East Central University

East Central University

East Central University is a four-year public university located in Ada, Oklahoma. ECU was established in 1909 as the East Central State Normal School. After a few name and status changes, it was finally granted the status of a university in 1974. The university offers more than 65 academic majors, including over 10 teachers certifications. It also offers distance learning programs. ECU is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Educations and Psychology
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Health and Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • The School of Business

ECU's athletic teams are known as the Tigers. They compete in the NCAA Division II and are members of the Lone Star Conference.

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East Central University
1100 E. 14
Ada , OK 74820-6899
General Phone: (580) 332-8000

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East Central University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching310special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, physical education teaching, reading teaching, school librarian
Family and Social Work157family and consumer science, human services, social work
Liberal Arts86Native American studies, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, cartography, political science, sociology, history
Business and Management81business management, accounting
Nursing and Emergency Medicine57registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy45health and physical education
Science44biology, chemistry, physics
Security and Law Enforcement29criminal justice and administration
Medical Administration22medical records admin, environmental health
Therapy and Counseling22psychology, psychology courses
Media15mass communication
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science
Law10legal assistant
Art Studies9art studies
Music7music performance
Medical Support and Technology3clinical lab tech
Office and Administration2office management

Number of programs and degrees for East Central University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree65434
Master's degree2689

East Central University Student Body

In 2007-2008, East Central University had a total enrollment of 4,463 students (3,841 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 23%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 69%
Black 4%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 0%
American Indian 22%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 17%
20-21 21%
22-24 20%
25-29 15%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

East Central University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %
Part-Time 38 %

East Central University Room and Board (2007)

East Central University offers campus housing for 1,086 of its 3,841 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Ada, Oklahoma for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oklahoma Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

East Central University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1621
ACT Composite1822

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT100%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

East Central University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,271
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,286
Room and board $ 5,136
Room charge $ 1,600
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,480
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 4,542

Financial Aid:
East Central University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 315400)

East Central University Faculty

East Central University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1615
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2625

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year2*0*
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$55,3632*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year33$64,67422$62,655
Associate professoracademic year15$54,9879$53,062
Assistant professoracademic year26$47,25419$47,616
Instructoracademic year16$42,94321$42,472
All faculty totalacademic year90$54,16371$51,445

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

East Central University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Lone Star Conference
Basketball Lone Star Conference
Baseball Lone Star Conference
Track Lone Star Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports61117

East Central University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Services, General
Social Work

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
American Indian/Native American Studies
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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What Sets East Central University Apart:

% of degrees in family and social work
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Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 9%East Central University % of degrees in education and teaching
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
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Top 14%East Central University % of accepted students who choose to enroll
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Top 17%East Central University Number of students

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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