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East Central University Data & Information Overview

40 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
65% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is East Central University Ranked?

#1,545 Best Colleges in Nation
#19 Best Colleges in OK
General Human Services Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

East Central University was awarded 40 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general human services.

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Overall Quality

ECU landed the #1,545 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when ECU held the #1,647 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 32 colleges in Oklahoma, ECU is ranked at #19.

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Is It Hard to Get Into ECU?

65% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
1% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at East Central University is a competitive 65%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 1% of students accepted to ECU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 418 and 430. Math scores were between 463 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for East Central University  ( 418 to 430 )

SAT Math Scores for East Central University  ( 463 to 530 )
ECU received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for East Central University  ( 17 to 22 )

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East Central University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
99% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At East Central University, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at East Central University is 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  99 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at East Central University

57% Freshmen Retention
22% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At East Central University this rate is 57%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  57 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at ECU is 22%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  22 out of 100

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East Central University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,456 Full-Time Undergraduates
30.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,939 undergraduates at ECU with 2,456 being full-time and 483 being part-time.

How Much Does East Central University Cost?

$10,496 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
$20,400 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of ECU is $10,496. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for ECU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,943 $8,618 $12,954 $15,448 $16,585

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of ECU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At ECU, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $5,100 a year. That adds up to $20,400 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ECU is 6.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do ECU Graduates Make?

$40,737 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from ECU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $40,737 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at East Central University make the most money.

Location of East Central University

Oklahoma State
2,456 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
East Central University is a public institution situated in Ada, Oklahoma. Ada is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for ECU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1100 E. 14Th Street, Ada, OK 74820-6999
Phone: 580-332-8000

East Central University Majors

35 Majors With Completions
534 Undergraduate Degrees
235 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 35 majors graduated from East Central University. Of these students, 534 received undergraduate degrees and 235 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 67 $58,379
Business Administration & Management 57 $32,762
Computer Information Systems 54 $46,037
Health & Physical Education 52 $27,783
General Biology 44 $27,120
Human Services 32 $30,281
Liberal Arts General Studies 28 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 27 $35,051
General Psychology 21 $27,519
Communication & Media Studies 20 $27,317

Learn more about the majors offered at East Central University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ECU

78% Take At Least One Class Online
31% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 2,612 students took at least one online class at East Central University. This is a decrease from the 3,608 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 2,612 1,023
2019-2020 3,608 3,608
2018-2019 2,356 663
2017-2018 1,980 546
2016-2017 2,055 601

Learn more about online learning at East Central University.

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Notes and 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.


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