Higher Education

Chickasha is home to one of Oklahoma’s premier universities, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. As the state’s only public liberal arts college, it is a beacon of creativity in the pursuit of enlightenment. Here, students are encouraged to explore, innovate and develop the skills necessary to compete in our modern global economy.

For professionals and locals looking to enhance their skills, the Canadian Valley Technology Center provides a variety of courses and programs designed to provide students with the real-world skills they need to compete today. Local businesses win by working with CVTC and using them as a workforce training resource.

In Chickasha

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

USAO History

Celebrating a century of service as Oklahoma's only public liberal arts college, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma – nationally ranked for quality and value – is a recognized leader and innovator in interdisciplinary studies.

Like the best private liberal arts colleges, USAO offers small classes, award-winning faculty committed to teaching (91 percent have the terminal degree), and a campus culture that fosters close faculty-student interaction and undergraduate research opportunities. USAO dedicates itself to educating the whole student, encourages personal development through public service, and offers nationally ranked teams in five sports.

The college was founded in 1908 as a women's institution, Oklahoma College for Women (OCW), the first college created by Oklahoma's first legislature. USAO is one of only seven state institutions with similar missions ever created in the United States. Other than the University of Oklahoma, USAO has the oldest original mission of any state college or university in Oklahoma. Located in Chickasha, USAO is the only Oklahoma college to be named a National Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.


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.

As the state's sole public liberal arts college, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma provides a distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences, supporting both its interdisciplinary core curriculum and major fields of study with superior teaching. Through its inclusive learning environment, USAO fosters diversity of thought and practice to help students realize meaningful, purposeful and productive lives as global citizens in a rapidly changing world. 


Canadian Valley Technology Center

Canadian Valley Technology Center provides high-tech educational opportunities for high school students, adults, small businesses and large corporations.

Since 1970, Canadian Valley’s Business and Industry Services (BIS) team has helped Canadian, Grady, and a part of Oklahoma County businesses increase productivity, growth and profits, by providing effective, cost-cutting services and training solutions.


Small Colleges and Universities Within 45 minutes of Chickasha