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Southeastern Oklahoma State University

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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.


SOSU offers a variety of programs in 3 schools of academia: The School of Arts and Sciences, The John Massey School of Business, and the School of Education. The School of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor degrees in occupational safety and health and fine arts, the school of education and behavioral sciences offerings include majors and degrees in criminal justice and elementary education. The John Massey School of Business offers the ubiquitous bachelor degrees in finance and accounting.

SOSU understands the need to offer programs that appeal to the community it serves and does so through unique programs such as the Reach Higher Program. This program is tailored to adult students and allows adults to finish getting a bachelor degree in order to keep up with the demands of a current position, qualify for a promotion or to simply assist in staring the process that will eventually change the student’s career choice or help lead to student personal advancement through educational achievement. Adults in the program will be able to work and attend school as the program is designed for working adults. The only degree however offered through this program is a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. The requirements for admission into the program are as follow: applicants must be 21 years or older, have completed at least 72 semester hours in college, have a 2.0 GPA with in those 72 semester hours, have the general education requirements outlined by SOSU completed as part of the 72 credits and have been out of college for at least a year. Uncommon on the university level, SOSU is carving out a niche for itself, by addressing the needs of the non-traditional students and as a result, is also definitely on the path of fulfilling its vision for 2015.

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SOSU enrolls approximately 4,000 students a year. The university does not have application deadlines in place, but instead operates using a rolling admission practice a with an acceptance rate of close to 82% of its applicants.

Incoming freshmen must have an high school GPA of at least a 2.7, an ACT/SAT score of 20 or 940, two years of a foreign language and computer science classes and meet the curricular requirement of 4 years of English, 3 years of math, 3 years of history and 3 years of science/lab.

Adult freshman (those individuals that are 21 or older) are required to send an official high school transcript and take the college placement test if ACT/SAT scores are not available.

Transfer students must have at least 24 credit hours and must not have been under academic suspension at another institution of higher education. If transfer students have less than 24 credits they must submit high school transcripts also. Transfer students must take college placement test or otherwise have already taken and successfully completed college level English, math, science with labs and history courses.

International students interested in admission for the fall semester at SOSU must have applications and all requested material in before June 1st. International students must have official high school or college transcripts, as well as satisfactory scores on the TOEFL. The minimum test scores accepted depends on whether or not a student is seeking admissions to an undergraduate or graduate program. For those seeking admission into an undergraduate program, the minimum score accepted on the TOEFL is 500/173/61 and for graduate admissions the minimum test scores is 550/213/79.

International students must also sign a “statement of understanding” form, submit an affidavit of support, show proof of immunization records, and a host of other smaller requirements that are discussed in depth on the school’s web page under the admissions tab.

Graduate admission seems to be a very smooth process with only minimal requirements, such as a copy of your college transcripts and a complete application is required.

SOSU offers a honors program to students who have done exceedingly well in their academic endeavors. Incoming freshmen that are chosen to be in this program will receive academic scholarships. Requirements for the program are as follows: ACT composite score of 25 or SAT of 1130, letter of recommendation from high school faculty member, a one page letter that comprehensively outlines students’ qualification such as academic achievements, leadership activities, community services and how they will be an asset to the honors program. Students will also need to send their high school transcript and must be approved for admittance to the school prior to admittance into the program.

Financial Aid

The Financial aid process is a streamlined process that mainly includes filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The quickest way to complete and have the FAFSA processed in less time is to fill it out and submit it online. To do so you will only need a copy of your or your parents’ income tax returns from the previous year. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, but a paper version is still available at most financial aid offices.

Southeastern University itself awards scholarships or tuition waivers to those who meet a certain criteria. SOSU grants scholarships to full time students only. Scholarships are given based on ACT scores, GPA and financial need. SOSU offers to its students the state funded Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program. This program pays the tuition for students that signed up for the program during their 8th, 9th, or 10th grade year. Students must also have an income of $50,000 or less, and have completed all required coursework to qualify. Besides this tuition program students also have the opportunity to qualify for government sponsored grants and loans.

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Enjoy annual events like Fall Preview, Welcome Week, Family and Friends Day, MLK Service Day, Safe Spring Break, Tasty Tuesday and Coffee House, if you choose to attend SOSU. SOSU’s student life is packed with fun and exciting events and organizations. SOSU is home to both sororities and fraternities. Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Sigma Sigma are the two sororities on campus. Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Tau Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon are the three fraternities on campus. Recruitment for both sororities and fraternity happens during fall semester around the first 2-3 weeks after classes begin. Students who want to be in a sorority or fraternity must be full time students; furthermore, sororities want recruits to have a minimum GPA of a 2.5 and fraternities require a minimum GPA of 2.0. SOSU has over 50 organization aside from sororities and fraternities that offers something for everyone, including the following organizations: The Chorvettes Show Choir, Bleacher Creatures, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and Wildlife Club just to name a few. Theses clubs are readily accepting all who want to apply.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Did you know that if you are part of the Savage Storms (SOSU’s mascot) then you are by default a part of basketball history? Perhaps even basketball legend, as Dennis Rodman, that’s right Dennis Rodman, is an SOSU alumnae and has just recently been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. SOSU is part of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference. Other sports that you could either try out for or just enjoy watching include men’s baseball, basketball, football, tennis, and rodeo or women’s basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, volleyball and rodeo.


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Ranks 16th in Oklahoma and 1473rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Oklahoma and 23rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 4 0.10

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 126 0.79
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 22 0.14
Robbery 11 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 223 1.39
Larceny 503 3.14
Vehicle theft 47 0.29

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Durant, OK 74701-0609
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population19,491 (13,313 urban / 6,178 rural)
Households7,686 (2.43 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,229
Families5,060 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

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 District4002

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1694th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,682 $4,682 $12,807
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $633 $633 $633
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $156 $156 $427
FT Graduate Tuition $3,560 $3,560 $9,328
FT Graduate Required Fees $380 $380 $380
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $197 $197 $518
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $15,045 $15,045 $23,170
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,305 $16,305 $24,430
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,169 $11,169 $19,294

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,904 $5,060 $4,904 $5,060 $12,117 $12,795
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,560 $5,773
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,824 $2,957
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,420 $6,155
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,640 $3,840
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,538 $4,826

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$20
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,001 (477 male / 524 female)
Admitted 800 (378 male / 422 female)
Admission rate 80%
First-time Enrollment 538 (259 male / 279 female)
FT Enrollment 517 (252 male / 265 female)
PT Enrollment 21 (7 male / 14 female)
Total Enrollment3,826

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
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

1138th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 88%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

Applicants submitting SAT results 12%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0

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 Capacity766
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$2,200
Board Fee$3,190

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 36 32 29 6 196 454 805
Accounting 2 3 4 9
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 1 4 3 3 2 37 50
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1 1 19 22
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 1 2
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 1 2 8 8 26
Biotechnology 1 1 2
Business Administration and Management, General 4 1 7 14 27
Chemistry, General 4 1 3 3 11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 5 7 15
Computer and Information Sciences, General 4 4 8
Counseling Psychology 1 5 4 10
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 2 1 4
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 2 10 18 38
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 3 4 8
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 8 26 41
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 15 42 62
English Language and Literature, General 4 5 9
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1
Finance, General 2 1 1 3 7
General Studies 3 2 21 49 88
History, General 1 4 6
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician 1 1 4 9 15
Information Science/Studies 1 4 6 11
Management Science 7 4 10 16 39
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 1 10 13
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 4 7
Mathematics, General 1 2 3
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Performance, General 1 2 3
Music Teacher Education 2 2
Music, General 1 1
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 5 6
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician 5 1 34 50 93
Operations Management and Supervision 3 2 6
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 1 6 7 13 31
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 14 17
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 5 10
Psychology, General 1 1 10 30 45
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1
Sociology 2 3 9 15
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 3 2 5
Special Education and Teaching, Other 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 5 16 25
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 1 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1961st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,144 ($66,283 male / $57,538 female)
Number of FT Faculty 132 (80 male / 52 female)
Number of PT Faculty 238
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $4,681,630

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