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.
Langston, OK 73050
Fax: (405) 466-3391
Contact: Gayle Robertson
Director of Enrollment Management
PO Box 907
Langston, OK 73050
Total undergrads: 2,475
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 569
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,441
Graduate enrollment: 279
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $25
Online application fee: $25
Percent applicants admitted: 43%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 58%
Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business B
Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications Technologies – General B
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Business Teacher Education B
Drafting and Design Technology A
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Family & Consumer Sciences
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Health System Administration B
History – General B
Law & Legal Studies
Mathematics – General B
Psychology – General B
Security & Protective Services
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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