Oklahoma State University

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Oklahoma State UniversityIf you are looking for an undergraduate degree in Oklahoma, you will probably find a program that will fit your needs at Oklahoma State University. The school has a rich history beginning in 1890 when it was commissioned under the Morrill Land Grant. OSU was first called Oklahoma Territorial Agricultural and Mechanical College, but “territorial” was dropped from its name when Oklahoma became a state in 1907.

Oklahoma State University is a land and sun grant university recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a major research institution. The US News and World Report ranked the school as # 149 of National Universities, but it is also highly-ranked by other reviewers for many of its programs, for being a veteran-friendly organization and as a best-value school. The home campus of OSU at Stillwater is the flagship institution of the Oklahoma State University system. Most classes have 50 or fewer students and the student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1. OSU offers more than 200 degrees through its six colleges. The school has the distinction of being one of only five included in the Congressional mandate to study a “sustainable, environmentally-friendly, bio-based energy alternative.

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Oklahoma State University Accreditation Details

The university is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Many individual programs are also accredited, including:

  • Engineering programs are accredited by ABET.
  • Business programs are accredited by AACSB.
  • Educational Initial and Advanced Teacher Preparation programs are accredited by NCATE.
  • Community and School Counseling programs receive their accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of
  • Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
  • The Veterinary Medicine program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Doctoral level programs in Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology are accredited by APA, and there are other individually-accredited programs by department.

Oklahoma State University Application Requirements

If you are applying as a freshman, you must first complete the application form. It can be printed out and mailed to the school, but the preferred method of completion is through the website. This results in a faster response. Although you are not required to complete the essay questions in the application, the school suggests that you do because the results may help determine your eligibility for some merit scholarships. A non-refundable $40 application fee must be submitted at the time of application. The school waives this fee for students who qualified for free or reduced-cost lunches in high school. Your counselor should send a statement verifying your eligibility for the program. There are other waivers available through the SAT and ACT testing system. Your application is also the basis of eligibility for many university scholarships. You must also ask your high school counselor to submit your official transcript, and the testing agency that administered the ACT or SAT to send those official scores as well. If you apply as a graduate student, you will need to submit your university application along with the $50 application fee to OSU. You should also arrange for each college or university you attended to send your official transcripts to the school. Upon receipt of these materials, the school will forward the application to the college that houses your degree program. There may be additional requirements through that college, such as the submission of GMAT or GRE scores.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Oklahoma State University gives students the option to lock in a guaranteed tuition rate. While the per-credit hour cost is higher under the guarantee, the program offers the assurance of a rate cap. That rate, for resident undergraduate students taking 12 to 18 hours is $3,888.75 per semester (or $177 per credit hour.) Tuition for students not enrolling under the tuition rate guarantee is $154 per credit hour. Non-resident undergraduate students pay $10,488 per semester, or $594 for each credit hour. Tuition for resident graduate students is $196 per credit hour and for non-resident students that cost is $785.75 per credit hour. There are also mandated fees and others that apply depending upon circumstances, such as parking permits.

It is expensive to get a higher education and most people depend upon financial aid to help pay college expenses. The first step in getting assistance is to complete the FAFSA form. Depending upon the information you submit on the form, you will be awarded a grant, a subsidized or an unsubsidized loan or a work-study opportunity. OSU offers several loans and scholarships as well. Many are merit-based and you qualify for them using your high school GPA and your SAT or ACT scores. Oklahoma offers some college assistance money through an incentive program, and there are also many scholarships available by department at the school. In addition, individuals and corporations along with some service organizations fund scholarship. The OSU website, through its student account portal, has information on many financial assistance programs as well as applications for them.

Student Experience

Stillwater, Oklahoma, where the main campus of Oklahoma State University is located, boasts five lakes in the immediate vicinity. There is an abundance of recreational opportunities. The school has been called the healthiest campus because of its initiative to promote student and faculty physical fitness. As part of this initiative there is a wellness center that promotes metal and physical health. Some of the opportunities offered in this goal are through intramural and non-varsity sports. In addition, OSU is a member of the Big Twelve athletic conference and offers top-notch competitions.

The school also shines in its academic departments. There are over 200 degree programs to choose from. For example, if you like animals, you might be interested in the Bachelor of Science in Zoology. The program consists of 120 credit hours. Forty of these are general education required of all students, but other course offerings are cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology and others. The aerospace bachelor’s degree has some intriguing courses, too. You can specialize the degree in Aerospace Logistics, Aviation Management, Aerospace Security, Technical Service Management, or you can become a professional pilot. If you are thinking more along the lines of social sciences, you might consider earning a degree in applied sociology. You can earn either a bachelor of arts, if you want to pursue a career as a teacher or become a commentator, or a bachelor of science if you want to work in research and in designing and implementing intervention plans. Both degree programs at OSU contain 120 credit hours. Whether you choose the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education or any of the six schools that make up Oklahoma State University you are likely to find a degree program that leads to your dream career.