Northeastern State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Northeastern State University offers. Research its academics and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

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About Northeastern State University

The main campus of Northeastern State University (NSU) is located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which is southeast of Tulsa at the base of the Ozark Mountains. The university was founded as Cherokee National Female Seminary in 1851 and became a state school in 1909 and a university in 1985. It's one of the largest institutions of its kind in Oklahoma.

There are two other campuses, one in Muskogee that's geared toward working adult students in upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses and another in Broken Arrow. NSU uses its Broken Arrow campus to strengthen its partnership with Tulsa Community College; many of the community college's students take classes at NSU-Broken Arrow before transferring in as upperclassmen.


NSU offers 77 undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven academic colleges. The College of Business and Technology has been working with students since 1867 and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. As recently as 2012, new programs were added to the existing 12 undergraduate majors and three master's-level programs, which included bachelor's degree in supply chain management and master's degree in accounting and financial management programs.

NSU's College of Education is Oklahoma's largest teacher preparation program, offering classes at all three campuses. The school has a long history of involvement with education, including serving as Northeastern State Teachers College from 1919 to the 1970s. Students can choose from ten undergraduate majors and ten graduate programs, which offer access to internships and preparation for Oklahoma teacher certification.

The College of Science and Health Professions offers pre-professional programs in areas including dental hygiene, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry and veterinary medicine. The College of Liberal Arts is based in Seminary Hall, the original building of NSU, and sponsors the Sequoyah Institute, a non-profit establishment meant to aid the experience and understanding of the arts.

The College of Optometry is one of only 20 optometric training schools in the country. The College of Extended Learning offers blended online and on-campus programs in criminal justice, healthcare administration, human and family services, and organizational leadership that are designed for working adult students. The Graduate College helps graduate students navigate their programs at NSU and channel all of the details and necessities of graduate life.


NSU requires undergraduate applicants to have a minimum composite ACT score of 20 or a 2.7 GPA and be in the upper 50% of their graduating class. Interested students who do not meet these requirements should contact the director of admissions. In addition to the application form, prospective undergraduates must submit a $25 application fee, high school transcripts and ACT scores. Graduate students apply directly to the graduate school and, in general, should submit their application at least 30 days before the semester starts; however, some programs have different application deadlines.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study opportunities are available to students accepted to NSU. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least five graduate credit hours to qualify for financial aid. As a public university, there is a difference in tuition rates for resident and non-resident students.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Undergraduate and graduate certificates, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar 8- to 16-week sessions**
School Setting Remote town*
Student Body 8,191 undergraduate students, 1,070 graduate students in Fall 2011**
Student Housing Seven residence halls, one set of suites and one apartment complex; freshmen from further than 50 miles away are required to live on campus**
Schools and Programs Seven colleges; 77 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: Elementary education and teaching (152)
Master's: Reading teacher education (72)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in Fall 2005:
11% in four years
26% in six years
34% in eight years*
Admission Rate 54% in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 63% of full-time students and 15% of part-time students*
Undergraduate Application Due Date March 1**
Tuition Per Year $4,602 for in-state undergraduate students; $11,127 for out-of-state undergraduate students (tuition and fees for full-time students as of 2011-2012)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11:
Federal grants (63%)
State and local grants (65%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (13%)
Federal loans (47%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 94% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Northeastern State University.

Contact Information

  • Address: Center for Admissions and Student Enrollment, Northeastern State University, 701 N. Grand Ave., Tahlequah, OK 74464-2300
  • Phone Number: (918) 444-2200 or (800) 722-9614
  • Website:

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