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Southwestern Oklahoma State University: Narrative Description


100 Campus Dr.
Weatherford, OK 73096-3098
Tel: (580)772-6611; Admissions: (580)774-3782; Fax: (580)774-3795; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1901. Setting: 73-acre small town campus with easy access to Oklahoma City. Endowment: $9.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $396,532. Educational spending 2002-03: $3713 per student. Total enrollment: 4,741. Faculty: 229 (196 full-time, 33 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 1,470 applied, 93% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 71% from top half. Full-time: 3,737 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 444 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 32 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 6% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 17% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 69% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Academic Common Market.

Entrance Requirements: Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $15. State resident tuition: $1950 full-time, $65 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5850 full-time, $195 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $808 full-time, $31 per hour part-time, $16.50 per term part-time. College room and board: $2910. College room only: $1230. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 66 open to all; national fraternities, local fraternities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Education Association, Baptist Student Union, Southwestern Pharmaceutical Association, Gamma Delta Kappa, Bible Chair Student Union. Major annual events: homecoming, Howdy Week, Panorama events. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 20-hour campus emergency security. 1,255 college housing spaces available; 1,052 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Al Harris Library with 217,051 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 1,230 serials, 6,718 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.5 million. 270 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.

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