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At UCO, salary is just one component of the many benefits available to faculty and staff. Overall, we come out ahead of what’s considered the “norm” at many companies and organizations in the U.S. Excellent benefits, dedication to work-life balance and professional development opportunities are just a few reasons to join our team.


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Reasons to Work at UCO


Employee Benefits

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to full-time faculty and staff, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability and gap insurance. We also provide contributions to the Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System and the ability to make additional contributions to voluntary 403(b) and 457(b) plans.

When viewed holistically, our benefits far exceed what competitors at most major corporations and organizations have to offer. Our compensation and benefits package adds great value to each paycheck. Do more than make a living; make a life. 

Compensation and Benefits at UCO


Employer-Paid Benefits

UCO contributes to medical coverage for all full-time faculty, staff and their dependents; plus we fund a percentage of the individual's salary into OTRS less the annual individual contribution. UCO pays for all full-time employees to receive an advanced long-term disability benefit and two times the individual’s annual salary in basic life and AD&D insurance. 

Employee Assistance Program

UCO faculty and staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Deer Oaks and Hartford. EAP benefits start day one for all UCO faculty and staff and continues six months after separation. EAP provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, prevention and education services for you, your dependents (whether they live at home or away) and anyone who lives in your household.

Work-Life Balance

Up to 52 days of leave/sick/holidays per year.* As part of its generous benefits package, the university provides the opportunity for each individual to earn paid time off through a leave accrual program. The program includes all approved leave, such as vacation, sick time, personal leave and more.

*exact number subject to change annually - based on FT staff schedule (faculty periods may differ).

2022 University Holidays*

  • Offices Open After Winter Break: Jan. 3, 2022
  • Martin Luther King Day: Jan. 17, 2022
  • Spring Break: Mar.14-18, 2022
  • Memorial Day: May 30, 2022
  • Juneteenth Day:  June 20, 2022
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2022
  • Labor Day: Sept. 5, 2022
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 23-25, 2022
  • Winter Break: Dec. 23, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023

*Subject to change


We have a variety of resources to ensure employees stay connected to our mission and vision. From on-campus and community events that support our student population, affinity groups in which to belong, and a multitude of continuous cultural competence learning opportunities, to philanthropy resources and ways to give, being an employee means being a member of the UCO Family.

Affinity Groups at UCO 


We actively foster an educational environment that recognizes and celebrates its diverse communities. Our mission is to advance cultural competence while implementing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to learn, thrive and succeed. Learn more about our Inclusive Community at UCO. 


Tuition Waiver

As a full-time employee with the university, we offer a tuition waiver, which can be used by the employee or transferred to a dependent. The tuition waiver benefit applies to tuition only for classes taken at UCO. The benefit is defined as the value of 14 credit hours of undergraduate general tuition in each academic year not to include differential tuition or fees.

Tuition Waver Online Form


Opportunities for Talent Development

We offer a variety of virtual and in-person training resources throughout the year. UCO’s Talent Development team offers leadership, teambuilding and skills trainings for all levels of employment within UCO.

Employee Wellness

All full-time employees have free access to UCO’s Wellness Center. Additionally, UCO’s Physical Activity Policy provides employees two hours of working time each week to participate in physical activity.*

Visit The Wellness Center

*The Physical Activity Policy is subject to supervisor approval.

Free Parking

All full-time employees receive a paid parking pass for on-campus parking.

Voluntary Retirement Options

Contributions to 403(b) or 457(b) plans through Voya Financial are available to all non-student permanent employees. These contributions can be a flat amount or a percentage of earnings, contributed before or after taxes. We have a dedicated team at Voya Financial to help employees plan and save for their future.


Oklahoma 529 College Savings Account

The Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan (OCSP) is a state-sponsored, tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan that helps families and individuals plan for the cost of higher education. UCO makes it especially easy to contribute through payroll deduction. The minimum contribution is $15 per investment option, per beneficiary, per pay period. Learn more about the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan on the OSCP website.