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Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Alva, Oklahoma


Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a community of learners that includes students, teachers, staff, administrators, and area citizens advancing learning excellence and preparing its members for service as leaders and entrepreneurs in the changing climate of northwest Oklahoma and the world.

Academic Profile

Northwestern offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in over 40 areas of study. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is also offered. Some of the more popular fields of study include education, business administration, health and physical education, law enforcement, nursing, agriculture, psychology, pre-medicine, biology and mass communications. Study in several pre-professional fields is offered. At the graduate level, master's degrees in Education and Counseling Psychology are available. Information on the Graduate School and its program is available through the Graduate School Office by calling (580) 327-8410, or writing to the Graduate School Office, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK 73717. A Master of Business Administration is available at the Alva, Enid and Woodward campuses through a cooperative effort with other universities.

The Alva campus is the hub of Northwestern and home to about 1,500 of the university's students. All academic programs, administrative offices and athletic teams are based in Alva. Some student services are available at the Enid and Woodward campuses. The Enid Campus offers non-general education, upper division and graduate courses during the day and evening. General education courses are taught through Northern Oklahoma College. The Woodward Campus offers all levels of course work during the day and evening hours.

Northwestern operates on a traditional two semester calendar. The fall semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December. The spring semester runs from mid-January to early May, and includes a one-week break in March. A one-week interim session is offered in late May before the regular summer session begins in early June.

General Description

Northwestern is one of six state-assisted regional universities in Oklahoma and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Northwestern's main campus is located in Alva, a city of about 6,000 residents in northwest Oklahoma. Alva is located just 14 miles south of the Kansas border. Alva is approximately 150 miles northwest of Oklahoma City and 100 miles southwest of Wichita, Kansas.

College life at Northwestern is a mix of small-town friendliness and big- city student activities. The university is the cultural center of the region with on-campus events such as plays, concerts and lectures. Nearly every academic department has a student organization and the university encourages all students to become involved in many activities. Membership in other professional, religious, political, academic and social clubs or organizations is available. Students can also become members of the Student Government Association, university music and drama groups, and campus media.

The center of activity on campus is the Student Center. The Center recently underwent a $650,000 renovation and now features a food court, game room and large bookstore. The city of Alva and the surrounding area offer students a myriad of choices for off-campus activities.

Intramural athletics allows students of all athletic abilities to participate in team sports such as football, volleyball, basketball and softball. Varsity athletics plays an important role at Northwestern. As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the university sponsors athletic competition for men and women in many sports.

The university offers special student services through a counseling center, Academic Success Center, student health center and career services office.


At Northwestern, teaching is the number one priority of all faculty. All of the university's 85 full-time faculty are committed to student success and are well respected in their fields. Over half of all full-time faculty members have earned doctoral degrees.

The student-faculty ratio is approximately 17 to 1.

Housing Information

Northwestern-Alva offers four residential halls for single students, all within walking distance of classrooms, the library and recreational facilities. Each residence hall is air-conditioned and features television lounges, microwave ovens, study rooms, recreational areas and laundry facilities. Rooms in each hall may have private telephone and cable television service. Food service is available through the Coronado Cafe or the Student Center Food Court.

Admission Information

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have established curricular and performance standards for admission to programs leading to baccalaureate degrees. Students should be a graduate of an accredited high school or the equivalent, should have achieved a composite score of 20 on the ACT or 940 on the SAT, or rank in the top one-half of their class and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7. Applicants also should have successfully completed 15 specific high school courses. Adult students at least 21 years of age may qualify under the Adult Admission criteria. Contact the Office of Recruitment for more details.

To begin the application process, students should submit a completed application form and a non-refundable $15 fee, a high school transcript sent by the school, and ACT or SAT scores. Northwestern accepts applications throughout the year and notifies each applicant of the admission decision as soon as all credentials have been received and reviewed.

Transfer students with a college grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted to Northwestern. A transcript from each college attended is required along with an application for admission.


Average annual tuition for a freshman Oklahoma student who carries 15 hours in the fall and spring semesters is $1,950. Average fees for a freshman Oklahoma student who carries 15 hours in the fall and spring semesters is $747. Average annual room and board for a student who receives 15 meals per week is $2,620. Average annual estimated cost for books and supplies in $800.

Financial Services

Although the costs of attending Northwestern are among the lowest in the state, financing your education may still be a major concern. Sources of financial aid include scholarships, loans, grants and work study. In the 2000 fall semester, 80 percent of all first-time freshmen applied for and received financial aid.

First-time freshmen and transfer students attending Northwestern-Alva on a full-time basis who also establish a residence in the city may be eligible for additional financial assistance through a unique to Northwestern incentive program. Administered through the Financial Aid Office, this incentive program provides assistance for tuition, university housing and other school-related expenses.

Most scholarships are awarded to students with strong academic records and/or demonstrated leadership capabilities. A number of performance scholarships also are given in areas such as music, speech, agriculture, campus media. Recommendations for these awards usually come from university department heads. Athletic scholarships are awarded through the athletic department. Scholarship applications from incoming freshmen are due May 15 for the fall semester. Transfer students must submit scholarship applications by July 15.

To apply for federal and state financial assistance, such as grants, loans and work study, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The forms are available from your high school counselor or the Northwestern Financial Aid Office.  Federal and state financial assistance is awarded on first-come, first-serve basis, therefore students should complete and return the form as soon as tax returns for the previous year have been filed. For best consideration, the form should be completed and submitted for processing by March 1.

Contact Information

For additional information on Northwestern Oklahoma State University or to schedule a campus visit, contact:
Office of Recruitment
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
709 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, OK 73717
Phone: (580) 327-8545
Fax: (580) 327-8413
Web Address:
Graduate Studies
Dr. Rodney C. Murrow
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
709 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, OK 73717
Phone: (580)327-8589
Fax: (580) 327-1881
Web Address:

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