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Quick Facts on The University of Central Oklahoma

THE PERFECT CHEER

Since 2002, UCO Cheer and Pom teams have consistently ranked in the top five in the country for Division II. The UCO Spirit Program is the most decorated in the state of Oklahoma, bringing home an NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship title for the tenth time in eleven years in 2013.

U.S. OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC PARTNERSHIP TRAINING SITE

UCO serves as 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. UCO also served as host for the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships, marking the first time the event was held in the U.S.

COMPETITIVE WRESTLING PROGRAM

Current head coach of the UCO Wrestling Team David James has led UCO to 12 national titles, which ranks second all-time among college wrestling coaches at any level. Central has also celebrated 36 top-five national finishes in the 60-year history of the program.

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 Central students to become active members of the Edmond and Oklahoma City communities through public service and civic engagement.

BEST PLACE FOR LIVE JAZZ MUSIC

The UCO Jazz Lab has been named multiple times as the best place in the Oklahoma City metro area for live jazz music in both The Oklahoman and the Oklahoma Gazette, and is home to UCO's nationally recognized 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.

WANTED: FORENSIC SCIENCE MAJORS

W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute has joined seven other nationally acclaimed forensic science institutions to form the Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation Consortium (FCSIC). The FCSIC was established to help support a fully integrated national forensic and crime scene investigation system by developing and delivering new courses, enhancing current undergraduate and graduate programs and expanding research projects in their core competencies.

AWARD-WINNING GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM

Since 2011, Central students have earned more awards at the Oklahoma City ADDY Awards than any other university. Central students have also gone on to win multiple ADDY Awards from the American Advertising Federation on a national level, competing with graphic design students from across the country.

A 'GREAT COLLEGE TO WORK FOR'

Central has consistently been listed on the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For" list, 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

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.

CARING ABOUT HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Health and wellness is an important part of the university's mission. Since 2010, Central has maintained a tobacco-free campus. Central is also certified by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Central Oklahoma Turning Point as a "Healthy Campus."

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.

OKLAHOMA'S GREEN UNIVERSITY

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.

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.

TOP PRODUCER OF FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS

Central stands out among Oklahoma universities as a top producer of Fulbright scholars in the United States. The Fulbright Scholar Program is the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange and helps to promote a mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and other countries.

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 three Newman Civic Fellows: Austin Hula was one of 135 college students honored nationally in 2011, Susan Phares was one of 160 students honored nationally in 2012, and Sadaf Irshad was one of 180 students honored nationally in 2013.

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.”

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.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED WOMEN'S SOFTBALL PROGRAM

The UCO Softball team has made the Division II national tournament six times since 2002, including Division II World Series appearances in 2006 and 2012, as well as a national championship in 2013. Former head coach Genny Stidham has a 457-285-2 career record, the best in the program's history, and Central third baseman Kacie Edwards was the 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division II South Central Region Player of the Year.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED MEN’S GOLF

UCO has qualified for the Division II regional golf tournament 12 years in a row, with five national tournament appearances in that time span. Bronchos have won 52 tournament titles over the past 12 seasons, with 39 All-American players. 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.