Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is not only the birthplace of the parking meter and traffic signal--the city is also a major center for the United States' oil industry, the capital of cattle raising, and a major distribution hub. Together, these diverse roles have left Oklahoma City with enough public funding to support a world-class art scene. Oklahoma City is home to the 'Smithsonian of the Southwest,' the Omniplex Museum, and a steady calendar of performing arts events and festivals. Students of Oklahoma City colleges and universities can enjoy both the diversions of a dynamic city and the promise of a thriving job market.
Oklahoma City features an impressive roster of private colleges and universities, led by Methodist-affiliated Oklahoma City University. Oklahoma City University is home to a renowned performing arts program, and hosts many theater and musical events. The public University of Oklahoma maintains various campuses throughout the city. Oklahoma City's diverse higher education scene also supports technical colleges and a number of faith-based liberal arts universities.