Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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709 Oklahoma Boulevard

Alva, OK 73717

Phone: (580) 327-1700
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Universities (West)

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a public institution that was founded in 1897. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,135, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 360 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northwestern Oklahoma State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,054 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $10,987 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a community of learners that includes students, teachers, staff, administrators, and area citizens advancing learning excellence and preparing its members for service as leaders and entrepreneurs in the changing climate of northwest Oklahoma and the world.
The landscape surrounding higher education is continually changing, creating greater challenges, and opportunities, for institutions of higher education. In order to deal effectively with these changes, strategic planning is a highly-important process.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University completed the strategic plan - A Vision for Leadership - in 2010. The plan provided the blueprint for achieving tremendous success in improving curriculum and launching new academic programs, increasing enrollment, building campus infrastructure and increasing external support.

In the fall of 2010, Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, appointed a Strategic Planning Committee to lead the development of a new strategic plan. Dr. Stephen Reno, former chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire and president of Southern Oregon University, assisted the university in the process. With Northwestern's next accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association scheduled for 2014, and work on the self-study document scheduled to begin in 2011, the decision was made to closely align the work of the Strategic Planning Committee and the North Central Steering Committee.

Our new strategic plan, Rising Above, details our work to build upon our past successes and position Northwestern to better serve our students, our communities and the citizens of Oklahoma. We invite you to read our strategic plan to see how Northwestern will thrive in today's challenging times. Please feel free to offer your comments or thoughts on the plan at

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1897
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $12,101,929


When applying to Northwestern Oklahoma State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 27. The application fee at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is $15. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 72 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 72.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 27

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is 20:1, and the school has 47.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northwestern Oklahoma State University include: Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 7%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%

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Student Life

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,135, with a gender distribution of 46.2 percent male students and 53.8 percent female students. At this school, 55.8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 44.2 percent of students live off campus. Northwestern Oklahoma State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,294
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and placement service. Northwestern Oklahoma State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 62.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $5,054 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $10,987 (2013-14)
Room and board $3,900 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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