Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) is proud to announce that the U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, has recognized it as one of the top regional universities in the West and one of the top public schools in the West, according to their 2024 Best Colleges report.

This year, SWOSU achieved a significant improvement in its rankings. In the “Regional Universities- West” category, the university was ranked #64, a notable jump from our previous ranking of #71. In the “Top Public Schools: Regional Universities- West” category, SWOSU now ranks #33, up from our #37 ranking last year. (story continues below)

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These rankings are particularly meaningful this year as the U.S. News & World Report placed greater importance on social mobility and student outcomes. This achievement reflects our dedication to providing an exceptional education that leads to success for our students.

In the Western region, SWOSU competes with 120 other universities, including those within the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO). Notably, Northeastern State University secured a ranking of #62, and the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) secured a ranking of #67 in the “Regional Universities- West” category. In the “Top Public Schools: Regional Universities- West” category, Northeastern State University placed #31, and UCO placed #35.

The U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings are determined based on key characteristics, such as information regarding majors, campus life, and more. They also use data provided directly by the institutions, with statistics that are not available to and from external sources. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics provides information about graduation rates, retention rates, and expenditures.

For more information about SWOSU, visit . To see the 2024 U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” lists, visit .

About Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) has proudly stood on the hilltop in Weatherford, Oklahoma since its establishment in 1901. Offering over 100 affordable undergraduate and graduate programs across three locations in Weatherford, Sayre, and Yukon, SWOSU provides a diverse range of academic opportunities with high-quality education to its students. The university boasts a vibrant community of more than 5,000 scholars and over 200 dedicated faculty and staff. With strong academic programs and a commitment to excellence, SWOSU continues to be a top choice for students seeking a quality education.