Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Northwestern Oklahoma 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.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University was awarded 49 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, NWOSU is ranked #1,517 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

NWOSU also holds the #20 spot on the Best Colleges in Oklahoma ranking.

See all of the rankings for Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into NWOSU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Northwestern Oklahoma State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 83%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 Composite scores ranged between 17 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Northwestern Oklahoma State University  ( 17 to 23 )

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is about average at 15 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 Northwestern Oklahoma State University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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 Northwestern Oklahoma State 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 NWOSU is 9%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  9 out of 100

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,767 undergraduates at NWOSU with 1,376 being full-time and 391 being part-time.

How Much Does Northwestern Oklahoma State University Cost?

The overall average net price of NWOSU is $9,791. 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 NWOSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,491 $7,767 $9,945 $13,711 $14,320

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 NWOSU, 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 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 10.7%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do NWOSU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from NWOSU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $36,400 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 9% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Northwestern Oklahoma State University make the most money.

Location of Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a public institution located in Alva, Oklahoma. The surrounding location of Alva is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Contact details for NWOSU are given below.

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

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 31 majors graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Of these students, 332 received undergraduate degrees and 51 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 44 $53,200
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 33 NA
Business Administration & Management 33 $31,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 31 $29,200
Agricultural Economics & Business 31 NA
General Psychology 28 $24,200
Teacher Education Grade Specific 21 $33,100
General Biology 14 NA
Social Work 14 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 13 NA

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

Online Learning at NWOSU

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 2018-2019, 1,218 students took at least one online class at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This is a decrease from the 1,223 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,218 461
2017-2018 1,223 371
2016-2017 1,236 400
2015-2016 1,329 381
2013-2014 1,120 331

Learn more about online learning at Northwestern Oklahoma State 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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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