Northeastern State University

Northeastern State University

Northeastern State University was established in 1851, and has its main campus in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The main campus occupies nearly 200 acres of land. NSU has 2 other campuses in:

  • Broken Arrow
  • Muskogee

Northeastern State University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and pre-professional programs in 5 colleges:

  • Business & Technology
  • Education
  • Health & Science Professions
  • Liberal Arts
  • Optometry

The sports teams of the university are nicknamed the Riverhawks. The university offers a variety of sports such as tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, softball, baseball and football. Melvin Holt, American actor; Shawntel Smith, Miss America 1996; Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ; and Dennis Letts, an American college professor, are some of the notable alumni of this university.

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Northeastern State University
600 N Grand
Tahlequah , OK 74464-2399
General Phone: (918) 456-5511

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Northeastern State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching535curriculum and instruction, educational administration, education of learning disabled, school counseling, adult education, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, ...
Business and Management369business management, operations management, accounting, accounting and finance, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, MIS, marketing ...
Liberal Arts181American studies, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, library science, geography, political science, sociology, ...
Therapy and Counseling121psychology, counseling psychology
Family and Social Work107family and consumer science, social work
Science93biology, chemistry
Security and Law Enforcement92criminal justice and administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy51exercise science
Medical Support and Technology37speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Medicine29optometry, health professions
Media29communication studies, journalism
Engineering Technician29industrial safety tech, engineering technician
Nursing and Emergency Medicine28registered nursing
Hospitality28tourism and travel
Engineering28engineering physics, environmental engineering, engineering management
Art Studies19art studies
Medical Administration9health care facilities management
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Design3design and visual communication
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Northeastern State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,52553
Master's degree26121
First-professional degree271

Northeastern State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northeastern State had a total enrollment of 9,119 students (7,358 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 88%
Graduate 11%
First Professional 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 28%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 14%
20-21 19%
22-24 24%
25-29 17%
30-34 9%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)4%

Northeastern State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 43 %

Northeastern State Room and Board (2007)

Northeastern State offers campus housing for 2,000 of its 7,358 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Northeastern State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1621
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT92%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Northeastern State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,155
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,245
Room and board $ 4,672
Room charge $ 1,992
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,792
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,504

Financial Aid:
Northeastern State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 316100)

Northeastern State Faculty

Northeastern State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3833
Non-tenured and not on tenure track6469

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$108,6464$90,990
Associate professorcalendar year4$73,6404$78,934
Assistant professorcalendar year6$66,7085$66,811
Instructorcalendar year9$55,4252*
Lecturercalendar year3$37,8000*
All faculty totalcalendar year28$69,96115$73,943

*: 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 year37$71,01217$66,160
Associate professoracademic year39$61,06732$55,261
Assistant professoracademic year46$51,34844$46,432
Instructoracademic year27$42,20344$40,251
Lectureracademic year4$34,9985$34,408
All faculty totalacademic year153$56,539142$48,445

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

Northeastern State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

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

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports141630

Northeastern State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Finance
Business Administration and Management, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education

Engineering Physics
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician

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

Tourism and Travel Services Management

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Optometry (OD)

Music, General

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

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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