OC up in U.S. News college rankings

OC rose in the rankings and earned additional honors from U.S. News & World Report in the “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook.

OC moved up to No. 41 on the “Best Regional Universities” list for the 15-state western region. This is the 18th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored OC, which ranks second among Oklahoma schools on the regional list.

The Princeton Review also listed OC as one of top schools in the 15-state western region.

In addition to being among the state’s leaders with more than 40 National Merit Scholars enrolled last year, OC earned recognition on the U.S. News list of “A+ Schools for B Students,” which identifies great colleges where scholars with high school GPAs in the B range can thrive. U.S. News also identified OC as one of the top schools for veterans.

The U.S. News rankings assess seven categories: assessment of excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates, and alumni giving.

OC’s alumni giving rate (18 percent) ranks fourth in the western region while the university’s first-year retention rate ranks in the region’s top 25.

Spring 2017

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