Southeastern Oklahoma State University, founded in 1909, was originally called Southeastern Normal School. This school predominantly focused on high school education and the first two years of college, offering only teacher certification as a main degree program. As the years went by there was more and more demand for the school to not only expand in size but to expand in the credentials awarded. With a vision and strategic goals in place that focus on increasing academic excellence, diversity, cultural competence, retention, and ultimately to become known outside of their region, Southeastern is embarking on a challenging yet necessary journey to stay competitive in the realm of offering quality education in what is becoming a global marketplace .
Today, Southeastern Oklahoma University has a variety of programs of study in a successful attempt to respond to the needs of the community and the world at large. SOU is situated on approximately 160 acres. SOSU is located in Durant Oklahoma about 15 miles from the Oklahoma Texas border and 80 miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The school sits in a small populated area of about 15,000 people and is known primarily for its proximity to Lake Texoma (which also happens to be one of the world’s largest man made lakes) and its productive farm and grazing land. Students making SOSU their home will be able to enjoy the many amenities Lake Texoma has to offer, including: fishing (as the area is known for its many species of bass) hiking, various water sports, and camping out on the campgrounds surrounding the lake. Boating also offers hours of relaxation on Lake Texoma.