#6 Best Public Universities in Oklahoma

East Central University

Ada, Oklahoma

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East Central University overview
Location Ada, Oklahoma
Online ecok.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
East Central University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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East Central University (ECU), located in Ada, Oklahoma, serves as an undergraduate and graduate institution offering a wide range of both bachelor's and master's degrees. ECU, founded in 1909, has a rich history that contributes to the academic and cultural heritage of the region. The university campus, characterized by a mixture of historical and contemporary architecture, promotes an environment conducive to learning and research. Situated approximately 90 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, the campus provides a semi-urban setting to its student body, which mainly hails from the regional area, though it attracts students from beyond state lines as well. ECU is known for its strong programs in education, nursing, and business, each drawing a significant number of students annually. The university's selectivity is described as moderately selective, aiming to provide higher education opportunities to a broad range of students while maintaining academic standards. Housing options are available on campus, affording students a range of living accommodations to enhance their college experience. While ECU offers a variety of NCAA Division II athletic programs, it does not bear a reputation that is predominantly defined by its athletic achievements. Overall, the institution is committed to offering comprehensive educational programs and fostering academic advancement.

In the most recent statistical year 1,200 prospective students applied, and 841 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 501 enrolled in the school.  2,506 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 870 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,001 plus fees of $1,404. ECU is ranked 928 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












ECU is rated within the lower 32% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
East Central University overview
SAT 960/1078
ACT 16/22
GPA 3.31

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $20

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Annual Cost to Attend

Oklahoma Resident Tuition

In State Costs for East Central University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,696
Other Fees$1,404
Room and Board $7,752
Budget for Other Expenses$4,066
Total One Year Cost$20,919

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for East Central University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,696
Other Fees$1,404
Room and Board $7,752
Budget for Other Expenses$4,066
Total One Year Cost$30,279

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

34% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by East Central University students
Subject Percent of Class
Human Services 14%
Health Professions 13%
Business 13%
Education 11%
Biology 7%

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