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 and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a student to faculty ration of 13:1, you will have the chance to work alongside our facultyto gain real-world experience that will not only prepare you for your chosen career, but will ensure you excel.
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.
We can't wait to meet you! Come see all that USAO has to offer.
"At USAO, I was not a number. I was a student with a face and a name. USAO was home to me. And for an international student like me, that was a major win."
"USAO offered me something that some of the major universities in Oklahoma couldn’t offer, which was small class size, easy access to professors and a small but friendly campus community. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for something outside the norm."
"USAO is a model for what other universities should strive to be: genuinely invested in the future of its students, diverse enough to foster success for all students and committed to being a source of comfort, even long after graduation."
"The IDS courses at USAO prepared me for teaching Kindergarten. I received insight from all kinds of backgrounds and it helped me become a better version of myself."
"My liberal arts education has allowed me to effectively communicate with my fellow coworkers, as well as provide me with the skillset to think critically and to modify methods of care for each individual."
"Interdisciplinary study allows us to discuss and engage a topic from a number of different angles. In doing so, we hope to more realistically represent the complex and changing world in which we live."
"USAO had really great housing and I made friendships that will last way beyond graduation. I walked away from college a better, well-rounded person."
"USAO validated and made real my choice of following an artistic path. I would not be the person or the artist that I am today without the knowledge, discipline and support of the outstanding faculty, staff and students at USAO."
At the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, we are dedicated to assisting all students transitioning from high school to college. We provide a variety of services to our students for FREE to ensure their success!Committed to Success
The only program of its kind in the state, the Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity will assist students with austim spectrum disorder (ASD) in the transition to college life and help ensure postsecondary success.Take the journey
The goal of the Dr. Ada Lois Sipuel Center for Social Justice and Racial Healing is to recognize and hold the values of American democracy and the concept of justice as key principles facilitiating both individuals and groups.Our Mission
The Arts and Humanities Division engages you in the exploration and discovery of what it means to be human through scholarly examination of art, theatre arts, music, philosophy, religion, literature, language and communication.
As a student in the Division of Education and Speech-Language Pathology, you will receive a high-quality liberal arts education combined with teacher preparation that prepares you to be an ethical, effective, informed and reflective educator.
Science and technology influence nearly every facet of the modern world and shape our lives daily. As a student in the Division of Science and Physical Education, we will ensure you are well equipped to examine, understand and apply knowledge to solve new and existing problems.
As a student in the Division of Social Sciences and Business, the study of human behavior, relationships and social enterprises will be your main focus. You will be given access to a deep understanding in history, psychology, sociology, political science, business and economics.
Our core curriculum will introduce you to key ideas across a range of disciplines including history, science, art, mathematics, literature, philosophy, economics, art and theatre. Our curriculum remains as innovative today as when it was created half a century ago.
Not sure what to study? With more than 25 majors and 25 minors you will have the opportunity to explore your options to discover what truly matters to you. Do you have multiple interests? Many students double major while some create their own. No matter what, your USAO degree will prepare you to create a future of your own!