EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma is positioned for the future while still firmly rooted in the past. Founded in 1890, UCO is Oklahoma’s oldest institution of higher learning and is currently the state’s third-largest university with nearly 16,000 students.
UCO began as a teachers college but now offers an expanding list of courses designed to meet the changing employment opportunities. The Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO has teamed up with the Academy of Contemporary Music of London to offer a music education for those who want to be in the music business. The academy just celebrated its first graduating class and is seeking to expand its footprint in Bricktown. UCO also recently completed a world-class institute dedicated to forensic science education across the street from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s Forensic Science Center. The Forensic Science Institute is an inclusive training center teaching evidence collection, crime scene preservation, analysis and reporting. The UCO Jazz Lab has been noted as one of the best places in the Oklahoma City Metro Area for live jazz music and is home to the school’s Jazz Studies program. UCO is also an official training site for the U.S. Paralympics, with the men’s and women’s national sitting volleyball teams training on campus, along with Paralympic track and archery athletes. SportsEvents Magazine, a national publication, named UCO in "The Top 50 Places to Watch in 2010.” UCO’s athletic teams and cheer squad have won numerous national titles over the years while many of its graduates have won academic awards and become outstanding leaders in the community. For more information about UCO, go to www.uco.edu.