Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University, also known as NWOSU, was established in 1897. Initially founded as a normal school, the institute became the Northwestern State Teachers College in 1919, and the Northwestern State College in 1939. It was finally on the 16th of August, 1974, that the institute was named the Northwestern Oklahoma State University. It is a public institution and is located in Alva, Oklahoma. Apart from the main campus, the institution has two satellite campuses located in Woodward and Enid.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University awards bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 40 areas of study. Courses are also offered in various pre-professional fields. NWOSU is organized into the following schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Professional Studies

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University participates in a wide variety of sports including cross country, golf, soccer, and basketball. The university's sports teams are nicknamed the Rangers. They compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Sooner Athletic Conference, and the Central States Football League.

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Contacting Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Northwestern Oklahoma State University
709 Oklahoma Blvd
Alva , OK 73717-2799
General Phone: (580) 327-1700

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching117education of learning disabled, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Business and Management67business management, electronic commerce, accounting
Therapy and Counseling53psychology, counseling psychology
Liberal Arts33Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, political science, sociology, history
Agricultural Science and Management21agricultural operations
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy19recreation and leisure studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine18registered nursing
Security and Law Enforcement15criminal justice and police, security and protective services
Media12communication and journalism
Family and Social Work10social work
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science
Mathematics1mathematics and statistics

Number of programs and degrees for Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree32030
Master's degree625

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northwestern Oklahoma State University had a total enrollment of 2,030 students (1,717 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 74%
Part-Time 26%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 4%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian 5%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 20%
20-21 23%
22-24 24%
25-29 10%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 43 %

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Room and Board (2007)

Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers campus housing for 832 of its 1,717 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Alva, 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 19 meals per week.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal380460
SAT Math360480
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1622
ACT Composite1722

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 SAT4%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,247
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,478
Room and board $ 3,560
Room charge $ 1,300
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,260
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,700

Financial Aid:
Northwestern Oklahoma State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 316300)

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Faculty

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Associate professorcalendar year0*3$87,550
Instructorcalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*5$79,693

*: 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 year7$63,9259$64,162
Associate professoracademic year8$52,7164$54,952
Assistant professoracademic year10$46,0657$44,720
Instructoracademic year14$37,29422$39,468
All faculty totalacademic year39$47,48642$47,109

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

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Central States Football League
Basketball Sooner Athletic Conference
Baseball Sooner Athletic Conference
Track Sooner Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports022

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
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
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics and Statistics, Other

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

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

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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