University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Chickasha, OK
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $6,030 | $16,380
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $11,420
September 2
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


USAO Overview

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is one of the oldest public liberal arts colleges in America. Its graduates are living proof that the liberal arts model will enable a student to learn, exercise critical thinking and communicate. Within 1 year of graduation, a higher percentage of graduates from USAO are employed than from any other university in Oklahoma. Wherever the path in life leads, the skills students gain at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma are time-tested and designed to last. This is why USAO is recognized by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni as one of only 19 universities nationwide meeting the highest standards in requiring every student to have a solid foundation in math, science, literature, history and other core subjects.

USAO's Statement of Core Belief

The university believes the best path to a meaningful and purposeful life is an education that integrates knowledge from many disciplines to equip individuals for the 21st century.

USAO Offers a Broad Educational Experience

As Oklahoma's only public liberal arts university, USAO provides students a broad educational experience, grounded in the sciences and humanities, that reinforces communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Coursework is Built Around a Unique Interdisciplinary Core

USAO's Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program maintains a 50-year tradition of integrating knowledge from many disciplines and is required of all students who begin their college work at USAO.

USAO Pioneered the Innovative Team-teaching Approach

Team-teaching in the IDS program is an innovative approach that puts 2 or more professors from different disciplines into the classroom, offering students differing perspectives and approaches to the same material.

USAO's Mission Attracts Highly Qualified Faculty

Nearly 90% of USAO's faculty members have terminal degrees in their fields and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Faculty members come from prestigious graduate schools from across the country.

The Small Campus Environment Fosters Relationships

Enrollment caps contribute to USAO having a student-to-faculty member ratio of 15:1, creating an environment where students have access to faculty members and know one another.

Curiosity is Encouraged and Nurtured

USAO fosters an environment where curiosity is at the heart of the academic experience and creativity is the norm, not the exception.

Students Stay and Graduate

USAO attracts curious-minded students who thrive in this kind of environment and tend to graduate at higher rates than most public universities of its size.

Graduates Succeed in Post-graduate Study and Become Leaders in their Field

USAO students succeed in graduate school and rise to positions of leadership in their chosen fields.

The University Counters the Common Perception that Quality is not Affordable

USAO is nationally recognized for its affordability ("Kiplinger's," "US News"), upward social mobility ("Washington Monthly"), and the rigor of its academic approach (, ACTA).

USAO Fills an Unduplicated Role in the State Higher Education System

As Oklahoma's only public liberal arts university, USAO serves a unique purpose with an educational mission that is unduplicated in the state system of higher education.

Student Life

At USAO, the opportunities are endless! USAO works hard to keep the calendar filled with exciting -- and, yes, intellectually stimulating -- events to get students out of their rooms and having fun year-round. Popular events include dramatic and musical productions, Inter-Tribal Heritage Club powwows, guest speakers, entertainers, concerts, and sporting events.

With more than 40 clubs and organizations from which to choose, a student's campus experience is customized according to his or her interests -- whether he or she is brainy, social, political or fun loving. There's a place for everyone.

If a student is looking for somewhere to hang out and relax, there are plenty of places on campus to spend time with friends. The Drover's Den is a great spot to watch movies, TV or play video games. If one prefers to be more active, get ready to spend lots of time in the new state-of-the-art Nobbs Wellness Center.

Other popular campus hangouts include Lawson Clubhouse, Dusty's, Station 82 and the Fieldhouse, which features a basketball court and indoor swimming pool that's open all year. Students can also find a variety of activities on the campus oval, including intramural sports, concerts, and dances.

USAO's Student Association and Student Activities Board host events year-round that give students the opportunity to get to know their classmates and have a great time. USAO is committed to creating a vibrant, residential college experience.

Leadership Development

USAO offers leadership development opportunities for emerging and current student leaders to prepare for leadership roles on campus, in the community and around the world. Students will engage in a combination of theoretical and practical experiences to gain a more meaningful understanding of leadership topics and have an opportunity to join the Leadership Academy Program. The Leadership Academy is open to all students with leadership interests.

Student Success Series

Student Services offers a series of interactive workshops and presentations to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful at USAO. Students will have the opportunity to enhance and learn new skills through the Student Success Series (SSS). SSS will provide students with the opportunity to learn about academic success, career opportunities, health and wellness, goal setting and much more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students can take part in many volunteer programs while at USAO. Two popular opportunities are Drover Difference Day and Volunteer Action Council. Drover Difference Day is the annual, large-scale day of service. Students volunteer throughout the Chickasha community, reflect on their service experience, and provide feedback about what they learned, all while helping others.

Symposia and Festivals

USAO's tri-annual symposia bring internationally-recognized thinkers and doers to campus, giving its student body unprecedented access to some of the greatest minds of all time through lectures, panel discussions, and workshops. Previous guests include E.O. Wilson, Minnijean Brown Trickey, and Margaret Atwood. Coming in Spring 2015 is writer and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman. USAO also hosts a 4-part performing arts series that brings celebrated musicians, actors and dancers to the campus to entertain as well as educate.


USAO's sports teams have achieved national success and compete among the elite teams in small college athletics. The Drover men's and women's soccer teams recently won the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championships, representing the university and the conference in the NAIA National Tournament. The men's basketball team made it to the NAIA National Championship in both 2001 and 2002, bringing home the title in 2002. The Drover softball team also has competed in the national tournament, while USOA Baseball has represented the school in regional tournaments.

Location & Contact

1727 West Alabama
Chickasha, OK 73018

Mrs. Laura Coponiti

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Phone: 405-574-1350
Fax: 405-574-1220

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Indian/Native American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education&-Individuals with Hearing Impairments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


66% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied706
    • Accepted466
    • Acceptance Rate66%
    • Enrolled888
    • Female Applicants495
    • Females Accepted326
    • Female Acceptance Rate65%
    • Male Applicants211
    • Males Accepted140
    • Male Acceptance Rate66%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $40
    • Required for All
    • Required for Some Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 3
      minimum ACT score of 24 and 3.0 GPA/top 50% high school class, 3.0 GPA and top 25% high school class, or minimum ACT score of 22 and 3.0 GPA in 15-unit high school core
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.43
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen September 2nd January 2nd Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen January 2nd Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer September 2nd Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 19 19 24
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$6,030
    • Out-of-state tuition *$16,380
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,170
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredYes
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$11,420
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$11,011
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$13,123
    • Average Loan Aid:$2,906
    • Average Grant Aid:$2,805
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$9,417
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:98%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 68%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 16%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students888
    • Male Student Percentage34%
    • Female Student Percentage66%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino7.32%
    • Black or African American4.5%
    • White or Caucasian62.84%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native14.3%
    • Asian.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races%
    • Unknown or International Student2.03%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout8.11% representing 22 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students14% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 44%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Activities Board, Volunteer Action Council, Psychology Club, Young Democrats, Young Conservatives
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Yes Yes
    • Basketball Yes Yes Yes
    • Cheerleading No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Yes Yes
    • Cheerleading No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Softball Yes Yes Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Yes No


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty87
    • Full-time Percentage62%
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 809 students to 65 faculty



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