Best Value Colleges in Oklahoma

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

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1University of Oklahoma(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$407,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,800
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
2University of Oklahoma(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$357,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
3Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$341,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,500
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
4University of Tulsa(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$330,000
Total 4 Year Cost$208,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,300
5Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$290,000
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
6Oklahoma Christian University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
7Southwestern Oklahoma State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$246,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,700
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$15,100
8Mid-America Christian University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$230,000
Total 4 Year Cost$112,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
9Southeastern Oklahoma State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$222,000
Total 4 Year Cost$61,700
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$14,600
10Southwestern Oklahoma State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$220,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,300
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$15,100
11Southern Nazarene University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$215,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
12Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OWU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$212,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
13Southeastern Oklahoma State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$189,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,500
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$14,600
14University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$187,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,400
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
15East Central University - Ada, OK(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$181,000
Total 4 Year Cost$56,800
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000

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

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. Earnings, however, depend greatly on choice of major so take that into account as well.

When ranked by college return on investment, Oklahoma is home to several public schools that provide a good return. The University of Oklahoma is one of these. Notable alumni include Blake Griffin, James Garner and Olivia Munn.Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma is a Big 12 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.