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USAO IS ONE OF AMERICA’S OLDEST PUBLIC LIBERAL ARTS SCHOOLS, PROVIDING A PRIVATE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AT A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY PRICE STUDENTS FROM 57 OK COUNTIES 22 STATES 19 COUNTRIES

90% 24 ACT HIGHEST ADMISSIONS STANDARDS IN OKLAHOMA, REQUIRING A

THE ONLY UNIVERSITY IN OKLAHOMA TO RECEIVE AN “A” GRADE FROM THE NATIONAL WHAT WILL THEY LEARN? INITIATIVE FOR SUPERIOR CURRICULUM

15:1

STUDENT-TO-PROFESSOR RATIO

OF FACULT Y MEMBERS HOLD THE HIGHEST DEGREE IN THEIR FIELD AND NO TEACHING ASSISTANTS TEACHING CLASSES


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RANKED IN THE TOP LIBERAL ARTS UNIVERSITIES GRADUATING STUDENTS WITH THE LEAST DEBT (U.S. News & World Report)

USAO AWARDS

#1 MOST AFFORDABLE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY ON KIPLINGER’S BEST VALUES IN PUBLIC COLLEGES LIST

FOUR OUT OF FIVE STUDENTS AT USAO RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID MONEY

$2.5M SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS TO STUDENTS EVERY YEAR

ON AVERAGE, SCHOLARSHIPS & AID COVER

65% 0F TOTAL COST TO ATTEND USAO

including tuition, housing, meal plan and fees


T HE

world is complex and the challenges facing this generation reflect that complexity. Isn’t it time for an educational approach that does as well? USAO’s interdisciplinary core curriculum is not just a bundle of general education requirements with a fancy name. Our Interdisciplinary Studies (or IDS) program is a carefully designed sequence of courses that incorporates many academic traditions while building connections between them. These classes are generally team-taught by two or more professors from different disciplines. The IDS program is the spine that has held USAO’s liberal arts mission upright for 50 years.

Skills Courses Orientation Rhetoric Writing I Writing II Math in the Modern World

ARE THE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF WEOKLAHOMA

– one of the oldest public liberal arts colleges in America. Our graduates are living proof that the liberal arts model will enable you to learn, exercise critical thinking and communicate. Within one year of graduation, a higher percentage of graduates from USAO are employed than from any other university in Oklahoma. Wherever your path in life leads, the skills you gain here are time-tested and designed to last. This is why USAO is recognized by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni as one of only 19 universities nationwide meeting the highest standards in requiring every student to have a solid foundation in math, science, literature, history and other core subjects. Learn more about our academic programs online at usao.edu/academics

Majors Ideas Courses: The Self The Individual in Contemporary Society Concepts of Health and Fitness Physical Activity Artistic Expression

Ideas Courses: The Natural World Foundations of Physical Science Foundations of Life Science Foundations of Science Lab

American Indian Studies Art (Bachelor of Art) Art (Bachelor of Fine Arts) emphases in painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, graphic design, computer graphics, photography, and drawing

Biology Business Administration Chemistry Communication Drama (Theatre Arts) emphases in performance, technical theatre, musical theatre, dramatic literature, theatre management, theatre history

Early Childhood Education Economics

Ideas Courses: The Community and the Nation

emphases in social science and business

American Civilization I American Civilization II Political and Economic Systems and Theories

Education of the Deaf Elementary Education English History Mathematics Music

Ideas Courses: The World of Ideas World Thought and Culture I World Thought and Culture II World Thought and Culture III Senior Seminar or Honors Senior Seminar Learn more about interdisciplinary studies online at usao.edu/usao-ids

emphases on performance, fine & performing arts, studio teaching or music business & industry with specializations in voice, piano, instrumental and composition

Natural Science Physical Education Physics Political Science Psychology Sociology Speech-Language Pathology

Undergraduate Preparation for Professional School Pre-Dentistry Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Veterinary Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy

Teacher Certification Art Business Education of the Deaf Early Childhood Education Elementary Education English Math Music instrumental or vocal

Physical Education Science Social Studies


Honor Societies Alpha Lambda Delta Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre) Beta Beta Beta (Biology) Hypatia Kappa Delta Pi (Education) Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences) Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science) Psi Chi (Psychology) Sigma Tau Delta (English) Who’s Who

Academic Clubs American Sign Language Club (ASL) Art Club Biology & Associated Sciences Club (BASC) Classic Genre Club Communication Club Drama Club History Club Math Club National Speech, Language & Hearing Association (NSLHA) Philosophy Club Psychology Club Sociology Club “Sprench” Club (Spanish/French) Student National Education Association (SNEA) Students Against Trafficking University Musicians (UM) Women in Science (WIS)

Our Mission: The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the state’s public liberal arts college. Its mission is to provide the public with a distinctive and accessible liberal arts and sciences education. In combining an interdisciplinary core curriculum with superior instruction in major fields of study, USAO aims to provide a thorough education that prepares students for meaningful, purposeful lives.


res-life • 206-beds, three-story residence hall • men and women in separate wings • newly renovated • double suite-style rooms • laundry facility • furnished with extra-long twin-size beds • local phone line with voice mail, computer network access and cable • tobacco-free • nine-month housing contracts

13’ 1.5”

13’ 1.5” bed

bed

bed

bed

20’5”

12’.75”

Find more information about housing online at usao.edu/res-life

Sparks Amenities

6’

SPARKS HALL offers comfortable living with convenience. Located next to the Student Center which houses the USAO Bookstore, cafeteria, and Dusty’s, Sparks is at the center of campus life! Students may bring a microwave and minirefrigerator.

9’3”

7’5”

9’3”


IT’S THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. Enjoy the Lawson Clubhouse • University Post Office • hair salon with tanning beds • outdoor swimming pool • 16-seat reservable theatre • pool table • laundry facility

Lawson Amenities • 2- and 4-bedroom furnished apartments • nine- and twelve-month contracts • fully-equipped kitchen • cable TV hookup and computer network connection • private local phone line with voice mail • ceiling fan, full-size bed and chest of drawers • computer desk and chair • living rooms furnished with a couch, chair, coffee and end tables • dining table with seating • two-bedroom apartments include a bathroom with two vanities • four-bedroom apartments offer two bathrooms with four vanities • patio or balcony area • self-controlled central heat/air system • open visitation policy • tobacco-free

8’ 10.75”

9’ 5.5”

8’ 8.75”

9’ 3.5”

kitchen bedroom

bedroom

16’ 9”

bedroom

bedroom living room

15’ 6”

12’ 3”

9’ 7.75”

5’ 6”

5’ 6”

independence of apartment living with the convenience of living on campus. Completed in 2002, Lawson Court houses 300 students in a three-building, three-story complex with the Lawson Clubhouse at its center.


Special Interest Clubs Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) Democracy Matters Drover Nation Spirit Club Feminist Collective Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) The Guild Inter-Tribal Heritage Club Literary Initiative Team Club (L.I.T. Club) Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL) Residence Hall Association (RHA) Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club Secular Student Alliance Sierra Club-Student Coalition Student Association (SA) Student Activities Board (SAB) USAO Ambassadors USAO Drover Dancers USAO Share Dancers (Ballroom Dancing) Volunteer Action Council (VAC) Young Democrats Zombie Survivalist Club

Fraternities And Sororities Em Hi Sorority Sigma Psi Omega Sorority Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity

Campus Ministries Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) Chi Alpha (XA)

SAB Events

Student Services Events

Welcome Week Clubs & Organizations Socials Homecoming Week Spring “Feaver� Week Droverstock Music Festival Finals Week Survival Events

Student Orientation Student Success Series Leadership Conferences Career Services Workshops Drover Difference Day The Minerva Awards


Leadership Development

student life

AT USAO, THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE ENDLESS!

We work hard to keep the calendar filled with exciting – and, yes, intellectually stimulating – events to get you out of your room and having fun year-round. Popular events include dramatic and musical productions, Inter-Tribal Heritage Club powwows, guest speakers, entertainers, concerts and sporting events. With more than 40 clubs and organizations from which to choose, your campus experience is customized according to your interests — whether you are brainy, social, political or fun loving. There’s a place for you. If you’re looking for somewhere to hang out and relax, there are plenty of places on campus to spend time with friends. The Drover’s Den is a great spot to watch movies, TV or play video games. If you prefer to be more active, get ready to spend lots of time in our new state-of-the-art Nobbs Wellness Center.

Other popular campus hangouts include Lawson Clubhouse, Dusty’s, Station 82 and the Fieldhouse, which features a basketball court and indoor swimming pool that’s open all year. You can also find a variety of activities on the campus oval, including intramural sports, concerts and dances. USAO’s Student Association and Student Activities Board host events year-round that will give you the opportunity to get to know your classmates and have a great time. We are committed to creating a vibrant, residential college experience. Find more information about student services at usao.edu/current-students.

USAO offers leadership development opportunities for emerging and current student leaders to prepare for leadership roles on campus, in the community and around the world. Students will engage in a combination of theoretical and practical experiences to gain a more meaningful understanding of leadership topics and have an opportunity to join the Leadership Academy Program. The Leadership Academy is open to all students with leadership interests.

Student Success Series Student Services offers a series of interactive workshops and presentations to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful at USAO. Students will have the opportunity to enhance and learn new skills through the Student Success Series (SSS). SSS will provide students with the opportunity to learn about academic success, career opportunities, health and wellness, goal setting and much more.

Volunteer Opportunities Students can take part in many volunteer programs while at USAO. Two popular opportunites are Drover Difference Day and Volunteer Action Council. Drover Difference Day is our annual, large-scale day of service. Students volunteer throughout the Chickasha community, reflect on their service experience and provide feedback about what they learned, all while helping others. Volunteer Action Council (VAC) is a student-led committee within USAO’s Student Association. VAC is responsible for planning, promoting and executing volunteer activities for the USAO student body and the Chickasha community.

Symposia And Festivals Advancement Events

Performing Arts Events

Liberal Arts Symposium Symposium on Citizenship & Public Service Summer History Lecture USAO Festival of Arts & Ideas Davis~Waldorf Performing Arts

Drama Productions Showband Vocal Jazz Ensemble Key Players Concert Choir Concert Band

Our tri-annual symposia bring internationally-recognized thinkers and doers to campus, giving our student body unprecedented access to some of the greatest minds of our time through lectures, panel discussions and workshops. Previous guests include E.O. Wilson, Minnijean Brown Trickey and Margaret Atwood. USAO also hosts a four-part performing arts series that brings celebrated musicians, actors and dancers to the stage of Te Ata Memorial Auditorium and into the classroom to entertain as well as educate.


athletics F OUR WORDS

— the four essential values of our university — grace the center of the college seal: physical, spiritual, mental and social. USAO offers extracurricular programs that engage students in expanding their health, competitiveness, sportsmanship and social skills. We take pride in developing scholar-athletes who demonstrate the valued relationship between academics and athletics — a relationship that characterizes the great liberal arts colleges. USAO’s sports teams have achieved national success and compete among the elite teams in small college athletics. The Drover men’s and women’s soccer teams recently won the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championships, representing the university and the conference in the NAIA National Tournament. The men’s basketball team made it to the NAIA National Championship in both 2001 and 2002, bringing home the title in 2002. The Drover softball team also has competed in the national tournament, while USAO baseball has represented the school in regional tournaments. And these are just a few of the Drovers’ successes. Each of our coaches is committed to establishing nationally-known athletic programs that compete for conference and national championships on a regular basis.

USAO

“I like because it’s a smaller college where I can play two sports, travel overseas, work with Student Government and double major.” Tashina Ototivo / Psychology and Music

Intercollegiate • • • • • • • • usao.edu/sports

Men’s soccer Women’s soccer Men’s cross country Women’s cross country Men’s basketball Women’s basketball Baseball Softball

Intramural • • • • • •

Flag football Basketball Soccer Sand volleyball Tennis Golf


paying for college PRIVATE EXPERIENCE, PUBLIC PRICE. THAT’S USAO.

USAO

is the only Oklahoma institution included in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and one of only 20 on that list to make it into the “Least Debt” category. More than 70% of USAO alumni graduated with no debt. USAO offers the small classes, highly-qualified faculty and institutional commitment to undergraduate education that you’d expect from a small private college, but it is surprisingly affordable. At Oklahoma’s premier public liberal arts college, in-state tuition and fees are less than $5,400 annually. This is possible because USAO is both a small liberal arts college with higher admission standards and a publiclysupported state university. Born to innovate, USAO delivers the quality you’d find at a private college — at a price you’d find in a state school. Maybe that’s why USAO has earned a national reputation for quality and value. Our reputation for high quality and great value is important to us. You will find solid, helpful information every day in USAO’s Financial Aid Office. Helping you maximize your financial aid resource potential is our first priority. Be sure to complete your application by February in order to be considered for our best scholarships. Find more information about scholarships and financial aid at usao.edu/financial-aid/student-scholarships-2012-2013.


history USAO

was founded in 1908 as a women’s college. It was the first state college created by Oklahoma’s first State Legislature. When the legislature voted to create a women’s college, it also appropriated $100,000 for the campus’ first building. Today, this three-story structure is Troutt Hall, the home of USAO’s administrative offices. In 1910, it housed not only classrooms, but also the library, gymnasium, dining hall, kitchens and a few dormitory rooms that were supplemented by three rented houses in town. In all, eight of USAO’s historic buildings were born in the fertile mind of renowned early Oklahoma architect Solomon Andrew Layton, who designed the State Capitol. In March 1920, the Oklahoma College for Women (OCW) was accredited by the North Central Association of Universities and Colleges, which this institution has proudly maintained without interruption ever since. For more than 50 years, OCW served the people of Oklahoma and beyond as one of the finest public women’s colleges in the nation. The 1960s ushered in change all across the country and OCW led the way with dramatic shifts in its focus while maintaining the integrity of its mission. In 1965, the college was declared coeducational. OCW’s educational emphasis on the liberal arts was retained and the name of the school changed to the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts (OCLA). An unusual degree of cooperation between faculty and the student body led to the development of the Interdisciplinary Studies core (IDS), a revolutionary way of approaching general studies that remains at the foundation of the USAO experience today. In 1974, the state government mandated that all baccalaureategranting institutions should be called universities while two-year schools would remain known as colleges. Thus, the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts was reborn as the University of Science and Arts. Despite its legacy of transformation, USAO has served the same mission for nearly a century: delivering a high-quality liberal arts education. Our focus remains exclusively on superior undergraduate education.


Because of this institution’s historic state significance and uncompromised architectural integrity, the Oklahoma College for Women National Historic District was listed by the U.S. National Park Service on the National Register of Historic Places in October 2001. USAO is the only college or university in Oklahoma to achieve this status. Our rich history demonstrates our commitment to progress. In 2005, under the leadership of President John Feaver, USAO embarked on the ambitious 10-year Mission Enhancement Plan. This plan included being admitted into the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, achieving a student-faculty ratio of at least 16:1 and reaching an average freshman ACT score of 24. The university met and surpassed its projections for the halfway mark in 2010. Join her on a quest to set new standards for public higher education in the 21st century while honoring a legacy that stretches back to statehood. Read more about our history online at usao.edu/legacy

legacy When Robert Heidlage crossed the stage in April 2012, he became the fourth generation in his family to attend USAO. The Heidlage legacy spans nearly 80 years. At right is his grandmother, Patsy Jo, who attended the Oklahoma College for Women, like her mother. His dad, at left, also named Robert, attended the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts in the 1970s.


Under our Mission Enhancement Plan, which was emphatically endorsed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, our admission standards were raised to match the highest of any university in Oklahoma. We set out to provide all the tools that enterprising students would need to succeed: small classes, great housing, accessible faculty and hightech access. This plan was designed to make USAO one of Oklahoma’s premier institutions, attracting the best and brightest students and providing an affordable alternative to pricey, private institutions elsewhere.

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HEN we look back over the long history of this institution, one theme emerges from the rolling tide of years: transformation. It took a bold sense of the future for the citizens of Chickasha to look around at their blossoming community in the first year after statehood and see a future where women from all over the state would come here to receive a first-rate education. It took courage to boldly reimagine one of the state’s most venerated institutions and not only make it coeducational but imbue it with a renewed sense of purpose that brought the cross-discipline approach of a true liberal arts education to the forefront in the Interdisciplinary Studies program that has been the core of our mission for more than 50 years. When I was named president of this university in 2001, it was with no small sense of responsibility that I pondered our best course forward into the 21st century. Having served on both the faculty and administration here for over 20 years, I knew our history, our capabilities and the amazing accomplishments of our alumni. The momentum to merely keep a sturdy vessel moving on her current path was at my disposal.

We set measurable goals for ourselves and I’m proud to report to you that every one of our fi veyear goals were met and surpassed. As a result, I can present you with the opportunity to attend a state school with the intimacy of a 75-acre, small-town campus, around 1,000 students; an average class size of 15 students; a faculty where nearly 90 percent hold a terminal degree; and a century-long history of liberal arts education. Similar schools exist, but they are almost invariably elite private schools, not a state-supported institution that is financially within reach of anybody with the desire to learn. But our work here is in no way finished. In order to fulfill our mission, we must continue to recruit the very best students and work tirelessly to provide them with the education as well as the educational environment that their academic ambitions demand. If you are looking for an institution as unique as you are, a school that devotes itself to developing your potential and helping you reach your ultimate success, congratulations, you’ve found it. Sincerely,

But that is neither the legacy of this university nor of her students and graduates. So, in 2005, after extensive consultation with faculty, administrators, students and alumni, we embarked together on a new journey – an audacious re-invention of Oklahoma’s only public liberal arts college.

John Feaver | President University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma


CAMPUS MAP 1. 49er Chapel Bridge 2. Addams Hall (historical) 3. Alumni Chapel 4. Art Annex (ceramics, sculpture) 5. Austin Hall (natural and applied sciences) 6. Ballroom 7. Bill Smith Ballpark 8. Bookstore 9. Canning Hall (education of the deaf) 10. Davis Hall (arts, social sciences) 11. Davis Hall Theater 12. Drover Gen Energy Lab 13. Gary Hall (education, speech-language pathology) 14. Greek Theater 15. Jourdan House (president’s home) 16. Lawson Court Apartments 17. Maintenance Office 18. Nash Library 19. Nesbitt Gallery 20. Owens Flag Plaza 21. Physical Education (fitness, classrooms) 22. Fieldhouse 23. Robertson Hall (historical) 24. Soccer Field 25. Soccer Practice Field 26. Sparks Hall (residence hall) 27. Steam Plant 28. Stevens Alumni House 29. Student Center (student services,cafeteria) 30. Swimming Pool 31. Te Ata Memorial Auditorium 32. Tennis Courts 33. The Circle 34. Troutt Hall (administration) 35. Willard Hall (historical)


FOUR EASY STEPS

TO BECOME A

Drover!

1.

Schedule your campus tour today. You can call the Office of Admissions or make your appointment online at usao.edu/visit-usao.

2.

Apply. You can apply online at usao.edu/apply and we will waive the $40.00 application fee!

3.

Turn in additional documents. We will need the following documents from you to complete your application:

Freshmen – ACT scores and high school transcript Transfers – All transcripts from any colleges attended. Some transfers may need to turn in ACT scores and high school transcripts if bringing in less than 24 credit hours.

4.

Enroll. Once you have been admitted you can call the Office of Admissions or make an appointment online to schedule your enrollment.

UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA 1727 W. ALABAMA | CHICKASHA, OK 73018 (405) 574-1357 1-800-933-8726 usao-admissions@usao.edu droverU.com


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