Even though Oklahoma public schools often rank near the bottom of the list across the country, our higher education outlets fare much better.

The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa, and OKC University all rank in the America Top 200... but the Sooner State is also home to one of the lowest-ranked colleges in the nation.

Bacone College is the oldest university in Oklahoma, founded in 1880 as Indian University by Baptist missionaries and served as a higher learning institution for a student body majority of Native Americans throughout its history.

Why is it ranked so low?

According to the rankings, Bacone College is ranked among America's worst colleges based on two metrics.

Even though the college accepts 50% of applicants, the graduation rate is a paltry 15%. The cherry on top is graduate pay. The average graduate who completes a degree at Bacone is expected to make less than a $35,000 salary six years after graduation.

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That's not the only trouble for Bacone...

While Bacone is still a private university, it's about to change hands due to a court order on unpaid bills.

Bacone hired an HVAC company out of Utah recently to improve the campus, but since the college apparently doesn't have the money to pay the company, Midgley-Huber Energy Concepts has won a judgment to have the school auctioned off to settle the $1.6 million debt.

This year's long debacle will conclude with an auction on Thursday, December 14th, 2023.

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What does this mean for Bacone College?

There really is no telling what will happen to Bacone or its current 100-ish student body.

The school has been asking for funds from Oklahoma tribes for a few years with no result, but that doesn't mean it's the end for the Sooner State's oldest university. Perhaps this foreclosure and auction could bring about a new start for the failed institution.

Only time will tell.

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Top 20 Oklahoma Towns Most Hated by Okies

Oklahoma spends quite a bit of time talking about why we don't like everywhere else. Like Sooner fans and people in Southern OK talk trash on Texas, Northern OK hates Kansas, Eastern OK isn't fond of Arkansas, etc... but what about our own state?

I ran across a dead thread on liberal Facebook--AKA--Reddit where people were talking in detail trying to rank the worst cities in the state. While you may not agree politically with your fellow statesmen, you really can't defend a lot of this. Here's the list for least worse to absolute worst as voted by them.

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Top 10 Snobbiest Towns & Cities in Oklahoma

Don't shoot the messenger. I'm not calling these places snobby, the internet is. A recent report by Roadsnacks.net identified 10 of the snobbiest towns and cities in Oklahoma. The methodology behind the study used median household incomes, the percentage of the population with college educations, and median home prices in determining just how snobby a town or city is. Most would agree with the results below. Unless you live in one of these places, then you may disagree. Also, keep in mind this list was all done in good fun. Sure there's some truth to the findings but like most places, you'll find both good and bad. Keep scrolling to check out Oklahoma's top 10 snobbiest towns and cities to see if your hometown made the list.

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20 Worst Places To Live In Oklahoma

Contrary to popular belief, Oklahoma is growing. People are seeking a more affordable life, less big city, more room to grow, and the Sooner State fits that bill better than you think.

Our slow and steady growth year-over-year has gotten enough national attention to garner all sorts of new studies in the state, including this one.

Here are the 20 worst places to live in Oklahoma based on cost of living, crime rates, poverty stats, low wage issues, and more.

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