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Northeastern State University Overview

Northeastern State University is a public institution located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Tahlequah is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Northeastern State University Known For?

1,419 Undergraduate Awards
$19,482 Avg Cost After Aid
96% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at NSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 70% of the faculty were full-time.

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Northeastern State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Natural Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Optometry Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Child Development & Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Value Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Value Public Health Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#72 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Best Value Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#42 Highest Paid Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Graduates College Factual

Where Is Northeastern State University?

Location of Northeastern State University

Contact details for NSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 N Grand, Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399
Phone: 918-456-5511
Website: https://www.nsuok.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NSURiverhawks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NSURiverhawks

How Do I Get Into NSU?

You can apply to NSU online at: https://offices.nsuok.edu/admissions/Apply.aspx

Admission Requirements for NSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NSU?

96% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
2% Submit SAT Scores
NSU has the high acceptance rate of 96%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 95%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

Average Test Scores

About 2% of students accepted to NSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 430 and 545. Math scores were between 435 and 535.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northeastern State University  ( 430 to 545 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Northeastern State University  ( 435 to 535 )
200
800
NSU received ACT scores from 94% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Northeastern State University  ( 18 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Northeastern State University  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Northeastern State University  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Northeastern State University?

$19,482 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
10.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NSU is $19,482. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At NSU, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $5,081 a year. That adds up to $20,324 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NSU is 10.6%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Northeastern State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,341 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,289 undergraduate students at NSU, with 4,341 being full-time and 1,948 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NSU

There are also 1,228 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,341 full-time undergraduates at NSU, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northeastern State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 75
Black or African American 182
Hispanic or Latino 265
White 1,976
International Students 123
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,720

Geographic Diversity

Oklahoma students aren't the only ones who study at Northeastern State University. At this time, 11 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 43 countries are represented at NSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and India.

Online Learning at Northeastern State University

1,533 Took All Classes Online
4,981 Took At Least One Class Online
13.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 11 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at NSU. In 2017-2018, 4,981 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 11th most popular in Oklahoma for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northeastern State University was 13.4%. This is the #1,133 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Area Studies 29%
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 25%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4%
Educational Administration 7%
English Language & Literature 7%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 50%
Geography & Cartography 57%
Health Professions 24%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 11%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 6%
Liberal Arts General Studies 6%
Nursing 43%
Romance Languages 50%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Family & Consumer Sciences #2
Area Studies #3
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #9
Romance Languages #10
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #12
Geography & Cartography #12
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #17
Writing Studies #27
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #36
English Language & Literature #43
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #49
Curriculum & Instruction #54
Special Education #72
Social Sciences #73
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #77
Teacher Education Subject Specific #82
Educational Administration #118
Criminal Justice & Corrections #165
Liberal Arts General Studies #170
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #170
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #185
Nursing #235
Education #290
Health Professions #384

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northeastern State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 135 0 0 0 135
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 106 0 6 0 112
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 93 0 11 0 104
Accounting 0 0 85 0 15 0 100
Business Administration & Management 0 0 77 0 23 0 100
Nursing 0 0 85 0 4 0 89
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 88 0 0 0 88
Health & Physical Education 0 0 73 0 10 0 83
Communication Sciences 0 0 33 0 46 0 79
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 1 36 2 39 0 78
Quality Control Technology 0 0 69 0 0 0 69
Educational Administration 0 0 0 10 47 0 57
Social Work 0 0 54 0 0 0 54
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 48 0 48
Marketing 0 0 44 0 0 0 44
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 41 0 0 0 41
General English Literature 0 0 31 0 9 0 40
Computer Science 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 34 0 0 0 34
Optometry 0 0 0 0 0 27 27
Chemistry 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 18 0 3 0 21
Journalism 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Special Education 0 0 9 0 10 0 19
Public Health 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 19 0 19
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Management Information Systems 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
General Biology 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
History 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Mathematics 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Sociology 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Homeland Security 3 0 10 0 0 0 13
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 2 10 0 12
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Hospitality Management 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Area Studies 0 0 2 0 5 0 7
Geography & Cartography 3 0 4 0 0 0 7
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Romance Languages 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Music 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
International Business 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Political Science & Government 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Natural Sciences 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Multilingual Education 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Engineering Physics 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Writing Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Ethnic Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other Health Professions 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 1 1,412 14 318 27 1,778

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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