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1100 E. 14th Street
Ada, OK 74820-6999
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East Central University

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For students want to earn their degrees at a college with small enrollment and plenty of one-on-one instruction, East Central University (ECU) in Ada, Oklahoma provides a quality education in a rural, middle-American setting.

U.S. News and World Report gives the university praise for its rehabilitation counseling program. ECU’s nursing program is also highly regarded, with the large majority of ECU nursing students passing the all-important National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).


ECU is well known for its education and business programs and is also home to a few well-regarded specialty programs, including a parks and recreation degree and a health science degree. The university, which is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, is also known for its cartography program, one of just a few in the nation.

East Central offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The school has more than 70 undergraduate degrees and four master’s degree programs, including accounting, education, psychology, and human resources. The university’s degree programs are divided into five colleges:

  • College of Education and Psychology
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Health and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Graduate Studies.

ECU was founded as a teaching school, and that tradition remains strong. The university’s most popular degree program is education, with other popular majors including health professions, public administration, business, and parks and recreation.

Like most colleges and universities, East Central has devoted considerable resources to developing and expanding its online learning offerings. The school offers many courses online and has distance learning labs at its satellite campuses.

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East Central has a rolling admissions deadline. Students will need to submit high school transcripts and ACT scores. An admissions essay is required, and students should also turn in relevant documentation of volunteer work and letters of recommendation.

ECU has a selective admissions policy; however, most students who apply to the school are accepted. The average ACT scores of incoming students falls between 18 and 22.

The university will occasionally make an exception to its admissions policies for extraordinary students who may not meet all requirements.

Financial Aid

Many applicants are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Oklahoma, the university itself, and other outside organizations.

The university offers many major-specific scholarships. A full list of scholarships offered and forms for application can be found on the university’s website.

Like virtually all universities, East Central requires the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for scholarship and other financial aid opportunities. Potential students should be sure to complete and return the FAFSA in a timely fashion to have the best chance of obtaining a scholarship.

The university’s Office of Financial Aid stands ready to help students discover lesser-known grant and scholarship opportunities and determine their eligibility.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5496th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Oklahoma.


A relatively small enrollment gives the university a close-knit, small town feel. East Central has three fraternities and three sororities and more than 100 student activity organizations, including professional and educational groups and recreational organizations such as the ECU Gamers. The university also has a wellness center to meet students’ medical needs.

Catering to students with a taste for the arts and entertainment, the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center features rehearsal halls, art studios, an art gallery, a state-of-the-art television studio, two theaters, and more.

ECU staff and administrators have implemented a number of precautions to ensure student safety, such as 24-hour police patrol, late-night escort and transportation services, security lighting, dorms secured by keycard, and emergency telephones scattered throughout the campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


East Central is a member of the NAIA, and the school’s teams compete in the Great American Conference. Previously, the school was a member of the Lone Star Conference.

The university offers men’s baseball, basketball, football, golf, cross country, and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, golf, cross country, and tennis.

The school’s football team won an NAIA National Championship in 1993. More recently, the team won a Lone Star Conference North Division Football Championship in 2010.

The university’s teams are called the Tigers. The mascot is Roary the Tiger and the official colors are orange and black.


The school hosts an annual literary festival, which is a well-regarded Oklahoma cultural event.

Another unique annual event at the university is the Mudstock Volleyball Tournament, a yearly event in which teams play volleyball in mud courts. The event is very popular among students, and money raised from entrance fees funds a prize pot for the best team.

Orange Crush is the school’s yearly spring fling event, which includes art, games, food, entertainment, and more.

Students show their community spirit by participating in the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree event, which gives Christmas presents to needy children.

Local Community

For students who want a big city getaway, the university is 90 miles from Oklahoma City, 115 miles from Tulsa, and 150 miles from Dallas.

Additional School Information

Established in 1909 as East Central State Normal School, shortly after Oklahoma achieved statehood, the school was originally a six-year preparatory school, providing four years of high school education followed by two years of college. Educating teachers was its mission; graduates of East Central State Normal School were awarded lifetime teaching certificates.

ECU alumni include five former governors of Oklahoma.

Information Summary

Ranks 12th in Oklahoma and 1330th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Oklahoma and 94th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.14
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 2 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 132 0.78
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 21 0.12
Robbery 12 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 194 1.14
Larceny 464 2.73
Vehicle theft 35 0.21

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Ada, OK 74820-6999
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population28,430 (16,463 urban / 11,967 rural)
Households11,391 (2.40 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,987
Families7,485 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4004

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1852nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,878 $3,878 $11,280
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,363 $1,363 $1,363
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $171 $171 $418
FT Graduate Tuition $2,994 $2,994 $8,310
FT Graduate Required Fees $861 $861 $861
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $208 $208 $503
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $13,063 $13,063 $20,465
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,007 $18,007 $25,409
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,665 $10,665 $18,067

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,703 $4,957 $4,703 $4,957 $11,335 $11,953
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,574 $4,824
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,216 $4,154
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,910 $8,022
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,640 $5,516
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,640 $5,516

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 968 (415 male / 553 female)
Admitted 950 (404 male / 546 female)
Admission rate 98%
First-time Enrollment 612 (269 male / 343 female)
FT Enrollment 596 (263 male / 333 female)
PT Enrollment 16 (6 male / 10 female)
Total Enrollment4,587

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA

ACT Test Admission

1055th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

901st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 6%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 370 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 800 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,204
Meals per Week20
Room Fee$2,000
Board Fee$2,982

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 72 37 37 1 204 589 18 1,023
Accounting 8 4 23 2 40
Accounting and Finance 4 3 7
American Indian/Native American Studies 3 1 5
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 2 7 13
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 3 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 2 5 28 45
Business Administration and Management, General 16 3 14 29 1 63
Chemistry, General 1 3 6
Computer and Information Sciences, General 7 3 4 15
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 15 29 47
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 6 11 20
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 6 17 1 27
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 8 50 1 67
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 6 1 12
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Environmental Health 4 3 5 13
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 2 7 11
General Studies 1 1 11 14
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 5 9 14
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 1 4 5
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 3 3 5 5 32 50
History, General 3 7 8 1 20
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Human Services, General 6 6 3 1 39 82 2 150
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3 5 1 9
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 1 1 6 1 10
Mathematics, General 1 2 2 9 14
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3 2 5
Music Performance, General 2 4 1 7
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 4 11 16
Physics, General 1 2 2 6
Political Science and Government, General 1 3 4
Psychology, General 1 2 1 5 18 27
Psychology, Other 1 4 8 1 17
Reading Teacher Education 2 1 1 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 12 3 1 16 51 1 91
Rhetoric and Composition 2 4 6
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 4 2 19 29
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 7 4 16 49 2 85
Social Work 1 2 2 16 21
Sociology 1 1 5 6 13
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 3 4 9

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3137th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,003 ($56,824 male / $52,702 female)
Number of FT Faculty 167 (86 male / 81 female)
Number of PT Faculty 265
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $5,633,284

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