Tulsa ranks as No. 297 in ‘best and worst college cities’

In a national study, Tulsa ranked No. 297 overall in WalletHub’s 2018’s Best and Worst College Towns and Cities. Tulsa ranks No. 55 among large size cities. Lawton is No. 140, Norman is No. 182 and Stillwater is No. 60. Edmond ranks as No. 177.

College application season is in full gear and college living costs average $24,980 per student for nine to 12 months. WalletHub compared more than 400 U.S. cities – also grouped by city size – based on 28 indicators of academic, social and economic growth potential. The data set ranges from cost of living to quality of higher education to crime rate.

Student-Friendliness of Tulsa (1=Best; 208=Avg.)

  • 94th – Cost of Living for Young People
  • 152nd – Quality of Higher Education
  • 225th – Cost of Higher Education
  • 70th – Nightlife Options per Capita
  • 353rd – % of Part-Time Jobs
  • 253rd – Brain Drain
  • 350th – City Accessibility
  • 378th – Crime Rate
  • 211th – Percentage of Rental Units
  • 375th – Students per Capita

“One of the most important steps in the process is the campus visit, which often includes a tour of the city or town that will serve as the student’s home for several years,” according to the report. “Experts have argued that a school’s geographical location is just as important as a strong curriculum and supportive school environment to a student’s academic success and personal development.”

Location is a critical factor in picking a college.

“The college choice process is complicated, as shown through decades of research documenting and theorizing the influences on the higher education decisions of students and families,” said associate professor Mark M. D’Amico of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “Some of the foundational influences are students’ academic background and costs. Therefore, the importance of the city in which the college is situated may play out in different ways for different student subpopulations. For the students most sensitive to college expenses, such as low-income and many first-generation college students, the top influence of a city may be whether the student already lives there.”