#7 Best Public Universities in Oklahoma

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

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Northeastern State University overview
Location Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Online nsuok.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Northeastern State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Northeastern State University (NSU) is a public institution nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, roughly an hour's drive from Tulsa. Founded on the historic site of the Cherokee National Female Seminary in 1851, NSU is the oldest institution of higher learning in Oklahoma. The university's campus boasts a blend of modern and historic architecture, including Seminary Hall, a notable building from the original seminary, which remains a central landmark. NSU offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees with a noted emphasis on Education, Business, and Health Professions. While maintaining an inclusive admissions policy, NSU provides on-campus housing to foster a supportive educational environment.

In the most recent statistical year 1,674 prospective students applied, and 1,665 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 708 enrolled in the school.  4,319 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,383 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,285 plus fees of $1,115. NSU is ranked 933 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












NSU is rated within the lower 31% 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
Northeastern State University overview
SAT 875/1130
ACT 17/23
GPA 3.49

Applications Accepted

Northeastern State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend

Oklahoma Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Northeastern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,115
Room and Board $8,292
Budget for Other Expenses$2,750
Total One Year Cost$19,642

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Northeastern State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,115
Room and Board $8,292
Budget for Other Expenses$2,750
Total One Year Cost$28,627

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

26% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Northeastern State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 22%
Business 18%
Psychology 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 8%
Biology 7%

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