Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) is a public state university with its main campus in Alva, Oklahoma. NWOSU also embodies two smaller satellite campuses located in Woodward and Enid. The University awards bachelor’s degrees in around 40 different fields, as well as offering a large variety of master’s degree programs. The undergraduate academic programs are divided between two schools–the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional Studies. In 2000, NWOSU became one of the first schools in the US to offer a Bachelor of E-Commerce degree. Other bachelor’s degrees offered include: nursing, accounting, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, health and sports science, mass communication, organizational leadership, social work, speech and theater, and technical management, among others.

NWOSU’s campus is built on the tenets of a traditional on-campus experience, with students living in university housing, eating in the dining cafeteria or snack center, and joining fellow students and faculty for campus activities featuring university athletics, plays, concerts, and other events.

The university is part of the Regional University System of Oklahoma and has been granted full accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.

Nursing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University

The NWOSU nursing program offers a traditional on-campus BSN degree program at four of their campus sites – Alva, Enid, Woodward and Ponca City, Oklahoma. They also offer an online RN-to-BSN degree completion program designed for working RNs to complete their nursing courses in 12 months. NWOSU is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Northwestern’s faculty is dedicated to the success of their students as is affirmed by their high NCLEX-RN pass rates (100% in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013; 97% in 2012). All graduates of their nursing program have been employed in nursing occupations upon passing their board exams, and employer satisfaction ratings have been at 100% for the past 5 years. Their curriculum is built on the Caring theory of Dr. Jean Watson and their nursing students are engaged in the rural communities throughout northwestern Oklahoma. Northwestern offers a traditional resident college campus experience on their Alva campus while the nursing students in Enid, Woodward and Ponca City enjoy a less traditional environment.


The teams for Northwestern play as the Rangers, and compete within the Great American Conference. The school’s competitive teams are made up of men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and rodeo, with the women participating in cheerleading, basketball, cross country, golf, rodeo, soccer, softball, and volleyball. NWOSU was recently accepted and approved to compete within the NCAA Division II.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

NWOSU excels in keeping college costs low for its students, and boasts the most affordable on-campus housing in the US. Scholarships are available through a variety of avenues, with more than 1.5 million dollars in aid being given to students each year. Recently, 97% of Freshmen students who applied for scholarships were able to receive some form of financial aid. Aside from scholarships, the other types of aid available include grants, loans, and campus work study. The university recommends that all students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to see what kind of need-based aid they may be eligible for.

Student Housing

Northwestern has four residence halls (two for men, two for women) available for single students, and on-campus housing is required for all new incoming freshmen. Coronado Hall is home to the cafeteria used by all residents living in on-campus housing, and all food can be paid for with one of the available meal plans. Meal plans are also available to students who live off-campus, if they wish to purchase one.


The U.S. News & World Report has named NWOSU as Oklahoma’s top-ranked, public regional university on multiple occasions. The University is also known for topping the lists of schools that help students graduate with low amounts of student debt. Over half of NWOSU’s graduates leave campus with no student debt.

General Information

Admission Office

709 Oklahoma Boulevard

Alva, OK 73717-2799

(580) 327-8546

Fax: (580) 327-8413

[email protected]

Contact: Matt Adair

Director of Recruitment
Main Address

709 Oklahoma Boulevard

Alva, OK 73717

(580) 327-1700

Total undergrads: 1,834

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 322

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,747

Graduate enrollment: 242


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,875 $4,247 $4,247 $4,479 +5.46%
Books and Supplies $900 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $3,400 $3,560 $3,700 $3,760 +1.62%
Other $2,400 $2,700 $3,500 $3,600 +2.86%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $4,500 $4,500 $4,500 $4,500 0.00%
Other $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $10,575 $11,707 $12,647 $13,039 +3.10%
In-state Off Campus $11,775 $12,447 $12,447 $12,679 +1.86%
In-state with Family $4,775 $5,447 $5,447 $5,679 +4.26%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $2,759
In-state Student Fees $373
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $6,917
Out-of-state Fees $373

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 252 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 245 93% $1,066,072 $4,351
• Federal grants 86 33% $336,010 $3,907
• Pell grants 86 33% $289,678 $3,368
• Other federal grants 54 20% $46,332 $858
State/local government grant or scholarships 97 37% $306,078 $3,155
Institutional grants or scholarships 223 84% $423,984 $1,901
Student loan aid 94 36% $375,075 $3,990
• Federal student loans 94 36% $375,075 $3,990
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 308 50
Agriculture 29
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 29
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 18
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 18
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 72
Accounting 18
Business Administration and Management 53
E-commerce/Electronic Commerce 1
Communication and Journalism Programs 11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 11
Computing and Information Sciences 3
Computer and Information Sciences 3
Education 50 36
Agricultural Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education 1
Counselor Education/Echool Counseling and Guidance Services 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 11
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 3
Educational Leadership and Administration
Elementary Education and Teaching 22 2
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2
Mathematics Teacher Education 2
Music Teacher Education 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 6
Reading Teacher Education 7
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching 13
Social Studies Teacher Education 2
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 5
English Language and Literature 5
Rhetoric and Composition
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Spanish Language and Literature 3
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 16
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 16
History 8
History 8
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 9
Criminal Justice/Police Science 9
Human Services 14
Social Work 14
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 18
General Studies 18
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 5
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other 21
Physical Sciences 2
Chemistry 2
Psychology 23 14
Counseling Psychology 14
Psychology 23
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Music 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $15

Online application fee: $15

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 100%

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Agriculture – General B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
E-Commerce B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Business Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Education of Learning Disabled B
Education of Mentally Handicapped B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Police Science B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

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

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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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