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At public institutions beginning this fall, students will see an average 5.2% spike in tuition and mandatory fees for the 2012-2013 academic year, approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in June. The regents report the increase will be an average of $7 per credit hour. This was in response to record enrollments, rising operational costs over previous years and a reduction in the state appropriation.

The University of Oklahoma increased tuition by 3%, compared to other state universities’ increase of 6% for undergraduates, the regents report. Oklahoma State University will raise tuition by 2.8% at its Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, while community college students can expect to see an average 5% increase.

“Our goal is to provide students with a quality education at an affordable cost, and our institutions are doing everything they can to reach that goal through cost savings and efficiencies,” says Regents Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Johnson
cites a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report that shows Oklahoma ranks
seventh in the nation in college affordability. State law requires
tuition at public institutions remain below the regional average. The
increases are smaller this year compared to the last academic year,
which saw the average increase in tuition at state schools at 5.9% and
about 6.6% at community colleges.

“This modest increase in tuition and fees will help our institutions meet their mandatory fixed costs,
which continue to increase,” Johnson says. “Our institutions will
continue to improve the way they prepare students to succeed in college,
provide academic programs that respond to the needs of business and add
value to Oklahoma’s economy.”

A
snapshot of private universities around the Oklahoma City metro area
shows some did not increase tuition at all. Oklahoma City University and
Oklahoma Christian University both reported no increase, but Southern
Nazarene University reported an increase of 6.9%.

In
February, OCU officials announced there would be no increase in tuition
from the 2011-2012 academic year to the 2012-2013 academic year.

“By
keeping tuition, student fees and university housing charges under
control, students will have greater financial flexibility in the coming
year,” says OCU President Robert Henry. “One of the advantages of being a
small, private university is our ability to quickly implement decisions
that best meet the needs of our students.”

Oklahoma Christian University

Tuition: $24,975 (including 17 credit hours tuition, room, board, fees, macBook)

Increase in tuition from last year: none. net cost decreased slightly while number of hours per semester increased by two.

Fall 2011 enrollment: 2,116

Undergraduate programs offered: 70-plus

Top undergraduate degree programs: engineering, business, biology/pre-med

Southern Nazarene University

Tuition: $28,774

Increase in tuition from last year: 6.9%

Fall 2011 enrollment: 2,042

Undergraduate programs offered: 70-plus

Top undergraduate degree programs: teacher education, kinesiology, business and nursing

New
or expanding programs for 2012-13: Will introduce a fully online
associate’s degree, as well as several other online options including a
master’s in business administration.

Oklahoma City Community College

Tuition: $2,970

Increase
in tuition from last year: 4.21% ($3 per credit hour increase in
tuition and $1 per credit hour increase in student activity fee)

Fall 2011 enrollment: 14,963

Undergraduate programs offered: 120

Top undergraduate degree programs: liberal studies, nursing, business

New or expanding programs for 2012: none

Oklahoma City University

Tuition: $24,740

Increase in tuition from last year: none

Fall 2011 enrollment: 2,835

Undergraduate programs offered: 72

Top undergraduate degree programs: nursing, music, dance performance

New
or expanding programs for fall 2012: Petree College of arts and
Sciences is offering a new bachelor’s of arts or bachelor’s of science
in addition to addiction prevention studies. the Meinders School of
Business, in consultation with Oklahoma City executives in the oil and
gas industry, has developed a new master of science in energy legal
studies.

Rose State College

Tuition: $2,955

Increase in tuition from last year: 5.3%

Fall 2011 enrollment: 8,150

Undergraduate programs offered: 40-plus

Top
undergraduate degree programs: nursing, liberal studies, business
transfer (a program that allows rose State students to stay on campus
and earn a bachelor’s degree from UCO)

New
or expanding programs for Fall 2012: Cyber security is expanding
following a grant from the national Science Foundation to train more
cyber security workers.

Langston University (Oklahoma City)

Tuition: $101.85 per credit hour

Increase in tuition from last year: n/a

Fall 2011 enrollment: main campus 2,048, OKC 360, Tulsa 432

Number of undergraduate programs offered at LU-OKC: 7

Top undergraduate degree programs: corrections/criminal justice, organizational leadership, psychology

New or expanding programs for 2012-13: n/a

University Of Oklahoma

Tuition: $7,340.50

Increase in tuition from last year: 3%

Fall 2011 enrollment: 30,753 (includes Norman, health Sciences Center, Tulsa and off-campus students)

Undergraduate programs offered: 163

Top undergraduate degree programs: nursing, psychology, accounting

New
or expanding programs for Fall 2012: Price College of Business will add
an energy management executive MBA option. College of architecture will
add an online degree option to the graduate program in construction
management. College of architecture also will add a new Ph.D. program in
planning, design and construction.

University Of Central Oklahoma

Tuition: $5,091

Increase in tuition from last year: 6.8%

Fall 2011 enrollment: 17,239

Undergraduate programs offered: 121 majors in 65 programs

Top undergraduate degree programs: business administration, nursing, mass communication

New
or expanding programs for fall 2012: graduate-level nursing, human
communication, secondary education, public administration, gerontology
and bilingual education/teSl; new majors at the graduate level include
forensic psychology. at the undergraduate level, marketing has expanded
to include professional selling.

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Tuition: $2,587.20

Increase in tuition from last year: 2%

Fall 2011 enrollment: 7,721

Undergraduate programs offered: 40-plus

Top
undergraduate degree programs: nursing, bachelor’s of technology in
emergency responder administration, police science management and
enterprise development

New or expanding programs for Fall 2012: EMT-basic and early care expansion

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