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For students looking for a small public university in the West that has an emphasis on technology, Rogers State University (RSU) is a great choice. Established as a four-year university just a decade ago, Rogers State has grown rapidly, taking advantage of demographic trends and a clean slate to shape its programs to student needs. The university has three campuses: the main campus in Claremore, one in Bartlesville and another in Pryor Creek.


At present, the university offers 16 bachelor’s degree programs, including applied technology, business administration, biology, business information technology, communications, community counseling, game development, justice administration, liberal arts, military history, nursing, organizational leadership, public administration, social science, sports management and visual arts. The university also offers a number of associate’s degrees, with health programs being among the most popular.

The university has a program that allows students to earn an associate’s degree from RSU and complete coursework for a four-year degree from Cameron University at RSU’s Claremore campus.

The most popular four-year degree programs at Rogers State University are business administration, biology, social science, interdisciplinary studies and its technology programs. Popular associate’s degree programs include health programs, business and the education program.

Online learning is a huge component of Rogers State University’s programs, and students can take many of the university’s courses via the Internet. The university has recently undergone extensive renovations to make its classrooms and learning facilities some of the most modern educational facilities in the state of Oklahoma.

The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The association also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Rogers State University has a selective admissions policy for its four-year programs and an open policy for its associate’s degree programs. More than 80 percent of students who apply to the university are admitted. Rogers State has a rolling admissions deadline. Students will need to submit high school transcripts and ACT scores. An admission essay is also required. Students should also turn in relevant documentation of volunteer work and letters of recommendation. Most students admitted score between 18 and 22 on the ACT. The university will occasionally make exception to its admission rules for extraordinary students who may not meet all requirements.

Financial Aid

Students applying to the Rogers State University 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 and other organizations that students may be eligible for.

For example, the Oklahoma Regents Scholarships cover up to $4,000 per year and include a $3,000 tuition waiver from RSU. Students must score in the 99.5 percentile or higher on the ACT and be National Merit Scholars, Merit Finalists or President’s Scholars to earn the scholarship and must maintain a GPA of 3.25 and complete 24 hours of college credit per year to maintain the scholarship

The university’s office of financial stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5649th for the average student loan amount.
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Enrollment at Rogers State University is fairly small, with about 4,500 students attending RSU. Located on a suburban campus near Tulsa, Rogers State University students won’t lack for educational, cultural, entertainment and internship opportunities.

Rogers State University has two sororities and one fraternity. There are about 30 student organizations on campus, including professional and academic groups and recreational groups such as the Spartan Paintball Quixotic Republic.

Rogers State University has a student radio station, RSU Radio KRSC 91.3 FM. Community members and students provide most of the programming for the station, which can be heard throughout northeast Oklahoma.

RSU is definitely an outdoorsy school. The university maintains a 120-acre nature conservatory, the RSU Conservation Education Reserve, that has lots of great outdoor opportunities for students and the public, including an ampitheatre and nature trails.

The university is also home to a $2.2 million equestrian center on 23 acres off the main campus that offers a threapeutic horseback riding program. The university operates the program in partnership with a local public school district to help disabled children and adults. Students benefit from participating in activities at the center.

The school’s retention rate for freshman (the rate of first-year students who return their sophomore year) is 54 percent. The school’s associate’s programs may account somewhat for that rate.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Rogers State University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and its teams particiapte in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The school offers men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer. Women’s teams include basketball, cross country, soccer, golf and softball. Staying true to its Western roots, the school aslo has a competitive rodeo team.

The men’s basketball team were recently ranked No. 1 in the NAIA coaches poll, a university first.

RSU teams are known as the Hillcats. School colors are blue and red.

Additional School Information

Rogers State University has an interesting history and the university has gone through several incarnations as an institute of higher learning. The school was originally founded as Eastern University Preparatory School in 1909, but was closed in 1917. Two years later it was reopened as the Oklahoma Military Academy, and provided a high school and junior college education for students. The school produced more than 10,000 soldiers for the U.S. Armed Forces. Ties between the university and the military remain strong, as the university has a military museum on campus and offers a major in military history.

The unpopular Vietnam War soured the public’s taste for the military, and OMA saw an enrollment drop in the 60s. In 1971, the Oklahoma Legislature repurposed the school as a junior college, named Claremore Junior College, but by 1982 the school had been renamed as Rogers State College. In 2000, the school became Rogers State University and began offering four-year degrees.


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Information Summary

Ranks 18th in Oklahoma and 1576th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Oklahoma and 84th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 30 0.16
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 8 0.04
Robbery 6 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 82 0.44
Larceny 381 2.03
Vehicle theft 48 0.26

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Claremore, OK 74017-3252
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population38,719 (18,957 urban / 19,762 rural)
Households14,360 (2.65 people per house)
Median Household Income$43,007
Families10,913 (3.07 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4002

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1589th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,327 $3,327 $9,981
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,024 $2,024 $2,024
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $177 $177 $399
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,449 $18,451 $25,105
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,849 $20,851 $27,505
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,889 $12,891 $19,545

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,777 $5,047 $4,777 $5,047 $10,822 $11,572
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,130 $1,740
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,894 $8,430
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,412 $4,680
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,894 $8,430
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,412 $4,680
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,412 $4,680

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 1,864 (701 male / 1,163 female)
Admitted 1,015 (416 male / 599 female)
Admission rate 54%
First-time Enrollment 785 (306 male / 479 female)
FT Enrollment 641 (252 male / 389 female)
PT Enrollment 144 (54 male / 90 female)
Total Enrollment4,473

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA, NAIA
NCAA / NAIA Basketball Conference Sooner Athletic Conference
NCAA / NAIA Baseball Conference Sooner Athletic Conference
NCAA / NAIA Track & Field Conference Sooner Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

998th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23

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 Capacity517
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,040
Board Fee$2,190

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2597th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,289 ($60,845 male / $49,371 female)
Number of FT Faculty 102 (59 male / 43 female)
Number of PT Faculty 264
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $3,187,701
1701 W Will Rogers Blvd
Claremore, OK 74017-3252
p. 918-343-7777
w. www.rsu.edu

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