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In 2005, USAO (Oklahoma's only public liberal arts college in Chickasha, Oklahoma) was ranked the top public baccalaureate undergraduate college in the Western United States by U.S. News and World Report for the fifth year in a row. According to U.S. News, a college's academic reputation is critical. Also considered is selectivity in accepting freshmen, faculty resources, curriculum rigor, graduation retention rates, alumni giving, graduation rates, and financial resources such as student scholarships and endowment programs. The USAO college Foundation supports the university through matching endowments, student scholarships, gift programs, estate planned gifts, and funding of campus capital projects. USAO is the only historic Oklahoma university to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Foundation is proud to support a university whose academic rigor ranks at the top of colleges nationwide while retaining personal attention to the needs of the undergraduate student. Join the Foundation today in supporting the fine tradition of a liberal arts college in a supportive small town environment.