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OSU to launch free concurrent online courses for Oklahoma high school seniors

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Cowboy Concurrent Online is the first of its kind from a four-year public university in Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University will launch the state's first free online concurrent enrollment program for Oklahoma high school seniors from a four-year public university beginning this fall.

Concurrent enrollment occurs when high school students take college classes before completing high school. Through funding provided by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the OSU Foundation, the new Cowboy Concurrent Online courses at OSU will be offered 100% free of charge to Oklahoma high school seniors admitted to OSU as concurrent students. High school juniors will pay a discounted rate of $775 per course. Students will pay for any textbooks or additional course materials, if required. Out-of-state high school juniors and seniors are also eligible to enroll in the courses, at a discounted rate of $900 per course.

“We commend the Oklahoma legislature, current and past governors, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for making concurrent enrollment a funding priority,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “Taking college classes while still in high school increases access to higher education, reduces a student’s overall time to degree, improves student success and lowers the costs borne by Oklahoma families.”

While concurrent enrollment has rapidly expanded in Oklahoma in recent years, OSU’s offering is the first in the state from a four-year public university to be 100% online and 100% free for high school seniors. Beyond the state’s contribution for a student’s tuition costs, many Oklahoma colleges have further incentivized concurrent enrollment by reducing fees and, in many cases, by physically teaching in nearby high schools. Cowboy Concurrent courses are offered online to give students all over the state, including rural areas, access to concurrent enrollment through OSU.

Cowboy Concurrent Online general education courses will be offered in six subject areas: American Government, American History, English Composition, Mathematics, Introductory Psychology, and Media in a Diverse Society. Classes will be limited to 35 students or less which will provide a level of support and quality instruction by a four-year public university to prepare students for rigorous coursework in their future degree programs.

There will be a limit of 500 total students admitted to the Cowboy Concurrent Online coursework. The reduced rates apply to the Cowboy Concurrent Online classes only. The application for concurrent admission is now open.

To learn more about Cowboy Concurrent Online, visit 


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