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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16Langston University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$170,000
Total 4 Year Cost$69,500
Grad Rate4%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,700
17Oklahoma City University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$162,000
Total 4 Year Cost$176,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,500
18Northeastern State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$160,000
Total 4 Year Cost$58,900
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
19University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$154,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
20East Central University - Ada, OK(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$151,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,400
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
21Cameron University - Lawton, OK(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$148,000
Total 4 Year Cost$60,900
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,200
22Langston University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$144,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,700
Grad Rate4%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,700
23 (tie)Oklahoma Panhandle State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$143,000
Total 4 Year Cost$64,800
Grad Rate17%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
23 (tie)Oklahoma Panhandle State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$143,000
Total 4 Year Cost$64,800
Grad Rate17%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
25Northeastern State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$131,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,400
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
26Cameron University - Lawton, OK(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$117,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,000
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,200
27Northwestern Oklahoma State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$107,000
Total 4 Year Cost$58,800
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,600
28Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$101,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
29Northwestern Oklahoma State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$82,100
Total 4 Year Cost$83,900
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,600
30Oral Roberts University (ORU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$52,700
Total 4 Year Cost$149,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,500

*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.