Colleges in Tulsa

Colleges in Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma, is situated on the Arkansas River near the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Known as the “Oil Capital of the World,” the city played a large role in the American oil industry during the 20th century, and continues to today. On top of being the headquarters for many international gas and energy companies, though, it’s economy now includes manufacturing, aerospace, media, and more, as well as 15 higher education institutions to feed the growing industries.

The first institution established in Tulsa was Kendall College back in 1907, which is currently the University of Tulsa, a nationally-ranked private research institution is at home at 233-acres of Tulsa land. The only other private institution in the Buckle of the Bible Belt is Oral Roberts University, a charismatic Christian university founded in 1963.

The two largest institutions with campuses in Tulsa are the Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma, with both serving more than 30,000 students apiece. OSU has three campuses in Tulsa, the OSU Center for Health Sciences, the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and OSU Tulsa, all of which are catered towards upper level undergraduates and graduate students. The OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center works with the main University of Oklahoma campus is Norman and confers degrees at all levels. The OU School of Community Medicine resides there, as well, a unique medical school that focuses on the health of an entire community with special focus on underserved populations. It’s the only medical school of its kind in the nation.

The only historically black institution in the state is Langston University, which was founded in 1897. While the primary campus is in Langston, the university maintains a University Center in Tulsa. The Tulsa Community College is the primary provider for 2-year education in the city. With four campuses in the region, TCC is the largest community college in the state and maintains agreements with several universities in the area, including Langston University. There are also several trade and vocational schools in Tulsa, which are the Spartan School of Aeronautics, Virginia College, Community Care College, and Tulsa Tech.

Tulsa has an extensive highway system, the Tulsa Transit bus network, two international airports serving the community, as well as the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, an inland port that functions as one of the largest riverports in the nation. The primary mode of transport is by automobile, but Tulsa is historically known for low gas pump prices.  

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