Office & Center for Global Competency: This office assists our international student. We have over 1,500 students from 108 different countries. The Center for Global Competency oversees our Study Abroad Programs. You can spend a semester at a university in another country & earn college credit for your degree.
Financial Aid: This office receives your FAFSA results & applies grants, federal & state aid to your account along with scholarships and loans. They are willing to help you out with any questions you have, no appointment is needed.
Broncho Stamp & Post: Full service postal office. Mail boxes are for Murdaugh, West Hall, and off campus students.
Print Central: Our on-campus “Kinkos”. They provide an affordable way to make copies, send faxes, and have documents enlarged or bound.
UCOSA & UCO Student Org. Office: Great way to get involved in student government like the Senate or the House. Central has over 250 student organizations to get involved with as a student!
2nd Floor VSLC (Volunteer and Service Learning Center): Service in the community is core to UCO as a university. This office provides numerous ways to get plugged into the community by volunteering your time. Report your volunteer hours to the office & they will keep a record of those hours for you to add to your resume at graduation. The UCO Central Pantry is housed in the VSLC offices; it opened in November of 2012 as the first pantry of its kind on a collegiate campus in Oklahoma. Its mission is to provide UCO students, faculty and staff with a means of obtaining the food necessary to ensure a healthy diet.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion: Recognizes and celebrates the diverse culture of UCO. They advise seven student organizations which include the Asian American, Black, Hispanic and Native American Student Association as well as the Gospel Choir and WOMEN. Along with these organizations, they host programs such as Multicultural Student Orientation, the Family Mentor Program, Asian Moon Festival, BSA Step Show, Hispanic Heritage Month, Pow-wows, and other events to expand students’ cultural horizons and perspectives.
Outakes: Quick-stop to grab a drink and snack on your way to class. Cash, debit and Flex dollars (which are tax free) can be used here.
Legends Restaurant: This is UCO’s fine-dining option on campus. Choose from a gourmet-style buffet or a menu serving pasta, burgers, appetizers & sandwiches.
Mid First Bank: Coming Soon…this will be a full service bank offering all banking needs for students & families.
Express Food Court: Renovated in the summer of 2009, contains a variety of places to choose from to eat: Mama Leone’s (Italian) Chick-Fil-A, Quiznos, Chef Yan Can Cook (Chinese) & Flatire Burgers. Cash, credit & Flex dollars are accepted here.
Starbucks & Computer Lab: A full service Starbucks so you can get your favorite specialty drink just like any other Starbucks; Flex dollars are also accepted here too. The computer lab is open until 2:00 am with free printing for students.
(Before going outside talk about 3rd & 4th floor of building)
3rd Floor Transportation Parking Services: Where students can pick up parking decal. There is plenty of alternate transportation option to choose from: Bum-A-Bike, Citylink Transit (free Edmond bus service), Car Pooling & Connect By Hertz.
Disability Supports Services: This department does a great job assisting students with physical or learning disabilities.
Career Services: Students can meet with a career counselor, take career assessment tests, get connected to internships as well as job resources.
4th Floor Campus Activities: This office coordinates many campus-wide programs such as New Student Orientation, Stampede Week, Homecoming, concerts & Winter Glow just to name a few. Family members of UCO students can get involved with our Parent & Family programs to participate in Parent Orientation, Sibs weekend & special parent visitation weekends. Central’s Violence Prevention Office is also housed on the 4th floor.
Fraternity and Sorority Life: Going Greek is a great way to get involved on campus! UCO offers 4 Pan-Hellenic sororities, 6 IFC fraternities, 8 NPHC sororities and fraternities, and 1 National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations chapter (NALFO). NPHC is the governing body of the historically African American fraternities and sororities.
Counseling Center: Sometimes students face challenges & the Counselor Center is available to offer support & encouragement. Fully licensed counselors offer services that are free & confidential.
OUTSIDE Thatcher Hall: Was built in the 1930's by the WPA as a federally funded work project in the midst of the Great Depression. Named after first President Richard Thatcher, this building consists of Academic Support Center which is where CLEP tests, ASD placement tests & the residual ACT are offered. A tutoring and a writing center is also available as well as UCO’s Army & Air force ROTC programs. Many scholarships are available to ROTC students & after graduation when the student begins their military career they will begin as an officer. Many business professors’ offices are located here.
Human Environment Sciences: Or HES, holds classes for nutrition, dietetics, family & child development and fashion marketing & industrial safety. Central Station is a small café where nutrition & dietetics students get hands on experience running a restaurant. They make the best smoothies & brownies on campus!
Center for Transformative Learning: New cutting edge facility with digital marker boards, live web boards & interactive classroom style that gives a hands-on experience. Professors integrate the latest teaching trends. New office space for professors, state-of-the art study rooms, a recycle room, and Office of Research and Grants which work to lower student’s tuition and add scholarships. Classes are offered in this building from every academic college, not just one academic field.
Liberal Arts Building: Most general education classes- English, foreign languages, history, humanities and also houses Pegasus Theatre.
Business Building: Business majors, accounting, management, marketing, pro-golf management & international business. We have the only business program in the state to have won multiple Professor the Year awards in the past five years. We are the only university in the country accredited by the PGA for our Pro Golf Management program. We offer the only professional selling major (and minor) in the state and one of only a handful in the US.
Communications Building: Vista newspaper, broadcasting, journalism. We have 2 radio stations & a TV station- one of the only programs in the state where students can go live on the air. We now have a mass com master’s program! Starting Fall 2012.
Art Building: Our art majors can enjoy classes in: drawing, sculpting, visual arts, interior design, graphic arts, MAC lab and the Melton art gallery has shows year-round. We have a very strong 4-yr graphic art program & interior design program.
Buddy’s Dining Hall: (Go Inside)... Lots of a meal options for on-campus and off-campus students. 5.4 million dollars in renovation to Buddy’s and Broncho Sports Grill in the summer of 2008. The pickiest eater can always find something to eat here.
HOUSING West Hall: Traditional style residence hall for women with community style bathrooms. A huge community that is very close knit with programs like Strangers in the Night as well as Mr. West Hall. Each housing options has a RA (Resident Advisor) staff to oversee the halls & offer support to the residents.
Murdaugh Hall: Traditional style residence hall for men with community style bathrooms with a very tightly knit community and a lot of fun with programs like The Murdaugh Haunted House. Each housing options has a RA (Resident Advisor) staff to oversee the halls & offer support to the residents.
University Suites: This residence hall has features like a bathroom in each suite, carpet, heat & air unit in each room, as well as Broncho Sports Grill. Programs like University Suites Beach Bash. Floor plans: Double Occupancy– one room with two beds & bathroom. Quad Occupancy– 2 rooms sharing a connecting bathroom with 2 sinks, 2 showers, and 1 toilet & 2 beds in each room. University Commons: Apartment style living but on campus! Fully-furnished; more independent that the other residence halls but not recommended for incoming freshmen. Floor plans: 4 bed 2 bath OR 2 bed 2 bath
Central Plaza: Two queen sized beds, two closets, 1 bath as well as their own cafeteria in the residence hall. This is a renovated hotel, so that’s how the rooms are set up!
International House: This is the first and only International house in the state of Oklahoma. The house facilitates global engagement and intercultural proficiencies by bring together Central’s students, staff, and community. This house will serve as a venue for the university and outside groups to host programs and events.
Hamilton Field House: Where basketball, volleyball and wrestling competitions are held. There is also a swimming pool available for exercise. This is also where Central’s graduation ceremonies are held.
Wantland Stadium: This is where the football games are held and the tailgating beforehand! We play teams like Southeastern, NSU, and Texas A&M-Commerce. Also this is where Wake up in Wantland is held each year.
Wellness Center: Student work out facility. We have a Mercy Health Clinic located here, with doctors and nurses hired through Mercy. They accept a variety of health insurances, services are convenient & affordable. No monthly membership because students work out for free and use the weight room, indoor track & basketball courts.
Max Chambers Library: Welcome to Chambers Library. On 4th floor, the library has journals, newspapers, magazines, and also movies and music. On 3rd floor, you'll find most of our books (almost a million volumes total) and 6 quiet study rooms. The 2nd floor has the Archives, for special and rare materials, and the Government Information department. First floor has the Reference department and Circulation, the New Books reading area, the Library Café, and a computer lab open until 2 a.m. The library has over 100 public computers, as well as laptops that students can check out and use in the library for up to 4 hours. Any time the library is open, you can contact a librarian with your questions, either in person on 1st floor, or by phone, email, chat or text message from the website. During the semester the library has great hours, 7:30 to 2 a.m. Mon-Thurs and until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Education Building: Houses education & psychology dept. Top education program in the state. One of the very few institutions to have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for over 50 years. ~Show small classroom (Room 111, seats 40) ~Show large class room (biggest class they will be in at UCO except lessons in leadership) (Room 101, seats 86) ~Average class size: 26 students ~Students to professor ratio: 19 to 1 ~Almost every class is taught by a professor, not a grad student and 72% of UCO professors hold their doctorate in their area of study.
UCO Police Department: 18 full fledged police officers (not just security guards) are on duty. They offer programs like the safe walk program and will assist students who lock their keys in their cars or other mishaps. Extremely low crime rate on campus. The blue call boxes on campus for unsafe situations. UCO has the “Central Alert” program where students & parents can receive notification through email or text messages. The Central Alert program is used to notify students of tornado warnings, school closings, or other important information.
Old North: This building represents the beginning of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. Central was founded in 1890 with 25 students, before Oklahoma even became a state. Our first classes started in 1891; our first name was the “Territorial Normal School of Oklahoma.” The term “normal” represents a teacher’s college and we began instructing students how to become teachers. Over the last few years structural damage to the building has been repaired and Old North has been renovated. The university is currently raising funds to complete the interior work, so that the building may be used again. The new space added on to Old North will hold five state of the art classrooms for all students across campus, faculty and staff offices, and the President’s Office. We’ve had six different names, but are going to stick with the University of Central Oklahoma.
Lillard Administration Building: Administrative offices- The President’s office, Dr. Don Betz, is housed here along with some of the vice presidents, human resources, & Leadership Central. UCO was the first college in Oklahoma to offer a minor in Leadership. Great way to make your resume shine when looking for a job after graduation. Evans Hall: Home of the UCO alumni museum & UCO Foundation Office which raise money for campus, great study area. Also has classes for graphic design program-UCO College of Graphic Design has won more awards than any other design college in the nation. Plunkett Park: Open-air concerts, intramural sports.
Music Building: Music majors, orchestra, choir, marching band, private lessons.
Y-Chapel of Song: Built in 1934 by UCO art students. Non-denominational chapel open 24 hrs a day for student use. Used for campus ministry activities. Chapel can also be used for weddings.
Labyrinth: Heartland Plaza is the future site for the permanent labyrinth at UCO. A walking labyrinth provides space for an interactive meditation & inner reflection. A world renowned labyrinth artist will be creating the UCO labyrinth; completion date is expected in May 2013.
Howell Hall: Houses biology, physics & chemistry departments. Mention old vs. new sides of building. The Engineering & Physics Department at UCO offers the only ABET-accredited Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering program in the state of Oklahoma and the surrounding states. (ABET stands for Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, i.e. the industry gold standard for approved engineering programs)
Wantland Hall/Health & PE: Dance, aerobics, PE, intramural sports, kinesiology and we even have classes like inline skating.
Mitchel Hall: Mitchell Hall has been recently renovated. We have a great music theatre, jazz band, gospel choir & dance company. All productions are discounted to students. UCO also has a state of art Jazz Lab located on 5th & Boulevard next to Hideaway pizza.
Math and Computer Science Building: Math and computer science departments are housed in this building. Free math tutoring is available!
Coyner Health Sciences Building: This building houses our strong nursing & funeral services department. We are the only school in Oklahoma to offer a funeral services major. UCO was the first college to offer FS as a BA degree; only 7 programs are offered in the US. Students in the funeral program take classes in chemistry, anatomy, business, marketing & psychology. Nursing program is a 4-yr bachelors of science program. We offer bachelor programs for RNs & LPNs.
Forensic Science Institute: State of the art building & a world-class Institute dedicated to quality forensic science education, training, and research for students and professionals. The chair of the program, Dr. Dwight Adams was a member of the FBI’s research team that developed the DNA techniques first used in 1988. The Forensic Science Institute is not only used for students but also used to teach police officers & scientists how to utilize DNA and other techniques in order to solve crime. Our faculty has over 300 combined years of experiences in law enforcement and forensics. Our program is set up as a dual or double major; students will receive a degree in forensics & another degree in the area of their choice. The only program in Oklahoma & one of the top programs nationally.
Updated April 23, 2013