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What is a liberal arts education?

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Merriam-Webster defines the liberal arts as “college or university studies intended to provide chiefly general knowledge and to develop general intellectual capacities as opposed to professional or vocational skills.”

But at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, it means so much more. It is who we are and what we believe best prepares students for success in today's rapidly changing world.


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As Oklahoma’s only public liberal arts university, USAO provides students with a wide-ranging educational experience grounded in the sciences and humanities that reinforces communication, critical thinking and problem solving.

create your own path

USAO's Interdisciplinary Studies program maintains a 50-year tradition of integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines and is required of all students who pursue a degree at USAO.

Learn more about our IDS Core


Will I fit in at USAO?

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By choosing USAO, you are choosing to become part of a much larger family, a wide network of people you can count on long after your time at USAO comes to an end.

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Getting involved with campus clubs and organizations is one of the best ways to interact with other Drovers. With more than 30 clubs and organizations to choose from, plus a continuous calendar of community activities, everyone can find a way to get involved.

customize your experience

An important part of college is discovering new interests, hobbies and friendships. At USAO, we urge you to customize your college experience to and see how they are all interconnected

Learn more about student life


Why should I choose USAO?

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With a student to faculty ration of 13:1, you will have the chance to work alongside our faculty to gain real-world experience that will not only prepare you for your chosen career, but will ensure you excel. 

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Year after year, we are recognized  nationally for providing a high-quality, yet affordable liberal arts education. Four out of five USAO students receive some form of scholarships or financial aid.

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We can't wait to meet you! Come see all that USAO has to offer. 

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