FAQ

ADMISSIONS / TRANSFER


ENROLLMENT / REGISTRATION


FINANCIAL AID / SCHOLARSHIPS / FEE PAYMENT


GRADUATION / DEGREE CHECKS


TEACHER EDUCATION

WHAT IS A SEMINAR?

A seminar is a regular course not listed in the catalog but experimentally being offered until it can become a UCO course officially. The credit earned in a seminar counts toward the 124 hours needed for graduation.


WHAT IS AN INSTITUTE?

An institute is a course condensed in a short period of time generally dealing with current topics in the field, updates on current thought or specialized areas of a larger topic, etc. Institutes carry 1-3 hours of credit, award letter grades and generally require outside readings or papers.


WHAT IS A WORKSHOP?

Workshops are short courses (one to two weeks in length) normally involve a lecture, films, guest speakers, etc. Workshops receive a pass/fail grades and normally require little or no outside reading or activity. No more than 6 hours of workshop credit may apply to a bachelor's degree.


HOW CAN I GET IN A CLOSED CLASS?

Most closed classes cannot exceed the allowable limit and students should select an alternative course.  Only the academic department offering the course can allow students into a closed class.  Each semester we communicate with the departments on campus to determine their policy on closed classes and make that information available to students in the Advisement Center. 
Written permission from the chairman of the department offering the course is required for enrollment in a closed class.   Departments may also enter permission codes on the computer to allow students to enroll via Uconnect.


HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHEN A SPECIFIC COURSE WILL BE OFFERED NEXT?

Check with the academic department offering the course.


HOW DO I WITHDRAW FROM ALL CLASSES (COMPLETELY WITHDRAW) ?How to Withdraw from a Class

Withdrawal prior to the first day of the term can be done on the web

Once classes begin, students cannot completely withdraw from all classes on the web. This action must be done in person at the Enrollment Center or by FAX.

To withdraw in person:  Obtain a Withdrawal Form from the Enrollment Services office, obtain the required signature approvals from Financial Aid (even if you are not receiving financial aid) and the Bursar’s office. Then take the form to Enrollment Services (Registration). You are not withdrawn until you receive a new printout from Enrollment Services (Registration) that shows the withdrawal has been processed. Do not leave the withdrawal form in any other office. Withdrawal prior to the first day of the term can be done on the web.

International students with an F-1 and/or J-1 student visa status must also check with the International Office, (405) 974-2390, before attempting to withdraw. Athletes should check with the NCAA Compliance Officer, (405) 974-2310, in the Enrollment Services office.

To withdraw via fax:  Make a legible photocopy of your photo-bearing drivers license or other official photo-bearing documents.  Then write your request to completely withdraw on this copy.  Make sure you include your full name, your ID number, and the semester from which you're withdrawing.  Then fax this document to Enrollment Services at (405) 974-3841. You are not withdrawn until you receive a new printout from Enrollment Services (Registration) that shows the withdrawal has been processed.  Please be aware that during heavy enrollment traffic times of the year, a fax withdrawal may take several days to process, resulting in the withdrawal occurring after the no-refund deadline, and resulting in the student being charged for courses.


WHEN IS COMMENCEMENT?

Commencement ceremonies are held two times a year. In the fall, two ceremonies are held on the Saturday following final exam week. In Spring, two ceremonies are held on Friday afternoon/evening of final exam week and three ceremonies are held on Saturday following final exams. UCO does not have a summer commencement ceremony. Students graduating in the summer semester may attend spring commencement ceremonies.


WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR GRADUATION?

By then last day to pay fees for the semester in which you plan to graduate. However, students graduating in the summer semester must apply for graduation by the last day to pay fees for the spring semester.


HOW DO I APPLY FOR GRADUATION?

Undergraduates apply in the Graduation Support Services Office, NUC 121 (for undergraduate degrees).  Click here for additional information and an online application for graduation for undergraduate students. 
Graduate students apply in the Jackson College of Graduate Studies office, 4th Floor, Nigh University Center.


HOW MANY HOURS WILL IT TAKE TO EARN A DEGREE?

A minimum of 124 hours are required for a bachelor degree. Master degrees require a minimum of 32 graduate hours but some programs will require as many as 45 graduate hours.


HOW MANY HOURS WILL COUNT FROM A COMMUNITY COLLEGE?

It varies depending upon the exact courses and the number of courses taken at the community college level. Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at a senior level (bachelor's granting) institution. Thus, a student may take 70 hours at the community college, and all of these hours may transfer to the senior college, and all 70 hours may apply toward the degree, but the student still is required to take the 60 additional hours at the senior institution. Thus this student's program is effectively 130 hours.

The ideal student takes only 64 fully applicable and transferable credit hours at the community college, and then completes 60 at the senior college for a total of 124 hours. This ideal situation rarely exists.

HOW CAN I QUALIFY FOR IN-STATE TUITION 

Prospective students are classified as in-state or out-of-state residents for admission and tuition purposes based on information provided on the application for admission and the applicant’s academic history. Programs having enrollment limits may give priority admission or class enrollment preference to Oklahoma residents.

All students, except bona fide residents of Oklahoma, must pay nonresident tuition in addition to other enrollment fees and must meet nonresident admission criteria. Members of the Armed Services stationed in Oklahoma and their dependents are eligible to apply for a waiver of out-of-state tuition. They remain classified as nonresidents and subject to nonresident admission criteria.  

Any applicant presenting a transcript of credit from an educational institution outside of Oklahoma will be assumed to be a nonresident. It is the responsibility of each applicant to submit any questions about residence status to the Office of Enrollment Services. A uniform policy concerning residence status exists for all state-supported institutions of higher education in Oklahoma.

An information sheet and petition to determine residency may be obtained from the Office of Enrollment Services.


DOES UCO HAVE EVENING CLASSES ? WEEKEND CLASSES? 8 WEEK SEMESTERS?

UCO offers all three options. The evening program is quite extensive with some 7000 evening students. There are a few week end courses and a number of eight week course offerings during the regular sixteen week semester. Check with the academic department for specific offerings.


WHAT KINDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS DOES UCO OFFER?

UCO offers extensive scholarship opportunities. You can inquire at the Office for Undergraduate Admissions in the Nigh University Center, room 124, (405)-974-2727, or go the Scholarship web page at http://www.uco.edu/scholarships/


IF I HAVE AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE, WILL ALL MY HOURS TRANSFER?

A student transferring to UCO with an associate of arts or an associate of science degree from an Oklahoma state institution is considered to have completed the core general education requirements for a UCO bachelor's degree. Applicability of courses toward the degree will vary depending on the specific program where you intend to earn the bachelor degree.   A good source for information of course transferability is the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Transfer Matrix.


DO I HAVE TO HAVE AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE TO TRANSFER TO UCO?

No. You will need to see an academic advisor to determine applicability of your transfer courses toward your program at UCO.


HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING A JOB ON CAMPUS?

Student job offerings and student employment are coordinated through the UCO Human Resources Department, AD 204, 974-2366. This office posts lists of positions available in departments around campus online.


WHAT MAJORS DOES UCO OFFER?

UCO awards seven bachelor degrees and offers 130 options in 60 undergraduate programs of study. We also offer five degrees for graduate programs in 23 areas covering 45 options. A listing of majors can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog respectively. A copy of undergraduate majors may be obtained at the Academic Advisement Office in the Nigh University Center, room 121 and a copy of graduate programs may be obtained in the Jackson College of Graduate Studies office in the Nigh University Center, room 404.


WHERE DO I FIND OUT ABOUT ENDORSEMENTS/ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATES?

The University of Central Oklahoma Teacher Education Services is located in the Education
Building, Room 207, telephone (405) 974-5710.


HOW MANY HOURS DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION ?

45 hours


WHEN DO I APPLY FOR AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE CHECK?

After completion of 70 hours.


IF I ALREADY HAVE A DEGREE AND WANT TO PURSUE CERTIFICATION, WHOM DO I SEE?

The University of Central Oklahoma Teacher Education Services is located in the Education Building, Room 207, telephone (405) 974-5710.   Information can be found on the College of Education teacher certification web page.


WHAT IS THE GPA REQUIREMENT FOR ADMISSION INTO PROFESSIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION?

2.75 GPA is required in overall grade point average, major courses (if any taken), and professional teacher education courses (if any taken previously).


WHAT IS UCO'S SCHOOL CODE?

For financial aid purposes, the school code is 003152.

For the ACT exam, the school code is 3390.

For the GRE, GMAT, LSAT & TOEFL, Educational Testing Service (ETS) uses 6091.


WHEN WILL LOAN CHECKS BE RELEASED?

Release of loan funds does not occur until the first week of the regular semester. Loan funds which are sent afterwards are available to be released on the week following the disbursement of funds from the lender to UCO.


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