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East Central University: Narrative Description


1100 East 14th St.
Ada, OK 74820-6899
Tel: (580)332-8000
Fax: (580)436-5495
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1909. Setting: 140-acre small town campus with easy access to Oklahoma City. Endowment: $847,022. Research spending 2003-04: $381,950. Educational spending 2003-04: $1885 per student. Total enrollment: 4,691. Faculty: 203 (157 full-time, 46 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 24% from top quarter, 36% from top half. Full-time: 3,215 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 655 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 32 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 19% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 39% 25 or older. Retention: 62% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: personal/miscellaneous services; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Ardmore Higher Education Center.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Required for some: minimum 2.7 high school GPA, rank in upper 50% of high school class. Entrance: moderately difficult.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $2996 full-time, $99.85 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7169 full-time, $238.95 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $956 full-time, $30.30 per semester hour part-time, $23.50 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $2910. College room only: $1040. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 52 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 8% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: BACCHUS, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Human Resources. Major annual events: Homecoming Week, concerts/plays, movie series. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access. 1,009 college housing spaces available; 677 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Linscheid Library with 171,080 books, 8,308 microform titles, 1,221 serials, 8,955 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $902,753. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Ada is the commercial, industrial, service, and medical center for this area. An EPA world-class groundwater research laboratory (Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory) and the seat of government of the Chickasaw Indian Nation are located in Ada. Ada's primary commercial employers include a cement plant, a plastics molding operation, and petroleum and cattle industries. The climate is temperate with mild winters. The average temperature is 64 degrees. Ada is approximately 90 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Community services include a major regional medical center, thirty churches, and many active civic and fraternal organizations. Local recreational facilities include parks, swimming pools, picnic areas, hiking, golf, fishing, hunting, waterskiing, and tennis.

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