Oklahoma City University was named the fourth best college in Oklahoma for 2017 by College Choice.
College Choice, an online resource that ranks and reviews colleges, said they ranked Oklahoman schools based on “their academic reputations, research contributions, retention rates, tuition costs, return on investment, and student formation opportunities.”
College Choice highlights the fact that OCU has 1,800 undergraduate students who can choose from 70 majors as one of the reasons for the ranking.
The student-faculty ratio is 11-to-one, and there are 17 students in an average class.
“I personally really appreciate the small class sizes that you have because I feel like that, you know, allows me to teach at my best,” said Annie Holt, adjunct lecturer in the department of philosophy.
In addition to the average class size of 17, 75% of classes have less than 20 students.
“I like being in a place where my teachers know who I am and I know all of the people in my major. It makes it easier to collaborate with teachers and other students on creative projects,” said Kyla Bruegel, film junior.
Onstage Blog, www.onstageblog.com, named Oklahoma City University as having the #1 BFA dance program in the country. The blog acclaims the school of dance for musical theater training through jazz, tap, ballet and theater dance. There are ten levels of instruction, and students have four to five different teachers per semester. Students can also pursue a degree in dance management.
Cassie Van Houten, assistant professor of dance, said she prefers the small class sizes to a lecture class of 80 students.
“We really know faces with the names, people aren’t just a number, they’re an actual person here,” Van Houten said.
College Choice also named the University of Tulsa as #1, the University of Oklahoma – Norman Campus as #2, and Oklahoma State University – Stillwater Campus as #3.
OCU has previously been named #27 in Regional Universities West, tying with Regis University, and #23 in Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report. It has also been ranked as #433 in Top Colleges, #291 in Private Colleges, #239 in Grateful Grads, and #96 in the South by Forbes America’s Top Colleges.