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University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Motto "Not for livelihood but for life."
Established 1908
Type Public
Endowment $4,177,000
President John Feaver
Students 1,200
Location Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA
Campus Small Town
Colors Green and Gold         
Mascot Drover
Affiliations Sooner Athletic Conference

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, or USAO, is the only public college with a strictly liberal arts-based curriculum in Oklahoma. USAO is located in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.



The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the state's public liberal arts college. Its mission is to provide the public with a distinctive and accessible liberal arts and sciences education. In combining an interdisciplinary core curriculum with superior instruction in major fields of study, USAO aims to provide a thorough education that prepares students for meaningful, purposeful lives. Link to Mission Statement on USAO website.Link to Mission Statement on USAO website.


USAO has adopted the following set of objectives consistent with its mission and the functions assigned by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education:

  • To provide an outstanding general education program for the State of Oklahoma with strong offerings in the liberal arts and sciences. This program will feature interdisciplinary team-teaching and will extend throughout the undergraduate experience.
  • To offer programs of study approved by the State Regents for Higher Education, culminating in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.
  • To offer a limited number of career, professional, and specialized degree programs which would be especially strengthened when combined with an interdisciplinary, liberal arts foundation.
  • To provide a learning environment suited to the needs of academically and artistically talented students while offering students the advantages of an interdisciplinary, liberal arts program.
  • To assemble a faculty whose interests, knowledge, and experiences transcend their specialized fields of graduate study and who are dedicated to liberal arts education.
  • To operate on a flexible trimester plan which will permit some students to complete a baccalaureate degree in three years and allow all students to progress in their academic programs at a rate which they desire.
  • To foster scholarly activities appropriate to the nature and the needs of the university.
  • To provide cultural, educational, and professional opportunities and services which enrich the university and the community.


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The University was founded in 1908 as the Oklahoma Industrial Institute and College for Girls. The name was changed informally in 1912 to Oklahoma College for Women which was made official by the state 1916. In 1965 the school became coeducational and the name was once again changed, this time to Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts. In 1974, the name was changed to the current name, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.


The University places an emphasis on its Arts, Humanities and Music programs, but offers a wide spectrum of degrees, including Business Administration, Physics, Education, Psychology, and Mathematics.


Austin Hall

Fourteen buildings on the USAO campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Oklahoma College for Women Historic DistrictOklahoma College for Women Historic District, a collection of PWA buildings designed by different prominent Oklahoma architects, including Solomon Andrew Layton and John Duncan Forsyth, among others.[1][2][3][4]


USAO's colors are green and gold and its mascot is the Drover. The athletics programs attract students from all over the world. Its teams compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference


Housing at USAO

USAO has been rated as one of the best public comprehensive baccalaureate colleges in the western half of the United States for five of the past six years by US News and World Report.[5] It is also the only public college in Oklahoma to make their Best Values list.

Notable alumni

  • Famed Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata (Mary Thompson) graduated from OCW in 1919.
  • Irish professional boxer Oisin Fagan.
  • Charles Neil Rogers, former strength and conditioning coach for The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He graduated from USAO in 2004.


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