Langston University

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Langston University (LU) is a public school located in Langston, Oklahoma that traces its roots back to an all-black school when it was founded in 1897. It is the only college in the state of Oklahoma that was founded as a HBCU – Historically Black College and University – and the furthest west of all such schools in the United States. The Thurgood Marshall College fund lists the school among its 47 members. The university strives to assist students to reach their potential in school, while simultaneously helping find job placement opportunities after graduation, where recent graduates can use their degrees to excel in their chosen field.

During the 1960’s LU underwent major changes to accommodate growth, adding new buildings and overhauling many of the existing buildings, including the library. The Melvin B. Tolson Black Heritage Center was established in January of 1970, to honor the poet who taught at Langston from 1947 until 1964, and who is the subject of the 2007 film, The Great Debaters. Notable alumni of Langston include The Delta Rhythm Boys; members of the Vocal Hall of Fame; as well as Nancy Riley, former member of the Oklahoma senate.

The 3,000 students at Langston are able to pursue any number of associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in various disciplines. Agricultural research at Langston is known around the globe for its fine work, including the Langston’s E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research, which is world-renowned. The university recently added a Doctorate of Physical Therapy to their list of available programs, and continues to grow and expand its degree offerings.


The Langston Lions Compete within the Red River Athletic Conference and make up a portion of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The male athletes compete in cross country, football, basketball, and track and field while women compete in basketball, cross country, cheerleading, track and field, and volleyball.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Langston provides a wide variety of scholarship opportunities to its students. Students applying for financial aid are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as the university’s scholarship applications. The scholarship opportunities range from programs like continuing student tuition waivers, and a general academic tuition waiver. Aside from these opportunities, the university encourages students to apply for other scholarships provided by individuals and corporations, encompassing a wide range of criteria set forth by those donors. LU offers financial counseling sessions both for those entering and those exiting the university with student loans, intended to better prepare students to manage student debt and spending.


Langston was rated in the US News & World Report’s Best Grad Schools list as 79th in student rehabilitation counseling, helping student-patients in overcoming emotional, physical, mental, and developmental disabilities.


Langston strives to create a “home away from home” atmosphere for incoming students transitioning to college life. The University provides Living Learning Communities (LLCs) that help to connect like-minded students with similar interests to allow for convenient group-study and learning opportunities. The list of LLCs from which students can choose is thorough, and consists of groups focused on emerging leaders, honors courses, global perspectives, health and wellness, and artistic expression. These LLCs also facilitate experiences such as off-campus field trips to help students learn more about their specific focus areas, as well as a residential tutor, available to guide students outside of the classroom.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 728

Langston, OK 73050

(405) 466-3428

Fax: (405) 466-3391

Contact: Gayle Robertson

Director of Enrollment Management
Main Address

PO Box 907

Langston, OK 73050

(405) 466-2231

Total undergrads: 2,475

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 569

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,441

Graduate enrollment: 279


Rural setting

Rural community (under 2,500)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 43%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 58%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Agricultural Economics B
Animal Sciences B
Farm/Ranch Management B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Administrative/Secretarial Services B
Business Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Communications Technologies

Communications Technologies – General B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Business Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

Engineering Technologies

Drafting and Design Technology A

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health System Administration B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Corrections B
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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