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Western Oklahoma State College: Narrative Description


2801 North Main St.
Altus, OK 73521-1397
Tel: (580)477-2000
Admissions: (580)477-7720
Fax: (580)477-7723
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 142-acre rural campus. Endowment: $2.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2376 per student. Total enrollment: 1,919. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 494 applied, 100% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 50% from top half. 5 valedictorians. Students come from 30 states and territories, 1 other country, 3% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 10% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 65% 25 or older. Retention: 50% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs. Off campus study at all state institutions in the Oklahoma Higher Education Televised Instructional System.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. State resident tuition: $2043 full-time, $68.10 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4,952 full-time, $165.05 per semester hour part-time. College room and board: $4400.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: national fraternities; 4% of men are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Senate, Behavioral Science Club, Aggie Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, organizational competitions, basketball games. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. 96 college housing spaces available; 83 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Learning Resources Center with 33,000 books, 1,000 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $254,402. 50 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:

Altus is an urban community served by bus, railroad, and major interstate highways. The climate is temperate. The community has one hospital, a public library, many churches, and recreational facilities.

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