December 19, 1890

Only months after the Organic Act established Indian and Oklahoma Territories, the First Oklahoma Territorial Legislature founded three public universities- the University of Oklahoma in Norman on Dec. 19, 1890, Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) in Stillwater on Dec. 25, 1890, and Central State Normal School (now the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond on December 24, 1890.

University of Oklahoma, photograph, August 16, 1907; The Gateway to Oklahoma History; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

Learn more about the history of public higher education in Oklahoma at the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Also, read more about the history of University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma on their websites.