Oklahoma State University

107 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK

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Oklahoma State University (OSU) is a public, land-grant university located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, that is committed to teaching, research and community outreach. OSU is one of the top universities in the nation, offering innovative study programs in a range of disciplines, top faculty, and a diverse student body.

OSU offers more than 350 academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Professional degrees include the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. OSU also offers Specialist in Education degrees in certain fields.

The Mission

Proud of its land-grant heritage, Oklahoma State University advances knowledge, enriches lives, and stimulates economic development through instruction, research, outreach and creative activities.

Research is very active at OSU. Oklahoma State University students can benefit from the university's membership in the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) - a consortium of 96 colleges and universities located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ORAU works with member institutions to assist students and faculty in gaining access to federal facilities nationwide for academic, research and partnership opportunities.

International studies and outreach are also thriving at OSU, which has a long tradition of excellent programs in international studies. Over the past 50 years, hundreds of OSU faculty members have participated in overseas projects through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


Founded in 1890 as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, the first students enrolled for studies in 1891. Established shortly after the Land Run of 1889, the school opened with no buildings or books, and early classes were held in local churches.

In 1894, the first academic building was completed. This building, called "Old Central," is still located on campus OSU's main campus. In 1896, the first six students graduated.

In 1957, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College was renamed Oklahoma State University. The school established technical branches in Oklahoma City and Okmulgee. Over the years, many of these technical branches merged with other colleges or schools to form the various colleges and campuses that are now part of OSU.


The academic calendar for Oklahoma State University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. OSU also offers shorter pre-sessions or inter-sessions before the beginning of each semester.

Colleges and Schools

Colleges at OSU:

  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Center for Health Sciences
  • Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering, Architecture and Technology
  • Human Sciences
  • Spears School of Business
  • Graduate College

Student Life

There are many student organizations and clubs available for involvement at Oklahoma State University. Many student hobbies or interests are represented by already-established groups and range from political interests, to social, academic and recreational. However, students who are interested in forming a new student organization at OSU will find lots of guidance and support through the Office of Campus Life. Some of the resources available include graphic design services, advisor information, organizational leadership certificate, treasurer's module, customized workshops, and more.

The annual Camp Cowboy event offers incoming freshmen opportunities for making friendships and getting oriented to campus life before the start of their first academic year at OSU.

Fraternities and Sororities

OSU Greek Life is very active on campus, with many chapters of fraternities and sororities available. Community involvement through Greek Life is thriving and diverse, offering many opportunities for service and friendship.

Student services at OSU include:

  • Campus Safety
  • Counseling Services
  • Health Services
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Disability Services
  • Career Services
  • Student Government Association


The official school colors for Oklahoma State University are orange, black and silver. The nickname for the men and women's athletic teams are the OSU "Cowboys" and "Cowgirls."

There are several traditional school songs associated with OSU, including:

The Waving Song

Oklahoma State! Oklahoma State!
We'll sing your praise tonight;
To let you know where e're we go,
For the Orange and Black we'll fight
We'll sing your worth o'er all the Earth
And shout: Ki Yi! Ki Ye!
In books of fame we'll write your name,
Oklahoma State!

"Ride 'Em Cowboys" Song

Ride, ride, ride, ride,
Ride'em Cowboys,
Right down the field!
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
Fight'em Cowboys, and never yield.!
Ride, ride, ride, ride,
Ride on, Cowboys, to victory;
Cross (opponent)s goal;
Then we'll sing 'O-kla-homa State!'


OSU is a member of the Big 12 Conference. The OSU "Cowboys" and "Cowgirls" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The Main Campus for Oklahoma State University is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This campus includes the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. There are four other campuses in the OSU System:

  • OSU-Oklahoma City
  • OSU Institute of Technology (formerly OSU-Okmulgee)
  • OSU-Tulsa
  • OSU Center for Health Sciences

Community Life

The Main Campus for OSU in Stillwater is in the north-central area of Oklahoma. Stillwater is roughly 60 miles from Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the candidates Oklahoma State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Oklahoma State University is about 26,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 16% enrolling as graduate students and 82% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $4,600-$5,500
    • Out-of-State: $18,000-$21,380
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $150-$180 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $590-$710 per unit
  • Some programs may have a frozen tuition rate, which means the tuition will stay the same for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid89%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships79%$8,750
Receiving Student Loans42%$5,783

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Oklahoma State University may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Oklahoma State University is close to 60%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years33%
Graduating in 5 Years23%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Oklahoma State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Basketball (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Football (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
  • Equestrian

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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