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Northeastern State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Northeastern State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Northeastern State University was awarded 702 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is Indian/Native American education.

Overall Quality

NSU is ranked #1,400 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

NSU is also ranked #15 out of 36 schools in Oklahoma.

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Is It Hard to Get Into NSU?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 99%, NSU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 4% 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 475 and 565. Math scores were between 480 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northeastern State University  ( 475 to 565 )

SAT Math Scores for Northeastern State University  ( 480 to 560 )
NSU received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Northeastern State University  ( 17 to 24 )

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Northeastern State University Faculty

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 Northeastern State 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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Northeastern State University is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northeastern State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Northeastern State University is 66%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  66 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 NSU is 13%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  13 out of 100

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Northeastern State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,004 undergraduates at NSU with 4,155 being full-time and 1,849 being part-time.

How Much Does Northeastern State University Cost?

The overall average net price of NSU is $9,994. 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 NSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,614 $7,543 $11,683 $15,029 $14,386

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 NSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 50% of students took out student loans averaging $5,564 a year. That adds up to $22,256 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NSU is 8.9%. 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 NSU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from NSU make around $35,800 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 10% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of Northeastern State University

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

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Contact details for NSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 N Grand, Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399
Phone: 918-456-5511

Northeastern State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from Northeastern State University. Of these students, 1,466 received undergraduate degrees and 390 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 134 $59,485
Child Development & Psychology 121 NA
Business Administration & Management 107 $42,123
Criminal Justice & Corrections 105 $30,988
Teacher Education Grade Specific 98 $33,943
Liberal Arts General Studies 89 $34,298
Health & Physical Education 69 $26,585
Accounting 67 $44,765
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 60 NA
Quality Control Technology 53 $48,600

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

Online Learning at NSU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 6,321 students took at least one online class at Northeastern State University. This is an increase from the 4,977 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 6,321 3,060
2018-2019 4,977 1,653
2017-2018 4,981 1,533
2016-2017 4,610 1,299
2015-2016 4,296 1,084

Learn more about online learning at Northeastern State University.

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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