Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma may be the perfect match for students desiring a small, rural four-year college that also offers graduate programs. Founded in 1908, the school has roots as an agricultural college but has moved into the modern age, currently awarding associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.
The school now known as Cameron University began as an agricultural high school, founded shortly after Oklahoma achieved statehood. The Cameron State School of Agriculture was named for the baptist minister Rev. E.D. Cameron. Its first classes were held in 1909 in a bank basement.
Programs of study expanded as Southwest Oklahoma’s educational needs changed; junior college classes were added in the 1920s. The high school program was dropped in the early 1940s and the school became Cameron State Agricultural College. In the 1960s, the college began offering bachelor’s degrees. The institution became known as Cameron College in 1973 and received its current name in 2004, when it took over an education facility in Duncan, Oklahoma.
A wide variety of courses and programs are offered, including associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. More than 50 degree programs are available. Education has become a major component of the university’s offerings, with a large number of students seeking degrees in that field. Business is also big business at here, with a variety of university resources dedicated to business studies, including the university’s new master’s program in entrepreneurial studies.
Some of the most popular majors include:
- Education – 25 percent of enrollment
- Business/Marketing – 18 percent of enrollment
- Social Sciences – 13 percent of enrollment
- Psychology – 7 percent of enrollment
- Parks And Recreation – 6 percent of enrollment
- Computer and Information Sciences – percent of enrollment
Like many universities, the school has been scaling up its online programs and now offers more than 200 courses online. Students can earn four degrees solely by taking online classes.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The university does not have an admissions deadline, but financial aid information must be submitted by May 1. Students must submit their high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores, and an admissions essay is also required. Students should also turn in relevant documentation of volunteer work and letters of recommendation.
The university requires that all new freshmen be graduates of an accredited high school or have a GED. New students must have at least a 20 on the ACT or an 890 on the SAT or have a high school GPA of 2.7 and rank in the top half of their class.
The majority of first-time students have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better and were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
Nearly all applicants are admitted.
Financial aid can help students pay for tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other education-related expenses. Students may be eligible for federal grants and student loans as well as grants and scholarships offered by the state of Oklahoma, the university itself, and other outside organizations. For example, students who are Oklahoma residents may be eligible for financial aid from the Oklahoma’s Promise Program, which provides aid to families that make less than $50,000 per year.
Student Financial Aid Details
The university is best suited for students who want to further their education in a quiet, small town with few big-city distractions. The recently opened McMahon Centennial Complex is a major part of campus life. The facility has a food court, art gallery, student services offices, meeting rooms and more. Bentley Gardens is another key point of interest on the campus. The gardens include a pond, walking trails, an outdoor music venue and various natural features.
The university has four sororities and three fraternities. There are also more than 80 other campus groups and clubs, including professional, academic, and interest-based organizations.
The nearby Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge offers lots of camping, hiking and other outdoor recreation.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The Cameron University Aggies are members of the NCAA Division II and participate in the Lone Star Conference.
Men’s sports include basketball, baseball, golf, tennis and cross country. Women’s sports include basketball, volleyball, softball, golf, cheerleading and tennis.
School colors are gold and black.
Famous alumni include:
- John Brandes, former NFL player
- Gen. Bryan Brown, former Commanding General of U.S. Special Operations Command
- Avery Johnson, NBA coach
The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.