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Oklahoma Schools

The field of academia is a thriving field in Oklahoma. The trends in Oklahoma's academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Oklahoma By Profession

1,610 1,640 1,556 1,638
336 276 252 234
1,797 1,795 1,790 1,765
1,295 1,384 1,417 1,506
1,681 1,718 1,751 1,766
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

There are 145 colleges and universities in Oklahoma. In 2006 there were 6,719 higher education faculty at these institutions. In 2009 there were 6,909 higher education faculty at these institutions.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 3%.

Average faculty salaries in Oklahoma

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in Oklahoma is $51,444 per year. This is less than faculty salaries in the rest of the country, which average $57,293 per year. And generally, in Oklahoma, male faculty earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Oklahoma

No data at this time.

Of the 5,739 college faculty in Oklahoma, 45% are tenured. Another 26% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Oklahoma by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Oklahoma Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 3.25% 8.07% 7.82%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Oklahoma
  • Light Blue: National

Interestingly, in Oklahoma the number of part-time faculty has grown from 2006 to 2009 by 5%. Similarly, the number of full-time faculty in the state has also grown by 5%. This shows that in academia in Oklahoma, working full-time is becoming more popular.

National Vs. Oklahoma Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 8.68% -0.76% 5.35%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Oklahoma
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Oklahoma

No data at this time.

And of those who were working on a part-time basis in 2009, 13% identified themselves as belonging to an ethnic or racial minority. While 16% of those who were working on a full-time basis identified themselves as being from an ethnically diverse background.

Part time faculty minorities in Oklahoma

No data at this time.

National Vs. Oklahoma Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 6.98% 16.42% 21.44%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Oklahoma
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in Oklahoma has increased by 24%. This is consistent with national statistics, which show that of the 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally in 2006, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background, while of the 855,625 faculty working in 2009, 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Oklahoma by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Oklahoma by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Oklahoma Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 3% 2.38% 4.52%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Oklahoma
  • Light Blue: National

While the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in Oklahoma, the percentage of women has decreased. National trends are inconsistent with this. On a national level, the number of women faculty at institutions of higher learning has increased by 9% between the years 2006 and 2009.

National Vs. Oklahoma Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 8.71% 6.57% 9.48%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Oklahoma
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Oklahoma Faculty employment by Gender

National Oklahoma
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 46%
Women 54%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Oklahoma


Consistent with the growth in the number of collegiate-level faculty in Oklahoma, the number of students studying in institutions of higher learning has also increased in the state.

Currently Oklahoma has 24,894 graduate students and 211,791 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Oklahoma

9214 9760 9473 9722 9508
18102 17495 18181 18243 17747
404 406 544 574 1531
5192 5115 5152 5481 5591
8909 9024 8552 9598 10490
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Oklahoma


In 2009, 14,152 students graduated from colleges and universities in Oklahoma. Of these students, 40% graduated from bachelors degree programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Oklahoma


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Oklahoma.

Retention rates in Oklahoma

Returning Students 64%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

It is interesting to note that for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs in Oklahoma, only 64 students return to school the following year and 52 eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Oklahoma

Graduation Students 52%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Oklahoma Students By Gender

National Oklahoma
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 44%
Women 56%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Similar to the faculty population in Oklahoma, the student population is not very diverse. Of the 236,685 students studying in Oklahoma's institutions of higher learning, 56% are female, and 26% are from an ethnic or racial minority. National statistics are consistent with these numbers. Around the country, 58% of the student population is female and 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority group.

National Vs. Oklahoma Students Minorities

National Oklahoma
Minorities 29%
Minorities 26%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Oklahoma

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  1. Oklahoma Business Schools92,323 Employed
  2. Oklahoma Teaching Schools90,067 Employed
  3. Oklahoma Engineering Schools52,948 Employed
  4. Oklahoma Art Schools24,593 Employed
  5. Oklahoma Liberal Arts Schools24,409 Employed
  6. Oklahoma Music Schools24,077 Employed
  7. Oklahoma Information Systems Schools23,467 Employed
  8. Oklahoma Biology Schools23,348 Employed
  9. Oklahoma Psychology Schools22,347 Employed
  10. Oklahoma Law Schools21,333 Employed
  11. Oklahoma Management Schools19,718 Employed
  12. Oklahoma Business Administration Schools18,422 Employed
  13. Oklahoma Finance Schools16,561 Employed
  14. Oklahoma Communications Schools15,644 Employed
  15. Oklahoma Educational Leadership Schools15,172 Employed
  16. Oklahoma Math Schools14,849 Employed
  17. Oklahoma Information Technology Schools14,747 Employed
  18. Oklahoma English Schools14,400 Employed
  19. Oklahoma Physics Schools14,366 Employed
  20. Oklahoma Counseling Schools13,715 Employed
  21. Oklahoma Journalism Schools13,688 Employed
  22. Oklahoma Criminal Justice Schools13,398 Employed
  23. Oklahoma Design Schools11,791 Employed
  24. Oklahoma Nursing Schools11,457 Employed
  25. Oklahoma Accounting Schools11,021 Employed
  26. Oklahoma Architecture Schools10,501 Employed
  27. Oklahoma MBA Schools10,054 Employed
  28. Oklahoma History Schools9,434 Employed
  29. Oklahoma Early Childhood Education Schools9,164 Employed
  30. Oklahoma International Business Schools9,097 Employed
  31. Oklahoma Elementary Education Schools8,872 Employed
  32. Oklahoma Chemistry Schools8,715 Employed
  33. Oklahoma Theology Schools8,554 Employed
  34. Oklahoma Sociology Schools7,850 Employed
  35. Oklahoma BSN Schools7,846 Employed
  36. Oklahoma Forensic Nursing Schools7,846 Employed
  37. Oklahoma RN to BSN Schools7,846 Employed
  38. Oklahoma Political Science Schools7,589 Employed
  39. Oklahoma Human Resources Schools7,540 Employed
  40. Oklahoma Marketing Schools7,339 Employed
  41. Oklahoma Veterinary Schools7,204 Employed
  42. Oklahoma Public Health Schools6,957 Employed
  43. Oklahoma Special Education Schools6,798 Employed
  44. Oklahoma Fire Science Schools6,069 Employed
  45. Oklahoma Mechanical Engineering Schools6,043 Employed
  46. Oklahoma Computer Networking Schools5,572 Employed
  47. Oklahoma Hospitality Schools5,408 Employed
  48. Oklahoma Biomedical Engineering Schools5,358 Employed
  49. Oklahoma School Psychology Schools5,340 Employed
  50. Oklahoma Speech Therapy Schools5,286 Employed
  51. Oklahoma Drafting Schools5,273 Employed
  52. Oklahoma Public Relations Schools5,199 Employed
  53. Oklahoma Human Services Schools4,942 Employed
  54. Oklahoma Visual Communications Schools4,873 Employed
  55. Oklahoma Computer Science Schools4,810 Employed
  56. Oklahoma Graphic Design Schools4,750 Employed
  57. Oklahoma Construction Management Schools4,611 Employed
  58. Oklahoma Nutrition Schools4,541 Employed
  59. Oklahoma Social Work Schools4,528 Employed
  60. Oklahoma Health Science Schools4,479 Employed
  61. Oklahoma Healthcare Management Schools4,454 Employed
  62. Oklahoma Electrical Engineering Schools4,334 Employed
  63. Oklahoma Biochemistry Schools4,314 Employed
  64. Oklahoma Civil Engineering Schools4,312 Employed
  65. Oklahoma Small Business Schools4,099 Employed
  66. Oklahoma Property Management Schools3,999 Employed
  67. Oklahoma Radiology Technology Schools3,964 Employed
  68. Oklahoma Advertising Schools3,919 Employed
  69. Oklahoma Creative Writing Schools3,692 Employed
  70. Oklahoma Gerontology Schools3,304 Employed
  71. Oklahoma Interior Design Schools3,274 Employed
  72. Oklahoma Business Management Schools3,270 Employed
  73. Oklahoma Computer Engineering Schools3,181 Employed
  74. Oklahoma Film Schools3,149 Employed
  75. Oklahoma Sports Medicine Schools3,042 Employed
  76. Oklahoma Surgical Technology Schools2,931 Employed
  77. Oklahoma Healthcare Administration Schools2,931 Employed
  78. Oklahoma Video Production Schools2,830 Employed
  79. Oklahoma Culinary Schools2,555 Employed
  80. Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Schools2,540 Employed
  81. Oklahoma Organizational Psychology Schools2,408 Employed
  82. Oklahoma Public Administration Schools2,385 Employed
  83. Oklahoma Respiratory Therapy Schools2,382 Employed
  84. Oklahoma Computer Programming Schools2,289 Employed
  85. Oklahoma Sports Management Schools2,132 Employed
  86. Oklahoma Physical Therapy Assistant Schools2,131 Employed
  87. Oklahoma Risk Management Schools2,019 Employed
  88. Oklahoma Health Information Management Schools1,979 Employed
  89. Oklahoma Dental Hygienist Schools1,852 Employed
  90. Oklahoma Forestry Schools1,636 Employed
  91. Oklahoma Web Design Schools1,591 Employed
  92. Oklahoma Physical Therapy Schools1,535 Employed
  93. Oklahoma Health Information Schools1,500 Employed
  94. Oklahoma Carpentry Schools1,479 Employed
  95. Oklahoma Sonography Schools1,433 Employed
  96. Oklahoma Ultrasound Technology Schools1,433 Employed
  97. Oklahoma X Ray Technician Schools1,355 Employed
  98. Oklahoma Fashion Marketing Schools1,354 Employed
  99. Oklahoma Supply Chain Management Schools1,228 Employed
  100. Oklahoma Hotel Management Schools1,192 Employed
  101. Oklahoma Web Development Schools1,053 Employed
  102. Oklahoma Paralegal Schools901 Employed
  103. Oklahoma Fashion Schools890 Employed
  104. Oklahoma Forensic Science Schools863 Employed
  105. Oklahoma Animation Schools817 Employed
  106. Oklahoma Computer Animation Schools817 Employed
  107. Oklahoma Video Game Design Schools817 Employed
  108. Oklahoma Christian Counseling Schools629 Employed
  109. Oklahoma Homeland Security Schools576 Employed
  110. Oklahoma Physician Assistant Schools492 Employed
  111. Oklahoma Court Reporter Schools480 Employed
  112. Oklahoma Ministry Schools440 Employed
  113. Oklahoma Clinical Psychology Schools381 Employed
  114. Oklahoma Criminology Schools357 Employed
  115. Oklahoma Medical Coding Schools329 Employed
  116. Oklahoma Fashion Merchandising Schools124 Employed
  117. Oklahoma Mental Health Schools104 Employed
  118. Oklahoma Emergency Management Schools67 Employed
  119. Oklahoma Restaurant Management Schools14 Employed

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