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Business Retention and Graduation Rates

The UCO College of Business strives to continuously improve retention and graduation rates by providing exceptional support services to existing and prospective students, including tutoring and career development opportunities. Below are the retention and graduation rates for first-time freshmen and undergraduates at the rank of junior from 2014-20.

Longitudinal Retention Survey, First- and Full-Time Baccalaureate Degree-Seeking Students
Fall Cohort Cohort Count Cont. to 2nd Yr. Cont. to 3rd Yr. Cont. to 4th Yr. Cont. to 5th Yr. Grad. in 6 Yrs.
2014 338 51.2% 46.4% 43.8% 42.0% 38.8%
2015 340 40.3% 36.5% 31.8% 31.2% 28.5%
2016 390 50.5% 44.1% 40.0% 37.9% 35.1%
2017 323 42.7% 38.7% 35.0% 35.2%  
2018 265 50.2% 46.4% 43.4%    
2019 314 47.1% 43.5%      

Longitudinal Retention Survey, Junior Undergraduate Retention and Graduation
Fall Cohort Cohort Count % Ret. 1 Yr. After JR Start % Ret. 2 Yrs. After JR Start % Grad. After 2 Yrs. % Ret. 3 Yrs. After JR Start % Grad. After 3 Yrs. % Ret. 4 Yrs. After JR Start % Grad. After 4 Yrs.
2014 106 63.2% 58.5% 8.5% 44.4% 16.0% 21.7% 36.8%
2015 173 64.7% 62.4% 5.2% 31.8% 34.1% 11.6% 54.3%
2016 397 64.5% 48.4% 25.2% 21.2% 60.2% 8.3% 72.8%
2017 424 63.4% 44.4% 27.8% 11.4% 60.0% 6.4% 66.7%
2018 486 57.2% 40.6% 26.3% 12.0% 55.0% 3.8% 61.4%
2019 504 57.7% 40.9% 24.6% 15.0% 53.0%    
2020 486 55.3% 35.5% 24.1%        

Graduate and Job Placement Outcomes for Business Students

The UCO College of Business is committed to the post-graduation success of our students. We continuously collect and monitor graduate outcome data from our alumni and a summary of the data from fall 2016 to summer 2021 are as follows.

  • Total number of graduates = 2,493
  • Average undergraduate base salary* = $42,500
  • Average graduate base salary* = $55,000
  • Thirty-four percent (34%) of graduate survey respondents (N= 684, “yes”) were employed at or shortly after graduation; 92% of those employed were employed at full-time status.
  • Twenty-three percent (23%) of students who had an National Student Clearinghouse report returned (N = 160) were enrolled in a program of continuing education; 9% of overall graduates (respondents and non-respondents) were enrolled in a program of continuing education.

*As a self-reported data point, some base salaries may also include 100% commission, part commission or bonuses.

Some of the Companies Employing Our Business Graduates
B.B.A. and B.S. Graduates MBA Graduates MSBA Graduates
Allegiant Marketing Group AHS Staffing Aditi LLC
American Express Arvest Bank Amazon
American Fidelity AT&T BMO Financial Group
Arledge & Associates, PC Bedrock Gas Solutions Boeing
Ben E. Keith BKD Chickasaw Nation
Bob Mills Furniture Boeing Chick-fil-A
Chesapeake Energy Corporation CACI Citizens Bank of Edmond
Citizens Bank Chesapeake Energy Corporation Computer-RX
City of Edmond Devon Energy Corporation Coop Ale Works
Devon Energy Corporation Ditch Witch Core Logic, Inc.
Ernst & Young Eide Bailly LLP Delaware Nation Industries
Eide Bailly LLP Enable Midstream Department of Defense
Farmer's Insurance Engelbach Roberts & Co. PLLC Dow Jones (The Wall Street Journal)
FORVIS Google Elemica, Inc.
Grant Thornton LLP Hilti North America Federal Aviation Administration
Gulfport Energy Corporation INTEGRIS Health FedEx Services
HoganTaylor LLP JASCO Ford Motor Company
IBC Bank Kirkpatrick Bank Hill Country Health and Wellness Center
IBM Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores InsurTech
INSURICA Mercy Health Learfield
INTEGRIS Health MidFirst Bank LexisNexis
KPMG Nortek Air Solutions LifeStance Health
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Northrop Gumman Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores
Mercy Health Oklahoma City Thunder Mercy Health Systems
Merrill Lynch Oklahoma Council for Economic Education Method Insurance
MidFirst Bank Oklahoma Gas and Electric MidFirst Bank
NAICO Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group OU Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City Thunder Old Republic Title Paycom
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals OU Health Pinnacle Advertising
Oklahoma Environmental Services OU Health Sciences Center Pitney Bowes
Oklahoma Gas and Electric Paycom Prairie Oak Partners
Oklahoma Tax Commission Petra Industries Protiviti
ONEOK, Inc. Pratt & Whitney Sonic Corporate (Inspire Brands)
Paycom Saxum State of Oklahoma
PGA of America Spiers New Technologies Inc. Tata Consultancy Services
Sonic Corporate The Oklahoman The Hertz Corporation
State of Oklahoma Tinker Air Force Base Tinker Air Force Base
The Hertz Corporation Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Tronox
Tinker Air Force Base United States Armed Forces United States Armed Forces
Walmart Distribution Center United States Department of Defense Vitech Systems Group

Data sources: Graduating Student Survey and Graduate Outcomes Survey administered by the UCO Office of Institutional Assessment, UCO Data Warehouse and National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Learner Demographics

UCO is an institution that serves many first-generation learners, as they comprise 53% of our student population. Approximately 52.2% of students are first-time freshmen, with 45.3% coming via transfer and 2.5% classified as other. Most learners come to UCO from the Oklahoma City metropolitan area (70.8%) and a total of 85.6% come from the state of Oklahoma. The average ACT score of learners at UCO is 21.7[1].

The College of Business Learner Demographics Dashboard presents undergraduate learner demographic data for undergraduate UCO College of Business students to compare with all University of Central Oklahoma students, city and county of Oklahoma City demographics, and the seven-county metropolitan statistical area demographics. The displayed data numbers reflect demographics in the following categories: first-generation, veteran, gender and diversity. The dashboard will be updated every five years to coincide with the AACSB re-accreditation cycle.

[1] 2018-19 UCO Factbook was used for all data except the average ACT score. The average ACT was reported by the UCO Office of Institutional Effectiveness.