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Southwestern Oklahoma State University

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For students who want to study at a small public university in the Great Plains, Southwestern Oklahoma University may be the school for you. Located on a rural campus in Weatherford, Oklahoma, SWOSU has a variety of academic programs students can choose from, including its flagship pharmacy program. For students who want to study in a quiet, bucolic environment, SWOSU is a great fit.


The university was established by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature more than 100 years ago and was originally intended to be a normal school, that is, a teacher’s college. The Southwestern Normal School included a high school and a two-year teacher’s training program. The high school was later closed and the school began offering bachelor’s degrees in the 1920s when it was renamed Southwestern State Teachers College.

During the WWII era, the school added arts and sciences programs and a school of pharmacy. The school went through a series of name changes before being re-dubbed as Southwestern State College. A master’s degree program for teaching was added in the 50s, and the university became Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1974. The university merged with Sayre Junior College in the late 80s, and the Sayre campus is now a satellite of SWOSU.


Southwestern Oklahoma State University offers a variety of academic programs and small class sizes, giving students value for their education dollar.

In keeping with its mission to provide greater access to higher education, the university maintains a number of associate’s programs, many of them located on its Sayre campus, the site of a former community college.

The university’s academic programs are divided into five colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Associate and Applied Programs
  • Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College

The university offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in about 60 programs.

The university’s most popular associate’s degree programs include:

  • Liberal Arts: 48 percent of enrollment
  • Health Professions: 39 percent of enrollment
  • Business/Marketing: 11 percent of enrollment

SWOSU’s most popular bachelor’s degree programs include:

  • Business/Marketing: 22 percent of enrollment
  • Health Professions: 20 percent of enrollment
  • Education: 17 percent of enrollment
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 8 percent of enrollment
  • Parks and Recreation: 7 percent of enrollment

SWOSU prides itself on offering quality education in a small setting. More than 60 percent of its teaching staff hold doctorate degrees, the student to teacher ratio is 20 to 1, and very few courses are taught by graduate assistants.

The university’s unique Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College offers degrees in education and tribal administration. The tribal college has aspirations to eventually become a freestanding entity.

Like most modern universities, SWOSU has distance learning opportunities that allow students with work and family responsibilities to take courses at home via the Internet.

U.S. News and World Report ranks SWOSU No. 88 among regional universities in the West. The publication also ranks it No. 37 among public institutions in the West and gives praise to the university’s pharmacy program.

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


Southwestern Oklahoma State University has a selective admissions policy. However, about 91 percent of students who apply to the university are admitted.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University has no admissions deadline, however, deposits for housing are due Aug. 1. Students will need to submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. An admission essay is also required. Students should also turn in relevant documentation of volunteer work and letters of recommendation. To enter the university’s bachelor’s degree programs, students should have and ACT of at least 19. Most SWOSU students have ACT scores of between 18-23.

As of Sept. 2011, the university has a $15 application fee.

Financial Aid

Students applying to the Southwestern Oklahoma State University are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Oregon, the university and other organizations that students may be eligible for.

The university awards some guaranteed scholarships based on a point system that factors in students high school GPA with a few other factors. Scholarships can be maintained by keeping a good GPA at SWOSU.

The university’s office of financial stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 64 percent of students at Southwestern Oklahoma State University receive student aid in terms of loans, grants or scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

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SWOSU has an enrollment of about 4,500, and the small size of the school gives it a close-knit feeling of community.

SWOSU has about 70 student organizations students can participate in, including Greek, professional, academic and recreational groups.

The university has a student wellness center, where students can go for medical care as needed. Much of SWOSU’s two-year programs are located at its Sayre campus.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University is currently in the process of building a $19 million, 72,000 square foot events center. When completed, the center will provide facilities for conventions, concerts, athletic events and more.

SWOSUpalooza is a concert event that’s been held for 12 years at the university. The event showcases regional and local musicians and also brings in nationally known musicians. The last SWOSUpalooza was headlined by Eve 6. The event was formerly free of charge, but now a small fee is charged for tickets.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Southwestern Oklahoma State University participates in the NCAA division II and is a member of the Lone Star Conference.

Men’s teams include baseball, basketball, football, golf and rodeo. Women’s teams include softball, volleyball, golf, rodeo, basketball, soccer and cross country.

In 1996, the university’s football team won a NAIA national championship. The school’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams also do well in competition, often placing extremely well.

SWOSU’s athletic teams are known as the Bulldogs. School colors are blue, white and grey.

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SWOSU has a number of notable alumni, including NFL coaches Rex and Rob Ryan, NASA engineer John Aaaron who helped safely complete the Apollo 13 mission and billionaire Bob Magness, a cable television leader who ran TCI.


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*"Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs :: SWOSUSPORTS.COM." Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs :: SWOSUSPORTS.COM. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2011. <http://www.swosusports.com/>

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

*McGrath, Anne. Ultimate college guide 2010 . 7th ed. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks Inc., 2009. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 8th in Oklahoma and 798th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Oklahoma and 66th 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 7 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.04
Arrest 12 0.23

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 78 0.71
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 80 0.73
Larceny 179 1.63
Vehicle theft 10 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Weatherford, OK 73096-3098
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population12,106 (9,526 urban / 2,580 rural)
Households4,775 (2.37 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,508
Families2,813 (3.02 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

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

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4003

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1654th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,095 $4,095 $10,455
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,365 $1,365 $1,365
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $182 $182 $394
FT Graduate Tuition $4,212 $4,212 $10,356
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,092 $1,092 $1,092
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $221 $221 $477
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,613 $17,613 $23,973
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,613 $17,613 $23,973
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,862 $11,862 $18,222

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $13,215 $25,905
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,165 $1,165

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,800 $5,175 $4,800 $5,175 $10,860 $11,535
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,218(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,554 $4,734
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,796 $5,958
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,554 $4,734
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,796 $5,958
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,941 $5,094

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$15
Graduate Application Fee$15
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,536 (1,104 male / 1,432 female)
Admitted 2,289 (940 male / 1,349 female)
Admission rate 90%
First-time Enrollment 913 (403 male / 510 female)
FT Enrollment 892 (393 male / 499 female)
PT Enrollment 21 (10 male / 11 female)
Total Enrollment4,942

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

895th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24

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 Capacity1,329
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$2,000
Board Fee$2,920

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 20 36 43 12 40 712 15 906
American Indian/Native American Studies 2 2
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer 6 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 1 1 9 15
Business Administration and Management, General 12 3 9 1 7 98 1 135
Business Teacher Education
Business/Commerce, General 9 10
Chemistry, General 2 1 11 1 15
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 4 5
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Other 2 1 23 26
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 4 4
Communication, General 2 1 1 16 21
Community Psychology 1 12 13
Computer Science 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 10 12
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 1 1 6 9
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 2
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement 2 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 3 57 5 70
Elementary Education and Teaching 5 2 43 1 53
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 1
Engineering Technology, General 1 16 17
English Language and Literature, General 4 4
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 7 8
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Finance, General
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 8 8
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
General Studies 1 2 1 1 26 34
Graphic Design 2 1 5 9
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 1 12 13
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 5 2 1 3 31 43
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 3 3
History Teacher Education 1 2 3
History, General 9 9
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 1 1
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology
Interior Architecture
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 1 14 18
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 2 2
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 2 3
Mathematics, General 1 1 8 10
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 3 1 8 13
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 17 2 23
Music Teacher Education 2 1 7 11
Music, General 1 1 9 11
Occupational Therapist Assistant 2 2 10 14
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 2 1 1 38 1 45
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 6 8
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 13 14
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 4 6
Psychology, General 2 1 15 19
Reading Teacher Education
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 4 4 69 3 88
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
School Psychology
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 5 5
Secondary Education and Teaching 3 1 4 32 1 43
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Work 1 1 2 8 12
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 5 5
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2445th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,518 ($59,801 male / $52,961 female)
Number of FT Faculty 216 (107 male / 109 female)
Number of PT Faculty 282
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $7,350,684

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