Successful Student has ranked the Best Colleges for Transferring to Universities in Oklahoma. Often times, it makes good sense for a student to begin their college career at a junior or community college, or four year college that has a credit transfer relationship with the university that you’d like to attend. This type of schooling is beneficial before heading to a university for a lot of reasons, but one of the most important is that financially, these colleges can provide the foundation for a four-year degree for a fraction of the cost as a major university. Other students might find it beneficial to begin their college career at a smaller institution to better acclimate themselves to the college life. Still others might be looking to save money by staying close to home, or maybe participate in athletics on a smaller scale.
No matter the reason, a community or a junior college can be the right decision for many students. Oklahoma offers many options that can be stepping stones into the three major universities there – Oklahoma State University, the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma. This article will highlight Redlands Community College, Tulsa Community College and Northern Oklahoma College.
1. Redlands Community College (El Reno, Oklahoma)
Transfers to Oklahoma University
Redlands Community College is located in El Reno, Oklahoma and was founded in 1938. In its beginnings, the college held classes in the basement of El Reno High School, but it now has grown to include seven major building complexes. Up from a first graduating class of eight students in 1940, the college now has an average enrollment each semester of approximately 2,200 students.
As a fully-accredited member of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, Redlands offers several Applied Science degrees, Associates of Applied Science, and Associates of Arts degrees that are great stepping stones for major universities. Through the GOALS Program, Redlands works to support qualifying students in their career path and job placement opportunities.
2. Tulsa Community College (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Transfers to the University of Tulsa
Tulsa Community College was founded in 1970 to serve students of Tulsa, Oklahoma and the surrounding areas. As the largest community college in Oklahoma, TCC is home to 30,000 students each semester through their four campuses and conference center, which are all located in and around Tulsa. TCC has been ranked in the top three percent of the more than 1,150 national community colleges in the number of associates degrees awarded.
Tulsa Community College is accredited by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission, and prides itself on its diverse student body. Over 36% of the students come from under-served and under-represented communities, and TCC boasts the highest ranking in the nation for granting associates degrees to Native Americans. TCC offers two TRIO Programs , both funded by the Department of Education, which offer financial counseling, assistance with college admissions, and support in completing the student’s college degree.
3. Northern Oklahoma College (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
Transfers to Oklahoma State University
Northern Oklahoma College, or NOC, serves 2,700 students across three campuses: the main campus in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, in Stillwater, Oklahoma and in Enid, Oklahoma. NOC acquired the Enid campus through a purchase of the former Phillips University. The college has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the ACBSP.
The NOC-OSU Gateway Program requires students to earn 24 hours of transferable college-level credit through NOC Stillwater with a 2.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average. Through this program students are able to meet with OSU advisors regularly to ensure they are meeting the requirements to transfer to OSU. Other benefits of the NOC-OSU Gateway Program is that NOC students have access to OSU amenities such as the Colvin Recreation Center, OSU tutoring and career services as well as OSU housing as space permits.