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OKCU Repeats as One of Nation's Top Schools

Provost Kent Buchanan
Provost Kent Buchanan

U.S. News & World Report again has ranked Oklahoma City University among the best colleges in the country. The list, released today, has OKCU ranked number 27 in the Best Regional Universities in the West category, the highest rank of Oklahoma universities in this category.

The regional category is made up of universities that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and master’s programs.

Oklahoma City University Provost Kent Buchanan said OKCU’s standing reflects the university’s commitment to providing high quality education and academic rigor.

“Our professors are focused on student success, from giving them personalized educational opportunities to connecting them with leading employers,” Buchanan said. “We promote the idea of servant leadership, encourage our students to think creatively and to make positive impacts on the community.”

Along with the regional overall list, OKCU is also one of only two schools in the state on the West regional universities A+ Schools for B Students list, and is on the Most International Students list.

Schools on the A+ Schools for B Students list are noted for accepting outstanding applicants whose scores are not “A.” The colleges and universities included in the list see great potential in these students and help them achieve their goals.

For the Most International Students list, the report cites its significance as promoting an environment that helps the entire student body learn about different cultures. “In a global culture, befriending and learning to collaborate with students from other countries can be rewarding personally and professionally,” according to the list’s introduction.

According to the report released today, the U.S. News ranking system “rests on two pillars. The formula uses quantitative and qualitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it is based on our researched view of what matters in education.”

U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on various factors including graduation and retention rates, peer assessments, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Regional universities are placed into one of four geographic categories. The West region includes Oklahoma, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.