Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University is a public university located in Weatherford, Oklahoma. It was established in 1901 as the Southwestern Normal School. SWOSU operates a branch campus in Sayre, Oklahoma. SWOSU offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It is one of seven state regional universities in Oklahoma. The university is organized into the following academic units:

  • Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Associate and Applied Programs
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Professional and Graduate Studies

SWOSU's athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division II's Lone Star Conference. Its official mascot is the Bulldog.

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Southwestern Oklahoma State University
100 Campus Dr
Weatherford , OK 73096-3098
General Phone: (580) 772-6611

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Southwestern Oklahoma State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching299educational administration, educational assessment and testing, special ed, mental retardation education, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, art education, ...
Business and Management169business, business management
Medicine130pharmacy, health professions
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy81parks and recreation management, exercise science, occupational therapist assistant, athletic trainer
Liberal Arts73Spanish language, English, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, political science, history
Therapy and Counseling38psychology, school psychology, physical therapy
Drama and Performing Arts36various performing arts
Nursing and Emergency Medicine32registered nursing
Medical Support and Technology22radiation therapist, medical lab tech, clinical lab tech
Family and Social Work22social work
Science20biology, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering14computer and info science, computer science
Engineering12engineering, engineering physics
Security and Law Enforcement9criminal justice and safety, corrections and criminal justice
Medical Administration7medical records admin
Engineering Technician7industrial tech
Design4design and applied arts

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree58835
Associate's degree1008
Master's degree21410
First-professional degree851

Southwestern Oklahoma State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southwestern Oklahoma State had a total enrollment of 4,989 students (4,561 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 5%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 8%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 26%
20-21 26%
22-24 22%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)1%

Southwestern Oklahoma State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %
Part-Time 41 %

Southwestern Oklahoma State Room and Board (2007)

Southwestern Oklahoma State offers campus housing for 1,279 of its 4,561 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Weatherford, 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.

Southwestern Oklahoma State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1723
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 ACT95%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southwestern Oklahoma State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,536
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,164
Room and board $ 4,065
Room charge $ 1,500
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,400
Books and supplies $ 1,230
Other expenses $ 4,744

Financial Aid:
Southwestern Oklahoma State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 318100)

Southwestern Oklahoma State Faculty

Southwestern Oklahoma State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2515
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3341

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
Associate professorcalendar year3$94,9144$89,970
Assistant professorcalendar year1*3$84,979
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year7$91,1507$87,831

*: 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 year28$73,4879$72,669
Associate professoracademic year13$60,08313$57,509
Assistant professoracademic year34$48,15220$48,134
Instructoracademic year27$43,55940$42,144
All faculty totalacademic year102$55,41182$49,391

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

Southwestern Oklahoma State 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 Sports141630

Southwestern Oklahoma State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Design and Applied Arts, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Physics
Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music, General

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

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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