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Our faculty, staff and students make us proud to be Bronchos! Take a look at some of our most recent points of pride.

UCO was ranked as a top institution in the nation for providing quality education during the COVID-19 pandemic by nonprofit Educate to Career. Central is ranked third out of 20 higher education institutions in Oklahoma. 

A Top Forensic Biology Institution

UCO was ranked as a top institution for forensic biology according to a recent national ranking by Forensics Colleges. Central ranked six out of 15 and is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list. 

The University of Central Oklahoma is ranked as a top institution for online Bachelor of General Studies according to a recent national ranking by Online Schools Report. Central ranked 31 out of 35 and is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list

UCO again earned recognition as a top school for student veterans and active military, as The Military Times announced Central as No. 8 out of 134 surveyed four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. on its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2020” list. Central jumped up one spot on the list, as The Military Times recognized UCO for its dedication to veterans for the fifth consecutive year.

UCO Nationally Recognized for Low Student Debt Figure

UCO has been nationally recognized by LendEDU for having one of the lowest student loan debt figures in the country for the Class of 2019. UCO's average student debt per borrower figure of $26,939 ranked #178 in the country and #6 in Oklahoma.

Award-Winning Faculty

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has named David Bass, Ph.D., professor of biology at the University of Central Oklahoma, as one of the winners of its 2020 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence Award. The award honors five outstanding educators in Oklahoma’s public schools. The awards will be presented at the foundation’s 34th annual Academic Awards Banquet May 16 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma

Representing some of the best architecture for 2019, the University of Central Oklahoma’s Donald Betz STEM Research and Learning Center received national recognition as an honoree of Interior Design's 14th annual Best of Year Awards in New York City in December.

Most Affordable Public University in Oklahoma

College Consensus lists UCO as the "Most Affordable Public University" in Oklahoma. UCO ranked No. 75 on the full list of the "100 Most Affordable Colleges and Universities in the Nation."

Top Public Regional University in Oklahoma

U.S. News and World Report names UCO the top public regional university in Oklahoma for 2019. UCO also ranked No. 24 in the list of Tier One institutions in the "Top Public Schools: Regional Universities - West" category.

Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Student Success

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) named UCO one of its 2018 Excellence and Innovation Award winners, recognizing the university’s Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) and its role in student success and retention. The award recognizes excellence and innovation in several major areas of campus life and leadership, including regional and economic development, student success and college completion, sustainability and sustainable development, teacher education, international education, and leadership development and diversity. 

UCO Women's Rowing Team Secures National Championship for Second Year

The UCO Women's Rowing team won the 2019 NCAA National Championship with a pair of dominant performances in Varsity 4+ and Varsity 8+ at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park. UCO now has won back-to-back national championships as the Bronchos earned the university its 20th national title.

Among Top Universities for Federal Work-Study Financial Aid

UCO is a top institution for Federal Work-Study Financial Aid, according to the 2019 national rankings by LendEDU. Central ranked second out of 409 schools that were analyzed for the report.

On average, Central provides about $4,739 to each work-study participant. Additionally, Central provided 3,125 jobs through the work-study program for the most recent academic year. Through programs like these, Central students can graduate with minimal student debt. During the 2017-18 academic year, of the nearly 3,000 graduates over 43 percent of them graduated without any federal loans.

Promoting Health and Wellness on Campus

UCO maintained its status as a Certified Healthy Campus for the seventh consecutive year, recognizing the university’s efforts to promote health and wellness among its students, faculty and staff. A part of the “Shape Your Future” campaign driven by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Central was awarded the highest level of certification, garnering the excellence designation. The program recognizes public and private campuses, and career technology centers that make a positive impact on the health of their communities.

UCO Pom Takes First at Nationals

UCO's pom team danced its way to a national championship at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, Jan. 18-20, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. The team placed first in the Open Game Day Division and sixth in the Open Jazz Division. The UCA and UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship is the most prestigious college cheerleading championship in the country with teams from all 50 states competing.

Leadership Who Serve Nationwide

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, appointed Beth Allan, Ph.D., professor of biology and coordinator of the secondary science education program at UCO, as the president-elect for the organization.

Dedication to Veterans

The Military Times ranked UCO No. 9 among all surveyed four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. on its 2019 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list. This is the fourth consecutive year UCO has been recognized.

‘Top Workplace’ in Oklahoma

The Oklahoman named Central one of the state’s “Top Workplaces” for the third consecutive
year. UCO ranked No. 12 in the large business category, which includes businesses with at least 350 employees, on the Top Workplaces 2016 list. UCO was the only university included on the list.

Professors Awarded Grants for Excellence

The Oklahoma Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) awarded College of Mathematics and Science professors Morshed Khandaker, Ph.D., associate professor of engineering and physics, and Lillian Chooback, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, each with a 2.5-year, $200,000 Research Project Investigator grant.

‘Great College to Work For’

The Chronicle of Higher Education named UCO as one of the “2018 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central was the only public higher education institution in the state recognized on the list, joining Baylor University, Texas Christian University and University of Notre Dame on the list of the 10 universities named to the large institution honor roll by The Chronicle of Higher Education, widely viewed as one of the most prestigious higher education publications in the nation. Within the survey’s 11-year history, this is the 10th year in which Central has been named to the list, with past recognitions in 2008 and 2010-17.

Top Alma Mater for Board Certified Teachers

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recognized Central as one of the top 50 alma maters in the U.S. for National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) with 444 total certifications.

Forensic Science National Recognition

The W. Roger Webb Forensic Science became the only university in North America with three accredited undergraduate forensic science programs — forensic molecular biology, forensic chemistry and digital forensics. Central is the only institution in Oklahoma with undergraduate level Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission accreditation and joined Eastern Kentucky University as the first two universities in the nation to receive accreditation for an undergraduate digital forensics program.