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About USAO

Celebrating more than a century of service as Oklahoma's only public liberal arts college, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma – nationally ranked for quality and value – is a recognized leader and innovator in interdisciplinary studies.

Like the best private liberal arts colleges, USAO offers small classes; award-winning faculty; and a campus culture that fosters inclusivity, close faculty-student interaction and undergraduate research opportunities. USAO educates the whole person, encourages growth through public service, and our athletic teams compete in 13 NAIA sports.

Founded in 1908 as the Oklahoma College for Women (OCW), it was the first college created by Oklahoma's first Legislature. One of only seven state institutions with similar missions ever created in this country, USAO has the oldest original mission of any state college or university in Oklahoma other than the University of Oklahoma. USAO is also the only Oklahoma college named a National Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.