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Northeastern State University: Narrative Description


600 North Grand
Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399
Tel: (918)456-5511
Fax: (918)458-2342
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1846. Setting: 160-acre small town campus with easy access to Tulsa. Endowment: $780,030. Research spending 2003-04: $592,531. Educational spending 2003-04: $3679 per student. Total enrollment: 9,562. Faculty: 480. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 2,202 applied, 86% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 73% from top half. Full-time: 6,677 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 1,866 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 44 other countries, 0.1% from out-of-state, 29% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 35% 25 or older, 16% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Required: high school transcript, ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/5. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $3000 full-time, $100 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7350 full-time, $245 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course level, course load, and location. Part-time tuition varies according to course level and course load. College room and board: $3080. 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: 80 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 3% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Major annual event: homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,700 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. John Vaughn Library with 424,818 books, 742,695 microform titles, 3,983 serials, 6,804 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.3 million. 534 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

In a region of lakes within the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Tahlequah is the former capital city of the Cherokee Indian Nation. There are many historic sites and artifacts in the area. The city is accessible by five highways. Community services includes several churches of various denominations, two hospitals, two libraries, and a museum. Apartments provide student housing. There are various civic and fraternal organizations within the city. Limited part-time employment is available for students. Local recreational facilities include boating, fishing, hunting, water skiing, and swimming.

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