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600 N Grand
Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399
p. 918-456-5511
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Northeastern State University

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Introduction

Northeastern State University, also known as NSU, is the oldest post-secondary institution in the state of Oklahoma. A public university located at the base of the Ozark Mountains in Tahlequah, the school also operates branches in Muskogee and Broken Arrow in addition to its main campus.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, NSU has a “three-fold mission of teaching, research, and public service.” It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.

History

The university has a unique history. The Cherokee National Female Seminary was created in 1851, prior to Oklahoma’s statehood. In 1909, state legislature approved a normal school for Tahlequah and purchased land, buildings and equipment from the seminary. The normal school became Northeastern State Teachers’ College in 1921 and transitioned into a state college offering a comprehensive curriculum in the 1950s. The university received its current name in 1985.

Academics

Students can pursue both undergraduate and graduate programs at Northeastern, which is comprised of the following colleges and departments:

  • College of Business and Technology
  • College of Education
  • College of Extended Learning (Continuing Education)
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science & Health Professions
  • College of Optometry
  • Graduate College

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in subjects including accounting, art, biology, criminal justice, education, environmental science, general studies, history, mathematics, Native American studies, nursing, optometry, social work, special education, theatre, and more.

Graduate degrees, some with particular concentrations, are offered in over 15 areas. These include master’s level programs in American studies, communication arts, English, business administration, education, counseling psychology, accounting and financial analysis, library media and information technology, and criminal justice. There are no academic doctoral degrees; the Doctor of Optometry is offered through the College of Optometry.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Northeastern State College of Optometry was established in 1979. It is one of just 14 schools in the nation that offers a doctorate in Optometry.

Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

NSU applications can be submitted online. In addition to a completed application, prospective students must submit their high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. Students who are still enrolled in high school at the time of application must have final transcripts sent to the Admissions Office after graduation.

In general, students must have a high school diploma from an accredited school or GED equivalent as well as a high school GPA of 2.7 better or a score of 20 or higher on the ACT. To be considered for admission, students must also successfully complete the following high school courses: 4 units of English; 3 units of laboratory science; 3 units of mathematics; 3 units of history and citizenship; and 2 units of electives selected from the subjects listed above, computer science, or foreign language.

Transfer students and international students will have additional requirements; the Admissions Office can supply further details and information.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate school applications can be submitted online. Prospective graduate students are advised to consult the department to which they are applying for a full list of prerequisites and requirements. Basic requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher along with acceptable GRE, GMAT, or other standardized test scores. The graduate school application deadline is generally one month prior to desired term of entrance, but some programs have earlier dates and/or limited availability.

Financial Aid

Students who seek financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Common types of aid awarded to undergraduates include grants, scholarships, and loans. Students who meet GPA and ACT score requirements may receive 4-year academic scholarships from the university. Some students with good academic standing and financial need may also be eligible for a partial tuition fee waiver. Work-study programs and part-time on-campus employment for students who do not meet federal work-study requirements are also available.

Native American students can contact their tribal higher education office for more information about scholarships or grants available to Native Americans. Approximately one-fourth of NSU students identify themselves as Native American.

Qualified graduate students may benefit from teaching or research assistantships, which often include a stipend and waiver of tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult their individual department as to applying for assistantships or fellowships.

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Students

Living on campus in one of the university’s residence halls is recommended. Research has found that residential students tend to have higher GPAs and are more likely to graduate than commuter students.

There are things to do on all NSU campuses throughout the year. Events and activities include homecoming, football games and other athletic events, career fairs, lectures, concerts, festivals, theatrical performances, family days, and more.

Student life includes a variety of ways to get involved outside of the classroom. Campus is home to fraternities, sororities, academic groups, religious groups, and shared interest clubs, such as the Social Dance Society, the Kindred Spirits Gospel Choir, the Chess Club, and the Fashion Association.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Northeastern is an NCAA Division II School. The NSU RiverHawks (known as the Redmen until 2006) compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Men’s sports include football, basketball, baseball, golf, and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, softball, golf, soccer, and tennis. The RiverHawks are supported by the spirit squad, which includes a co-ed cheerleading team, dance team, and mascot, Rowdy the RiverHawk.

Athletic facilities include a fieldhouse, stadium, baseball field, and soccer and softball fields.

Among the championships and awards that NSU athletics have received are a division championship in men’s basketball in 2003, conference and national championships in football, a women’s basketball division championship, and two women’s conference championships in tennis.

Local Community

Tahlequah, Oklahoma has a population of approximately 15,000. The city is the capital of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians as well as the Cherokee Nation.

Annual events include a balloon festival and the Cherokee National Holiday. The nearby Illinois River and Lake Tenkiller both offer outdoor recreational activities.

The Iguana Cafe, located next to campus, is a popular eatery among students. There are several other restaurants located on or near campus. Ned’s and Granny’s Attic are two nightspots frequented by the NSU community.

Information Summary

Ranks 9th in Oklahoma and 941st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Oklahoma and 93rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.03
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18 0.19
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 35 0.38

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population27,711 (16,264 urban / 11,447 rural)
Households10,423 (2.50 people per house)
Median Household Income$25,381
Families6,743 (3.09 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4002

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1809th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,915 $3,915 $10,935
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,077 $1,077 $1,077
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $166 $166 $400
FT Graduate Tuition $3,029 $3,029 $7,709
FT Graduate Required Fees $646 $646 $646
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $204 $204 $464
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $14,298 $14,298 $21,318
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,652 $17,652 $24,672
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,112 $11,112 $18,132

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Optometry Degree — Tuition $14,300 $28,675
Optometry Degree — Required Fees $1,005 $1,005

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,602 $4,857 $4,602 $4,857 $11,127 $11,607
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,380 $5,914
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,570 $1,580
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,020(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,000 $4,058
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,840 $3,898

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,889 (820 male / 1,069 female)
Admitted 1,386 (592 male / 794 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 847 (380 male / 467 female)
FT Enrollment 829 (374 male / 455 female)
PT Enrollment 18 (6 male / 12 female)
Total Enrollment8,548

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc

ACT Test Admission

988th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,857
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,380
Board Fee$3,106

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 35 84 52 17 354 1,161 26 1,828
Accounting 1 4 3 2 11 52 75
Accounting and Finance 1 2 9 1 13
American Indian/Native American Studies 3 1 1 5
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1 2
Area Studies, Other 2 2
Art Teacher Education 1 1 3
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 10 13
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 9 15 31
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 5 2 23 48 2 86
Business Administration and Management, General 12 1 1 3 34 2 55
Chemistry, General 1 1 3 9 14
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 4 8 13
Computer Science 1 1 6 15 24
Counseling Psychology 1 2 5 16 1 25
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 15 1 18
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 13 3 2 27 77 2 132
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 2 3 28 3 38
Curriculum and Instruction 1 5 7 13
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 2 4 10
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 5
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 11 48 61
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 1 1 3 16 23
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 3 2 11 16
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 18 78 2 105
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1 6 7
Engineering/Industrial Management 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 6 39 2 52
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 2 13 1 19
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1 4
Environmental Science 1 2 4
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 3 1 11 48 64
Finance, General 2 2 2 6 13 28
General Studies 6 20 50 83
Geography 1 5 6
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 2 2
Health Services Administration 3 2 6 14 29
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 2 2
History, General 2 5 8
Indian/Native American Education 1 1
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician 1 2 1 13 21 40
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 3 4
Journalism 2 2 6 16 29
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 6 2 12 36 1 64
Library and Information Science 1 4 24 1 32
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 8 9
Management Information Systems, General 1 2 2 8 1 15
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 2 1 9 18 1 38
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 1 5 13 21
Mathematics, General 1 13 14
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 5 8 14
Music Teacher Education 2 2
Music, General 1 6 7
Natural Sciences
Nursing Education 1 5 1 7
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Operations Management and Supervision 1 2 1 1 8 24 40
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 4 10 15
Political Science and Government, General 2 2 3 8
Psychology, General 1 10 2 3 32 76 1 131
Reading Teacher Education 1 1 7 47 57
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 2 1 8 27 1 42
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 2 4 10
Social Studies Teacher Education 4 6 11
Social Work 8 4 8 28 50
Sociology 1 1 2
Spanish Language Teacher Education 3 3
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 3
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 1 10 1 16
Speech Teacher Education
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 5 21 30
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 1 2 10 14
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1 2 3 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2452nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,462 ($61,648 male / $50,066 female)
Number of FT Faculty 328 (165 male / 163 female)
Number of PT Faculty 554
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $8,686,297
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