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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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The College Board College Handbook, 2010 . 47th ed. New York: College Board, 2009. Print.