Northeastern State University

Northeastern State University appears in these rankings:

The 30 Most Affordable Women's Colleges in the U.S.

15 Best Value Oklahoma Colleges and Universities 

First opened in 1851 as a female seminary, Northeastern State University has evolved greatly to become a the state's fourth-largest comprehensive public co-educational teaching institution. Based on a main 200-acre rural campus in Tahlequah at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in eastern Oklahoma, Northeastern has satellite locations in Muskogee and Broken Arrow. Every year, NSU enrolls more than 7,410 undergraduates and 1,100 graduate students. Since NSU is located in the capital of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, over 25 percent of the student body identifies themselves as American Indian and some classes are delivered in the Cherokee language.

As one of the oldest colleges west of Mississippi River, Northeastern has a long-standing tradition for academic excellence. The U.S. News and World Report ranked NSU as the 84th best regional university, 34th top public school, and 29th best college for veterans in the West. In particular, Northeastern State University is acclaimed for hosting the country's 83rd best online graduate nursing degrees. NSU was also named #1 for serving American Indians in the annual Winds of Change College Guide. The student-faculty ratio remains low at 19:1 to develop a close-knit community of scholars and follow its motto of "Gather Here, Go Far."

Northeastern State University Accreditation Details

Northeastern State University has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), one of the six regionally accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. NSU has also gone the extra step to receive discipline-specific professional accreditations for several academic departments. For instance, business degrees are approved by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Teaching programs are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Nursing degrees are given the stamp of approval from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Northeastern State University Application Requirements

Northeastern is less selective than many other universities at a 73 percent acceptance rate, but you'll still need to fulfill tough criteria to gain admissions. Incoming freshmen must have graduated from an accredited high school or achieved the GED equivalent. Curricular requirements mandate at least four units of English, three units of laboratory science, three units of mathematics, three units of history, and two units of foreign language. First-time students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.7 and rank among the upper 50 percent of their class or score above 20 on the ACT. Undergraduate transfers are accepted with at least 23 transferrable credits and a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Graduate students seeking to attend Northeastern State University must already hold a four-year bachelor's degree or a foreign equivalent from an accredited institution. Graduate applicants are held to high standards with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 semester hours of coursework attempted. Proof of U.S. citizenship is required, but international students can submit their student visa and TOEFL results with a score above 550. All master's degree candidates will be required to take the GRE, GMAT, or MAT before enrollment. Test results should place in the upper three-fourths of college graduates.

Before the posted online deadlines, interested students wishing to enroll in Northeastern State University must submit the:

• Completed admissions application
• Official transcripts from each previous school
• Standardized or entrance exam test scores
• Payment for the $25 non-refundable fee

Tuition and Financial Aid

At Northeastern State University, tuition costs are calculated based on the level of coursework that students are enrolled in. Oklahoma residents can expect to pay $204 at the 0000 level, $184 at the 1000 or 2000 level, $184 at the 3000 or 4000 level, and $227 at the 5000 or 6000 level per credit hour. Non-residents will pay more, such as $449 at the 0000 level, $429 at the 1000 or 2000 level, $429 at the 3000 or 4000 level, and $500 at the 5000 or 6000 level per credit hour. Oklahoma Reach Higher Courses are automatically $212 for in-state students and $487 for out-of-state students.

Northeastern State University automatically considers newly matriculated students for financial aid with their FAFSA form. Borrowing money from the government through Perkins loans, Direct loans, and PLUS loans is possible, but students should proceed with caution to minimize debt. Free gifted money can be awarded with the Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, or the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant. Certain students may qualify for the American Opportunity Tax Credit. 65 percent of students receive scholarships, such as the Green and White Scholarship, President's Leadership Scholarship, or Alumni Legacy Scholarship. There's a Quad-State Waiver to waive non-resident tuition for students from Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and Kansas.

Degrees Available at Northeastern State University

Across its seven colleges, Northeastern State provides a diverse, dynamic academic setting for students studying everything from music to nutrition and special education. Currently, students at NSU can select from 65 bachelor's degrees, 23 master's degrees, five graduate certificates, and one professional degree in optometry. All programs have flexible schedules with distance learning options across three campuses to suit every student. Some of the great degrees at NSU include the:

Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies

In the College of Liberal Arts, the B.A. in American Indian Studies is available for NSU students of all ethnicities who are interested in learning more about the cultural heritage and history of our nation's indigenous peoples. Within this multi-disciplinary program, students are required to select a minor or second major in areas like anthropology, criminal justice, political science, history, sociology, or public administration based on their career goals. Students must complete at least 124 credits and pass a senior workshop titled "Native American Leadership."

Master of Education in School Administration

Available at the Tahlequah or Broken Arrow campuses, the Master of Education in School Administration program at Northeastern State is designed for graduates seeking to administer the daily operations of elementary or secondary schools in upper-level leadership. Within the 30-credit curriculum, aspiring principals will explore topics like public school finance, public school relations, school facilities management, instructional leadership, curriculum design, and educational research. The capstone experience will involve two full semesters of internships under the supervision of a school administrator.

Master of Science in Nursing Education

Offered fully online, the Master of Science in Nursing Education program at NSU is focused on preparing registered nurses for moving beyond the baccalaureate level and teaching the latest generation of new nursing professionals. Within the 32-hour curriculum, nurses will take courses in nursing theories, learning, education technology, cultural competency, curriculum development, education assessment, and evidence-based nursing practice. After four semesters of study, graduates leave Northeastern State University ready to fulfill the state's critical need for nurse educators.