Southwestern Oklahoma State University, located in Weatherford, Oklahoma, was founded in 1901 as Southwestern Normal School. Operations began in 1903 at both the preparatory school and the normal school. By 1920, the preparatory facility was shut down and in its place was established a bachelor degree granting program. By World War II the school had grown, resulting in several name changes and the addition of additional programs, including the school of pharmacy. In 1953 SWOSU began offering masters degrees, and received its current name in 1974. The school merged with Sayre Junior College in 1987, expanding its offerings, facilities, and area of operation.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University offers a diverse number of programs at the associate, bachelor and master levels. Programs are offered on campus, at the branch campus at Sayre, or online. Bachelor degree programs typically take four years to complete, with an additional two years for a master's program. The PharmD program will take between 2 and 6 years depending if a student is enrolling out of high school or out of college. Associate degree programs are limited, offering tribal administration, American Indian Studies, children's teaching and general studies programs.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrolling at Southwestern Oklahoma State University must have a GPA of 2.7, be in the top 50% of their class, and have an ACT score of 20 or an SAT score of 940. Students may complete the application for admissions online, or submit it through mail along with all pertinent transcripts and documents. Students may also wish to complete the housing forms, also available online.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, work study programs and loans. Students in need of aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility and awards. Scholarships typically require a separate application that must be sent to the overseeing body of the scholarship and may be awarded based on criterion other than need.
The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bulldogs compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division II Great Western Conference. The school colors are white, blue and bulldog grey. Athletic programs provide students with additional skills and training that may be useful and applicable in academics and professional careers. These include discipline, maintaining a healthy body, and teamwork.
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Football (Men Only)
- Softball (Women Only)
- Soccer (Women Only)
- Cross Country (Women Only)
- Volleyball (Women Only)
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the students SWOSU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Southwestern Oklahoma State University is about 5,100, where graduate students make up roughly 19% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $15 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:
- State Residents: $4,700-$5,700
- Out-of-State: $11,000-$13,410
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $200-$240 per unit
- Out-of-State: $420-$500 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||93%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||85%||$6,912|
|Receiving Student Loans||73%||$3,727|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Southwestern Oklahoma State University may offer student services like:
- Online classes
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
The overall graduation rate of SWOSU is close to 33%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||13%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||8%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||6%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Southwestern Oklahoma State University - Sayre
- Medical Laboratory Technician Program
- * Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (since 1971)
- Radiology Technician Program
- * Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1990)
Campus: Southwestern Oklahoma State University
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
Southwestern Oklahoma State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (367)
- Basketball (367)
- Football (367)
- Track and Field, X-Country
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by Southwestern Oklahoma State University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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