Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma

If you are considering applying to a college in the Sooner State, PayScale's Oklahoma ROI Report can guide you to the best value colleges in the state.  Read More

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1University of Oklahoma(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$413,100
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,840
2University of Oklahoma(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$367,900
Total 4 Year Cost$135,100
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,840
3Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$348,500
Total 4 Year Cost$84,500
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
4University of Tulsa(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$322,900
Total 4 Year Cost$190,100
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,480
5Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$301,700
Total 4 Year Cost$131,300
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
6Cameron University - Lawton, OK(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$215,300
Total 4 Year Cost$57,700
Grad Rate20%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,920
7Southwestern Oklahoma State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$191,200
Total 4 Year Cost$66,800
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,440
8Cameron University - Lawton, OK(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$188,100
Total 4 Year Cost$84,900
Grad Rate20%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,920
9Southern Nazarene University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$187,400
Total 4 Year Cost$125,600
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,360
10Northeastern State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$179,700
Total 4 Year Cost$53,300
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,800
11Langston University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$177,800
Total 4 Year Cost$63,700
Grad Rate21%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,160
12Southwestern Oklahoma State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$166,800
Total 4 Year Cost$91,300
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,440
13University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$165,400
Total 4 Year Cost$67,600
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,480
14Langston University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$153,800
Total 4 Year Cost$87,700
Grad Rate21%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,160
15Northeastern State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$153,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,800

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Choosing a college is a major investment. By looking at the 20-year net ROI and annualized ROI of each college on our list, you can make sure to choose a school you can afford based on your current family income and your projected earnings over the next two decades.

When ranked by college return on investment, Oklahoma is home to several public schools that rate highly. The University of Oklahoma is the best value college in Oklahoma, whether you are a state resident or not. In-state tuition discounts mean that Oklahoma residents earn a 20-year net ROI of $413,100, and up to $443,200 if they qualify for financial aid. Even if you have to pay higher out-of-state tuition, it may be worth it, since out of state U of O students still see a $367,900 20-year net ROI. That means that Sooners (U of O's mascot is Boomer the Sooner) take first and second place in terms of college return on investment. Notable alumni include Blake Griffin, James Garner and Olivia Munn.

Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma has the third highest ROI in our rankings. OSU students see an annualized ROI of 8.7 percent (assuming they pay in-state tuition) and a 20-year net ROI of $348,400. PayScale isn't the only source that thinks OSU is one of the best values of college education Oklahoma has to offer -- it was ranked number 23 in Forbe's 2013 Best Value College rankings. OSU is a Big 10 school, and the Cowboys and Cowgirls are passionate about their winning sports teams, especially football. Garth Brooks, Gary Busey and Randy Couture were all OSU graduates.

The best value private college in Oklahoma is the University of Tulsa, a Presbyterian school with just over 4,000 students. Their strong petroleum engineering program pushes the school's 20-year net ROI to $322,900. Their championship winning basketball team is known as The Golden Hurricane. The University of Tulsa may be small, but it's still one of the best value colleges in Oklahoma.