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DACA Resources

Over the past several years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program has gone through several changes that have created uncertainty for Dreamers in the United States, including students at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The July 16, 2021, ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, prohibiting the federal government from granting new first-time DACA applications, creates additional uncertainty for UCO students with DACA status. This decision, alongside others that came before it, are contrary to our nation's revered values that provides unlimited opportunities to achieve the American Dream. 

Dreamers, through no fault of their own, were brought as children to the United States. They currently have no legal pathway to citizenship. As we have found through experience; however, they are exceptional students who are committed to the cultural values of the United States. We know these students and alumni flourish in advancing the economic and social fabric of our community and our nation.

UCO affirms its commitment, articulated in its mission statement, to help all of its students learn by providing transformative education experiences. This commitment extends to and embraces students with DACA status. These students are valuable and valued members of the Central community and make important contributions to the university and to the communities the university serves.

DACA Status

  • Previous DACA recipients can apply for renewal
  • New applications are not being processed at this time
  • In the state of Oklahoma, individuals are eligible to attend colleges and universities regardless of status per the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Applying to UCO as an Undocumented Student

Undocumented students, with or without DACA status, should follow the application procedure for undergraduate or graduate student status on the Undergraduate Admission website. Undocumented students should not apply as international students. Find more details and instructions on the UCO Undocumented Students website

Resources for Dreamers

Resources will be added as these become available. If you would like to provide an additional resource, email Liliana Rentería Mendoza.

Support for Current and Future DACA Students

The following groups on campus provided statements of support and solidarity for our current and future DACA students. 

Hispanic American Student Association

Latino Faculty & Staff Association

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Faculty Senate

Staff Senate

UCO Student Association