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Statewide Employment OUtcomes 

Employment outcome rates are a data match between the State Regents, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) and the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) records to determine the percentage of state system graduates who remain in the state and are employed in the state one year and five years after graduation (2019-20 and 2015-16, respectively).

Graduate records are divided into two groups: (1) Oklahoma residents and (2) non-Oklahoma residents. Graduates are identified as Oklahoma residents if Oklahoma is the original state of residence when entering an Oklahoma higher education institution. If the original state of residence at enrollment is anything other than Oklahoma, the graduate is considered a non-Oklahoma resident. The OESC database does not reflect the self-employed, employees of the federal government (e.g., military and postal service) and graduates working outside of Oklahoma. Additionally, the data does not include graduates who may have transitioned directly to graduate school, which is another positive outcome of degree completion. The OTC database includes couples filing joint returns; therefore, employment of the degree recipient is assumed, but may be that of a spouse.

The majority of Oklahoma’s state system graduates remain in the state, contributing to the state’s economy and opportunities for growth, even five years after graduation.


Nearly 90% of Oklahomans and nearly two-thirds of non-resident students who graduate from a state system college or university remain and work in the state one year after graduation. (PDF version, 294k)

Percent of State System Graduates Employed in Oklahoma One Year After Graduation.
Associate in Arts/Science -- Oklahoma Resident: 90.1%; Non-Resident: 59.3%; All Graduates: 86.6%.
Associate in Applied Science -- Oklahoma Resident: 91.8%; Non-Resident: 69.8%; All Graduates: 89.7%.
Bachelor's -- Oklahoma Resident: 89.9%; Non-Resident: 66.7%; All Graduates: 83.6%.
Master's -- Oklahoma Resident: 87.6%; Non-Resident: 64.8%; All Graduates: 78.7%.
Doctorate -- Oklahoma Resident: 78.3%; Non-Resident: 61.9%; All Graduates: 67.6%.
First Professional -- Oklahoma Resident: 87.9%; Non-Resident: 71.9%; All Graduates: 84.3%.
Total -- Oklahoma Resident: 89.7%; Non-Resident: 65.6%; All Graduates: 83.7%.


Nearly 88% of Oklahomans and almost two-thirds of non-resident students who graduate from a state system college or university remain and work here five years after graduation. (PDF version, 294k)

Percent of State System Graduates Employed in Oklahoma Five Years After Graduation.
Associate in Arts/Science -- Oklahoma Resident: 89.5%; Non-Resident: 60%; All Graduates: 85.9%.
Associate in Applied Science -- Oklahoma Resident: 88.6%; Non-Resident: 69.1%; All Graduates: 86.2%.
Bachelor's -- Oklahoma Resident: 87%; Non-Resident: 61.1%; All Graduates: 80.2%.
Master's -- Oklahoma Resident: 85.7%; Non-Resident: 60.7%; All Graduates: 80.2%.
Doctorate -- Oklahoma Resident: 78.9%; Non-Resident: 58.9%; All Graduates: 68%.
First Professional -- Oklahoma Resident: 85.8%; Non-Resident: 73%; All Graduates: 82.7%.
Total -- Oklahoma Resident: 87.5%; Non-Resident: 61.5%; All Graduates: 81.3%.


Of STEM graduates from our state system colleges and universities, 88% of Oklahomans – and almost two-thirds of non-resident students – remain and work in the state one year after graduation. (PDF version, 294k)

Percent of State System Graduates Employed in Oklahoma One Year After Graduation (STEM Only).
Associate in Arts/Science -- Oklahoma Resident: 88.1%; Non-Resident: 55.5%; All Graduates: 82.2%.
Associate in Applied Science -- Oklahoma Resident: 91.1%; Non-Resident: 67.3%; All Graduates: 88%.
Bachelor's -- Oklahoma Resident: 88.3%; Non-Resident: 65.9%; All Graduates: 81.2%.
Master's -- Oklahoma Resident: 84.1%; Non-Resident: 62.6%; All Graduates: 71.9%.
Doctorate -- Oklahoma Resident: 72.3%; Non-Resident: 58.4%; All Graduates: 61.2%.
Total -- Oklahoma Resident: 88%; Non-Resident: 63.9%; All Graduates: 79.8%.


Of STEM graduates from our state system colleges and universities, more than 85% of Oklahomans – and more than half of non-resident students – remain and work here five years after graduation. (PDF version, 294k)

Percent of State System Graduates Employed in Oklahoma Five Years After Graduation (STEM Only).
Associate in Arts/Science -- Oklahoma Resident: 90.2%; Non-Resident: 67.9%; All Graduates: 86.3%.
Associate in Applied Science -- Oklahoma Resident: 88.8%; Non-Resident: 67.8%; All Graduates: 86.4%.
Bachelor's -- Oklahoma Resident: 85.2%; Non-Resident: 60%; All Graduates: 77.5%.
Master's -- Oklahoma Resident: 77%; Non-Resident: 57.8%; All Graduates: 65.8%.
Doctorate -- Oklahoma Resident: 74.7%; Non-Resident: 53.5%; All Graduates: 61.2%.
Total -- Oklahoma Resident: 85.4%; Non-Resident: 59.7%; All Graduates: 77%.




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