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Northwestern Oklahoma State University Overview

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a public institution situated in Alva, Oklahoma. Alva is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

What Is Northwestern Oklahoma State University Known For?

380 Undergraduate Awards
$20,016 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at NWOSU is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Northwestern Oklahoma 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 NWOSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Online Business Administration & Management Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Value General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Most Popular Business Administration & Management Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Northwestern Oklahoma State University?

Location of Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Contact details for NWOSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 709 Oklahoma Blvd, Alva, OK 73717-2799
Phone: 580-327-1700

How Do I Get Into NWOSU?

You can apply to NWOSU online at:

Admission Requirements for NWOSU

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into NWOSU?

83% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
10% Submit SAT Scores
NWOSU has an acceptance rate of 83%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 10% of students accepted to NWOSU submitted their SAT scores.NWOSU received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 22. Math scores were between 16 and 23. Composite scores were between 17 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Northwestern Oklahoma State University  ( 16 to 22 )
ACT Math Scores for Northwestern Oklahoma State University  ( 16 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northwestern Oklahoma State University  ( 17 to 23 )

Can I Afford Northwestern Oklahoma State University?

$20,016 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
10.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NWOSU is $20,016. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At NWOSU, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $4,545 a year. That adds up to $18,180 over four years for those students.

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

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,376 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,767 undergraduate students at NWOSU, with 1,376 being full-time and 391 being part-time.

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

There are also 203 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,376 full-time undergraduates at NWOSU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NWOSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NWOSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 105
Hispanic or Latino 151
White 828
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 273

Geographic Diversity

Oklahoma students aren't the only ones who study at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. At this time, 12 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 19 countries are represented at NWOSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, Canada, and Ghana.

Online Learning at Northwestern Oklahoma State University

371 Took All Classes Online
1,223 Took At Least One Class Online
3.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at NWOSU. In 2017-2018, 1,223 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 26th 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 NWOSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University was 3.3%. This is the #1,798 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NWOSU regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 33%
Entrepreneurial Studies 25%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NWOSU 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 NWOSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Finance & Financial Management #60
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #62
Entrepreneurial Studies #66
Human Resource Management #111
General Psychology #124
Psychology #172
Teacher Education Grade Specific #227
Accounting #228
Nursing #396

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%.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 24 37 0 61
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 46 0 46
Nursing 0 42 0 42
General Psychology 0 30 2 32
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 15 12 27
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 26 0 26
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 23 0 23
Computer Information Systems 0 21 0 21
General Biology 0 19 0 19
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 16 0 16
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 16 0 16
Social Work 0 15 0 15
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 12 12
Accounting 0 11 0 11
Student Counseling 0 0 8 8
Educational Administration 0 0 7 7
General English Literature 0 7 0 7
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 6 0 6
Sociology 0 6 0 6
Chemistry 0 5 0 5
Entrepreneurial Studies 4 0 0 4
Political Science & Government 0 3 0 3
Special Education 0 2 0 2
Area Studies 0 0 2 2
History 0 2 0 2
Other Statistics 0 2 0 2
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 1 0 1
Romance Languages 0 1 0 1
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 28 352 43 423


*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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