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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma

24 Colleges
$19,950 Avg Cost*
4.4 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Value Oklahoma Schools ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 24 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value in Oklahoma. This ranking isn't just a listing of 'cheap' schools. Instead, it is noting which schools offer a high quality education for a reasonable price. Because of this, it is possible for one college to rank better than another, even if the latter college has a lower average cost.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

When determining average cost, we look at total expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other living expenses, and then deduct the average amount of financial aid awarded to a student. This estimate is meant to give you a better picture of how much money you'll have to pay each year, either through self-pay, loans, or external scholarships.

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We know that one set of rankings doesn't always help you determine the best school for you, so we've created the ability to narrow your list by location and field of study as well as alternative rankings that prioritize different factors, such as those of importance to veterans and returning adults or those seeking diversity and overall quality.

One of our other unique offerings is College Combat. This tool lets you build your own customized comparisons utilizing the factors that are most important to you. If you're torn between two schools, you can use it to help you see how they stack up against one another!

Top Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma

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Our analysis found Oklahoma State University - Main Campus to be the best school for overall value in Oklahoma in this year’s ranking. Oklahoma State University - Main Campus is a large public school located in Stillwater, Oklahoma that handed out 4,899 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Oklahoma State is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,147. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State is $75,790. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Oklahoma State not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #4 on our Best Colleges in Oklahoma list.

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Out of the 24 schools in Oklahoma that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #2 spot on the list. University of Oklahoma is a public institution located in Norman, Oklahoma. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,805 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at University of Oklahoma about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,542. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Oklahoma is $91,412. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 4.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. University of Oklahoma not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #2 on our Best Colleges in Oklahoma list.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The school came in at #3 in Oklahoma on this year’s best value ranking. USAO is a public institution located in Chickasha, Oklahoma. The school has a small population, and it awarded 153 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at USAO graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $10,425. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from USAO be around $45,766. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Out of the 24 schools in Oklahoma that were part of this year’s ranking, Oklahoma City University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 552 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at OCU about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,790. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from OCU be around $125,118. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.0%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. OCU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges in Oklahoma list.

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#5

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Tulsa helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Oklahoma. University of Tulsa is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It awarded 820 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At University of Tulsa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,654. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Tulsa is about $143,703. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 4.8% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. University of Tulsa not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #1 on our Best Colleges in Oklahoma list.

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#6

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Northeastern State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,412 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at NSU to complete their degree, and it costs about $13,664 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NSU is $66,134. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Southeastern Oklahoma State University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking. Southeastern Oklahoma State University is a public institution located in Durant, Oklahoma. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 583 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Southeastern Oklahoma State University to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $10,984. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University be around $50,087. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#8

East Central University

Ada, Oklahoma

East Central University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma ranking. Located in Ada, Oklahoma, the small public school awarded 613 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at ECU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $14,342. This means that the average student pays around $64,539 to get a bachelor’s degree from ECU. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Weatherford, Oklahoma

Southwestern Oklahoma State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking, coming in at #9. SWOSU is located in Weatherford, Oklahoma and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 821 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at SWOSU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,676. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SWOSU is $77,377. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking. Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a small public school located in Alva, Oklahoma that handed out 352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at NWOSU to complete their degree, and it costs about $14,627 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from NWOSU is $68,016. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#11

Cameron University

Lawton, Oklahoma

Cameron University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Lawton, Oklahoma, the small public school awarded 448 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Cameron University to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $12,057. This means that the average student pays around $55,944 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#12

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Goodwell, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Panhandle State University landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking. This small public school is located in Goodwell, Oklahoma, and it awarded 269 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at OPSU is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $12,710. This means that the average student pays around $56,305 to get a bachelor’s degree from OPSU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#13

Oklahoma Christian University

Edmond, Oklahoma

With a ranking of #13, Oklahoma Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma list. OC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Edmond, Oklahoma. It awarded 337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At OC, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,778. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from OC be around $106,793. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#14

Langston University

Langston, Oklahoma

Langston University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma list. Langston University is a small public school located in Langston, Oklahoma that handed out 192 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Langston University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $14,660. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Langston University is $69,488. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#15

Oklahoma Baptist University

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Baptist University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking, coming in at #15. Oklahoma Baptist University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Shawnee, Oklahoma that handed out 368 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At OBU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,252. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the OBU is $106,816. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#16

Southwestern Christian University

Bethany, Oklahoma

Southwestern Christian University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking. Located in Bethany, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 129 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SCU is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,462. This means that the average student pays around $75,960 to get a bachelor’s degree from SCU. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#17

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Oral Roberts University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma ranking. Tulsa, Oklahoma is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 596 students in 2018-2019.

At ORU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,285. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the ORU is $126,288. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

ORU also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges in Oklahoma rankings.

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#18

Southern Nazarene University

Bethany, Oklahoma

Southern Nazarene University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma ranking. Located in Bethany, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 468 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at SNU about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,890. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SNU be around $104,538. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#19

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma

University of Central Oklahoma landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking. UCO is a fairly large public school situated in Edmond, Oklahoma. It awarded 2,534 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCO is 4.8 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,323. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCO is $96,941. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#20

Rogers State University

Claremore, Oklahoma

Rogers State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma ranking. Claremore, Oklahoma is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 370 students in 2018-2019.

At RSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $18,002 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from RSU is $82,089. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#21

Randall University

Moore, Oklahoma

Randall University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Moore, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 28 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Randall to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,693. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Randall is $83,695. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#22

Mid - America Christian University

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

With a ranking of #22, Mid - America Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma list. Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 336 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Mid - America Christian University graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $25,205. This means that the average student pays around $103,340 to get a bachelor’s degree from Mid - America Christian University. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#23

Bacone College

Muskogee, Oklahoma

Bacone College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma ranking. Located in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 52 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Bacone College is 4.8 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,698. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bacone College is about $100,385. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#24

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Wesleyan University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Oklahoma list. Located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 208 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at OKWU or OWU is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,932. This means that the average student pays around $127,131 to get a bachelor’s degree from OKWU or OWU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 24 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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