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Oklahoma has more than 133 post-secondary institutions, of which 27 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, 11 are public four-year colleges or universities and three are public community or technical colleges and 13 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 451 online certificate programs, 2,252 online associates programs, 3,699 online bachelors programs, 1,461 online masters programs, 1,775 online professional programs, and 314 online doctoral programs. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from marketing to administrative assistant and secretarial science to forensic science.
Of the online colleges in Oklahoma, the one with the greatest number of programs online is Oklahoma State University, which is a 4-year research university. The school offers 37 online programs in the following subjects:
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Computer Science
- Construction Management
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Education
- Emergency Management
- Health Information
- Human Resources
- Human Services
- Information Systems
- Legal Assisting
- Liberal Arts
- Project Management
Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Public four-year colleges and universities in Oklahoma charged students an average of $3,485 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $1,585 per year. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $9,480 to $28,060 per year.
Each year, college students in Oklahoma received an estimated $10,794,455,084 worth of financial aid to help offset tuition costs. While some of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, nearly 43.17% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. Institutional grants account for a reported 75.97% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited Oklahoma online colleges awarded their students $3,886,965,185 in institutional scholarships and grants.
Job and Careers
Based on the total gross state product for Oklahoma, which was $147.475 billion in 2010, Oklahoma has the 23rd weakest economy amongst the states in the nation.
The state has about 1,483,760 workers employed in the state. The state’s biggest industries are:
- Retail trade
Oklahoma’s retail trade industry employs a reported 12% of all Oklahoma employees. Another 6% are employed in Oklahoma’s financial industry. Also, Oklahoma’s infrastructure industry employs a reported 5% of the total number of Oklahoma employees.
The average wage of Oklahoma employees is less than the average wage for employees across the country. In the US, workers earn around $42,871 annually. However, in Oklahoma, workers earn around $36,940 annually. The median income for employees is $28,890 per year. But, the top 10% of the state’s employees earn over $65,240 per year, while the bottom 10% earn under $16,440. The highest paid employees are obstetricians who can earn up to $219,320 per annum, while the lowest paid employees in the state are cafeteria workers who can earn as little as $16,850 per year. Across the US, obstetricians earn an average annual salary of $210,340. On the other hand, cafeteria workers earn, on average, $19,280 per year around the country.
Oklahoma, named from the Native American Choctaw words meaning “red people”, is located in the Southern region of the United States. It is the 20th largest state in the country, and has an area of 69,899 square miles. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 59°F.
The population of Oklahoma is the 24th smallest in the US. It has an estimated population of 3,751,351 residents residing in its 77 counties. An estimated 42% of Oklahoma’s population is under the age of 30. With approximately 31% of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.
Oklahoma’s capital city is Oklahoma City, which is the largest city in the state, with a population of 579,999 residents. An estimated 6.47% of the state’s residents live in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Oklahoma’s other big cities are Tulsa, Norman, Broken Arrow, and Lawton.
Oklahoma residents normally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the US. According to the 2010 Census, about 20.9% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 4.3% have at least an associates degree, 3.1% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.