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Stillwater, OK 74078-1015
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Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

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Introduction

Oklahoma State University—Stillwater is the flagship campus of the Oklahoma State University System. The largest university in Oklahoma, serving over 23,000 of the entire system’s 35,000 students, the campus is informally known as OSU, O-State, and OKState.

OSU awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. Home to several nationally renowned colleges and departments, the school has earned numerous awards and honors since its inception.

History

The Oklahoma Territorial Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M) was established as a land-grant institution in 1862, but its first classes were not held until 1891. Students met in local churches until the first classroom building was completed on campus in 1894.

As campus expanded and a broader curriculum was offered at the school, Oklahoma A&M changed its name to Oklahoma State University of Agricultural and Applied Sciences in 1957. The name was shortened in 1980.

Academics

Oklahoma State’s Stillwater campus consists of the following divisions:

  • College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Graduate College
  • Honors College
  • Spears School of Business
  • Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in more than 180 different disciplines, including agriculture, economics, education, entomology, forestry, plant and soil sciences, engineering, art history, creative writing, French, human development and family science, mathematics, political science, theatre, and construction management technology.

Master’s degrees are awarded in a number of fields, including agriculture, forest resources, communications sciences and disorders, English, physics, sociology, accounting, community counseling, physical education, teaching, learning, and leadership, engineering, natural and applied sciences, international studies, and veterinary biomedical sciences.

Doctoral degrees are awarded in a variety of programs, including crop sciences, English and other arts and humanities, education, business, engineering, and veterinary biomedical science. The university also offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree (DO). Students in the veterinary school can earn a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) as part of a dual program with a master’s or doctoral degree.

Associate degrees and a few bachelor’s degrees are offered at the OSU campuses in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Okmulgee, where the emphasis on the smaller campuses is on career and technical education.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The university’s Sun Grant Research Initiative program, established by Congress to research and develop sustainable “green” energy alternatives, is one of just five in the country.

The Fire Protection Publications and International Fire Service Training Association, both at OSU, produce more fire and emergency services guidebooks than any publisher on the continent.

Admissions

Undergraduate applications are accepted through the month prior to the semester a student wishes to enroll, yet applying as early as possible is recommended. In addition to a completed application and required application fee, students must also submit official high school transcripts along with ACT or SAT scores.

All prospective students must be a high school graduate or posses a GED. Applicants who are currently in high school must have final transcripts sent to the school after graduation. Core high school course requirements include four units of English, three units of mathematics, three units of history and citizenship skills, two units of laboratory science, and three additional units from the previous categories and/or computer science and/or a foreign language.

The Alternative Admission program is for students who may fall just short of the stated admissions requirements. There is also a Summer Provisional Program for students who enroll immediately following high school graduation.

Prospective graduate students may apply by submitting the graduate school application and accompanying fee, official transcripts, and any materials required by the individual department or program to which they are applying. such as standardized test scores and letters of recommendation.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible OSU students. Common types of aid that are awarded include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs.

Along with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and possession of a diploma or GED, OSU requires all financial aid recipients be registered with the Selective Service and not be in default on any previous student loan programs. Students must also complete loan entrance and loan exit counseling when borrowing money to pay for college.

The university awards a variety of need- and merit-based institutional scholarships each year. These include awards for future freshmen and transfer students, future and current graduate students, and students pursuing degrees in veterinary medicine.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4390th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Oklahoma State is home to more than 350 recognized student organizations and a massive Student Union. Every year, incoming freshman students join in “Camp Cowboy,” the University’s three-day orientation period that immerses students in OSU culture.

Students are encouraged to live in campus residence halls. In addition to the camaraderie and friendships that result, research has found that college students who live on campus tend to earn better grades and become more involved in non-academic activities than students who choose to commute.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Oklahoma State is an NCAA Division I school and a member of the Big 12 Conference. Oklahoma State Cowboys — women’s teams are called the Cowgirls — athletic programs include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, track & field, wrestling, equestrian, soccer, softball, and swimming.

One of the Cowboys’ biggest rivals are the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Spirit groups include a cheerleading squad, a pom squad, a marching band, and the mascot “Pistol Pete.” The caricature of Pistol Pete was based on a real cowboy, Frank Eaton, who was present at various Oklahoma State University events during his lifetime.

Oklahoma State University teams have won more than 50 NCAA national championships. The baseball team has been in the College World Series 19 times.

Sports facilities include an arena, track and field center, a soccer complex, an equine center, a golf course, softball and baseball stadiums, and a tennis complex.

Traditions

The OSU fight song and alma mater are both sung with reverence at each football game. The university also makes a place for the Oklahoma state song, securing the institution’s connection to its home.

An age-old legend and tradition ingrained in the life of every OSU student is the legend of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton. The University’s mascot, Pistol Pete, is named after this famed gunslinger from the Old West and is a source of great pride for every OSU student and alum.

One of the newest and most exciting traditions is The Walk, which as initiated by football coach Les Miles and continues with current head coach Mike Grundy. The night before each home football game, the OSU team walks down Hester Street to the football stadium, led by the current coach and accompanied by the marching band and cheerleaders. Students and fans join their team in this game day trek, making it one of the most spirited traditions in school history.

Local Community

Stillwater, located in north central Oklahoma’s “Tornado Alley,” is home to over 46,000 residents. OSU is the city’s largest employer.

The Downtown Stillwater organization is part of a network of “downtown associations” that aim to preserve their communities’ heritage through maintaining downtown squares, storefronts, and thoroughfares. These days, downtown Stillwater is a pleasant place to shop, eat, or just see the sights.

Information Summary

Ranks 4th in Oklahoma and 354th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Oklahoma and 288th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 14 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 51 0.21
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.01
Arrest 119 0.49

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 78 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 9 0.02
Robbery 14 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 262 0.57
Larceny 1,067 2.31
Vehicle theft 51 0.11

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

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 District4003

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 998th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,425 $4,425 $17,010
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,017 $3,017 $3,017
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $148 $148 $567
FT Graduate Tuition $4,272 $4,272 $17,472
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,413 $2,413 $2,413
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $178 $178 $728
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,842 $21,842 $34,427
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,842 $21,842 $34,427
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,312 $13,312 $25,897

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $15,048 $36,321
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $2,337 $2,337

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,107 $7,442 $7,107 $7,442 $18,455 $19,457
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,040 $1,080
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,100 $8,350
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,540 $4,730
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,100 $8,350
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,540 $4,730
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,540 $4,730

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 11,064 (5,406 male / 5,658 female)
Admitted 8,411 (4,014 male / 4,397 female)
Admission rate 76%
First-time Enrollment 3,872 (1,845 male / 2,027 female)
FT Enrollment 3,713 (1,763 male / 1,950 female)
PT Enrollment 159 (82 male / 77 female)
Total Enrollment26,073

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 Big Twelve Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big Twelve Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big Twelve Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Twelve Conference

ACT Test Admission

235th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

378th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 27%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1010 / 1220

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 Capacity6,729
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,880
Board Fee$2,650

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 389 151 178 72 233 3,346 151 4,818
Accounting 7 8 5 8 12 168 2 220
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 2 2 7 2 3 46 3 70
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 1 1 2 1 31 1 39
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Communication/Journalism 1 39 1 42
Agricultural Economics 7 1 2 7 78 4 101
Agricultural Engineering 3 3 2 28 38
Agricultural Public Services, Other 6 15 22
Agricultural Teacher Education 3 20 1 26
Agriculture, General 5 1 4 23 1 39
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1 12 15
Animal Sciences, General 1 2 10 129 6 160
Architectural Engineering 1 1 4 7
Architecture 2 1 1 26 33
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies, General 1 8 45 1 61
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 2 16 1 22
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
Biochemistry 8 4 2 2 18 3 42
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 5 5 26 5 46
Botany/Plant Biology 4 1 5
Business Administration and Management, General 17 17 18 4 20 355 10 468
Business/Managerial Economics 6 2 3 15 4 33
Chemical Engineering 15 3 5 1 32 1 57
Chemistry, General 1 1 6 8
Civil Engineering, General 17 1 1 3 27 2 52
Computer Engineering, General 1 2 7 12
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1 1 11 1 15
Computer and Information Sciences, General 14 1 2 2 1 12 4 38
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 1
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 1 3 30 2 41
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 2 5 30 1 41
Creative Writing 4 4
Curriculum and Instruction 1 3 1 30 2 38
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 2 13 17
Ecology 1 2 1 3 34 45
Economics, General 1 2 1 14 18
Education, General 1 6 1 4 2 15
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 22 24
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 1 1
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 11 13
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 38 3 3 2 26 1 79
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 14 16
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 10 122 2 142
Engineering, Other 1 5 3 4 2 26 42
Engineering/Industrial Management 1
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 4 4 46 60
Entomology 1 1 5 7
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2 2 4 2 2 24 1 39
Environmental Science 2 1 3 28 37
Environmental Studies 2 2
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 2 2 1 5
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 3 4
Finance, General 9 3 6 2 4 58 3 92
Financial Mathematics 2 1 3 6
Financial Planning and Services
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 1 2 1 1 34 2 44
Fire Services Administration 3 1 3 3 10
Food Science 2 7 1 11
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 3 5 4 92 1 117
French Language and Literature 1 1
General Studies 15 4 1 9 85 10 131
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 1 5 7
Geography 2 8 11
Geology/Earth Science, General 6 1 37 1 48
German Language and Literature
Gerontology
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1 6 8
History, General 2 1 26 32
Horticultural Science 2 9 12
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 20 2 4 1 2 42 73
Housing and Human Environments, General 1 2 3 4 55 3 75
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 9 3 1 6 104 130
Industrial Engineering 31 1 1 2 2 24 1 64
Information Technology 34 1 4 2 1 63 1 113
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 1 3 2 2 24 2 37
International/Global Studies 15 4 1 10 3 34
Journalism 3 2 1 2 31 4 50
Journalism, Other 8 9
Landscape Architecture 1 12 13
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 3 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 11 1 14
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 26 3 9 3 13 141 5 210
Mass Communication/Media Studies 3 5 1 9
Mathematics, General 2 1 1 1 1 5 3 17
Mechanical Engineering 36 3 8 1 5 86 7 150
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 4 4 4 27 2 47
Microbiology, General 2 1 4 23 2 34
Music Teacher Education 2 8 12
Music, General 2 1 10 15
Natural Sciences 3 3 2 11 3 23
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 2 1 26 3 36
Philosophy 1 1 4 1 8
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1 14 1 19
Physics, General 4 3 9
Physiology, General 2 1 19 24
Political Science and Government, General 2 3 50 3 61
Psychology, General 1 8 8 3 7 109 5 154
Public Health Education and Promotion 1 2 1 2 30 1 43
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 1 2 1 62 1 71
Range Science and Management
Russian Language and Literature 3 1 4
School Psychology 1 1 1 14 18
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 3 2 52 1 64
Sociology 2 5 4 5 65 5 95
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 5 1 16 1 26
Spanish Language and Literature 1 11 1 14
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 3 1 2 4 60 79
Sports Communication 11 1 12
Statistics, General 1 1 1 2 5
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 6 8
Technical Teacher Education 2 3 5
Toxicology
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 1 2 1 4
Zoology/Animal Biology 1 1 2 2 22 2 34

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 695th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,692 ($88,444 male / $62,065 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,106 (694 male / 412 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,296
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $37,933,291
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