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Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education was created in 1941, and coordinates postsecondary institutions in the state of Oklahoma. The State Regents set the standards for higher education, approve courses of study at state colleges and universities, approve institutional funding, and regulate tuition and fees within the limits set by the Oklahoma Legislature. The State Regents also operates OneNet, Oklahoma’s information network for education and government, manage scholarships and special programs, and operate the Oklahoma College Assistance Program to provide financial literacy and college access to prospective college students. According to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education website, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Oklahoma’s higher education No. 7 nationally in affordability and No. 8 in efficiency. The state system of postsecondary institutions in Oklahoma is composed of 25 colleges and universities, including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Cameron University, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and independent colleges and universities, like Oral Roberts University, Southwestern College, and the University of Tulsa.
The University of Oklahoma was established in 1890 by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature, and is a four-year, public institution in Norman, Okla. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Oklahoma No. 101 in National Universities in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. College Navigator reports that the University of Oklahoma has an enrollment of 27,138 students. Online classes are available through the University of Oklahoma in several fields of study, including African American studies, anthropology, chemistry, Chinese, economics, English, history, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and zoology.
Oklahoma State University is composed of four campuses in Oklahoma ? Stillwater, the Institute of Technology, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. Oklahoma also has divisions of agriculture and veterinary medicine based in Stillwater. Stillwater is the largest campus, with 24,390 students and a faculty ratio of 19 to 1, according to College Navigator. U.S. News & World Report ranks Oklahoma State University No. 132 in National Universities in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. Oklahoma State University offers online degrees in agriculture, business administration, entrepreneurship, industrial engineering and management, electrical and computer engineering, engineering and technology management, telecommunications management, gerontology, human environmental sciences, and nutritional sciences.
Oral Roberts University is a Christian, private institution in Tulsa, Okla. founded by Evangelist Oral Roberts in 1963. U.S. News & World Report ranks Oral Roberts University No. 53 in Regional Universities (West) in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. Online bachelor’s degrees are available at Oral Roberts University in business administration, church ministries, Christian caregiving, leadership studies, government, and communication. Oral Roberts University also offers an online Bible Institute diploma and certificate program for training in biblical studies, theology, and practical ministries.