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A College Degree: Why Not You? Why Not Now? A Quick Guide for Adult College Students

Where Do You Start?

Picking a College
OK. You’ve thought about it long and hard. And now you’ve decided to take that leap and join the thousands of other Oklahomans like yourself who want to improve their lives by getting a college degree.

In Oklahoma, there are three basic types of public higher education institutions, and one of them is sure to meet your needs. The state’s research universities, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma, offer bachelor’s, graduate and professional degrees but also focus on research, extension and public service. Regional universities offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and in some instances, associate or professional degrees. Community colleges grant associate degrees for transfer to universities or for career preparation.

Technical branches are another type of institution in Oklahoma. they have a special emphasis on education and training in technical fields.

Research and regional universities have certain admission requirements for all students, such as minimum ACT or SAT scores, class rankings and grade point averages. Community colleges have "open-door" admissions policies, meaning there are no minimum requirements for admission; however, you may have to take an assessment test to determine your proficiency level in one or more subjects.

For more information on Oklahoma public college and university admission standards, email, call the Student Information Hotline at 1.800.858.1840 (225.9239 in Oklahoma City) or visit Oklahoma’s higher education Web site at

You may also contact either the admissions or enrollment management office at the college or university you plan to attend. Some colleges may even have an office specifically designed to serve adults or non-traditional students.

Logo: Reach Higher, Oklahoma's Degree Completion Program.Reach Higher, Oklahoma's degree completion program, is designed specifically for working adults who want to finish their college degree but haven't had the chance because of family, finances or other obligations. Reach Higher is an affordable and flexible program offered by nine of Oklahoma's public regional universities.