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Northwestern Oklahoma State University: Narrative Description


709 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, OK 73717-2799
Tel: (580)327-1700
Admissions: (580)327-8550
Fax: (580)327-1881
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 and post-master's certificates. Founded 1897. Setting: 70-acre small town campus. Endowment: $13.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $33,400. Educational spending 2003-04: $4032 per student. Total enrollment: 2,129. Faculty: 145 (68 full-time, 77 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 440 applied, 99% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 28% from top quarter, 57% from top half. Full-time: 1,457 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 425 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 30 other countries, 18% from out-of-state, 3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 26% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, 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 Northern Oklahoma College, Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, minimum 2.7 high school GPA, 3 recommendations. Placement: SAT or ACT required. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. State resident tuition: $2985 full-time, $99.50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7395 full-time, $246.50 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $15 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and student level. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, location, and student level. College room and board: $2920. College room only: $1000. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 43 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Aggie Club, Phi Beta Lambda, Baptist Student Union. Major annual events: Bahama Breakaway, Homecoming, Family Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 806 college housing spaces available; 396 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. J. W. Martin Library plus 1 other with 344,640 books, 1 million microform titles, 3,990 serials, 3,609 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $621,962. 131 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Alva is located in northwestern Oklahoma. The average mean temperature is 59.1 degrees. Rainfall averages 16 inches annually. Local public services include a hospital, many churches, five motels, and active civic and fraternal groups. A movie theatre, golf course, municipal swimming pool, park, picnic areas, lighted baseball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, fishing, and hunting provide recreation and are all easily accessible. Little Sahara State Park and Alabaster Caverns are located approximately 25 miles distant.

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