Northwestern provides a quality and affordable education to all students. Our academic goals are driven through our Mission Statement, which embraces ethical leadership and service, critical thinking and fiscal responsibility.
Our faculty focus on teaching, not research, allowing them time to provide personal attention to you, providing detailed academic advising and other forms of academic assistance. You will get to know your teachers, and they will get to know you.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University provides quality educational and cultural opportunities to learners with diverse needs by cultivating ethical leadership and service, critical thinking and fiscal responsibility.
The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Other programs such as education, business, nursing and social work have specialized accreditations from national organizations. These include the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Oklahoma Board of Nursing, National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Our university provides a quality and affordable education to all students. Northwestern’s academic goals are driven through its Mission Statement, which embraces ethical leadership and service, critical thinking and fiscal responsibility.
Three academic schools, the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Professional Studies, offer 34 bachelor’s degrees with various options and minors. In addition, the university’s Graduate Studies program offers degrees and options in the areas of Education, Counseling Psychology, and American Studies.
Dr. Bo Hannaford
Herod Hall, second floor
Associate Vice President for Academics and Dean of Faculty
At Northwestern, we take great pride in the quality of education provided to students with a variety of interests and aspirations. At the heart of that education is a highly committed and qualified faculty who provide instruction on our main campus in Alva as well as at our Enid and Woodward locations, at the University Center in Ponca City, by ITV to students at additional and concurrent sites, and through online courses to students in a variety of locations.
The faculty serve in three schools—the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Professional Studies—and offer courses to support more than 40 major degree options. Sixty-two percent of full-time faculty members hold the doctoral degree, and more than 65 percent hold a terminal degree. This level of expertise, coupled with a student-faculty ratio of less than 15 to 1, allows the faculty to provide students with the support and experiences that they need to be successful.
We hope that you will be one of those Ranger success stories now or in the future!
Dr. James Bell
Fine Arts 211
Types of Degrees
All degrees at Northwestern include general education requirements in the sciences, arts, humanities and a field of concentration (major).
We offer the following types of bachelor's degrees:
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Specialized bachelor's degrees:
- Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
- Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
- Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.)
- Master of Education (M.Ed.)
- Master of Counseling Psychology
- Master of Arts in American Studies
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Northwestern’s academic year consists of two semesters, fall and spring, and a summer session. The fall and spring semesters are each 16 weeks in length. The fall semester begins in mid-August and ends in early-December. The spring semester begins in mid-January and ends in early-May. The summer session begins the first week of June and ends the last week of July. Interim courses also are offered in December, January and May.
Students pursuing undergraduate degree programs are classified by the number of semester hours of credit earned. Hours that are excluded include developmental courses taught below college level and courses in which "F" grades are received. Listed below are the criteria used in the classification process:
- Freshman: fewer than 31 hours
- Sophomore: 31-60 hours
- Junior: 61-90 hours
- Senior: 91 + hours
General Education Requirements
The General Education program at Northwestern provides a foundation for all degree programs and offers opportunities for students to develop competencies in critical thinking, leadership and literacy. You will want to concentrate on taking these requirements early in your college career.
General Education classes are required of all students for graduation. Some degree programs require specific general education courses. Students should consult the department sections in the Undergraduate Catalog for specific courses in General Education required for majors.
Bachelor’s degrees are available in more than 40 areas of study. (link bold text to List of Degrees)
Most popular degree programs:
- Health and Sports Science Education
- Business Administration
- Criminal Justice
The student-faculty ratio is approximately 15 to 1.
Campus Population Breakdown (Fall 2016):
- 1,440 on Alva campus
- 243 on Enid campus
- 286 on Woodward campus
More than two-thirds of college students change their majors at least once during their college careers.
Undecided? While completing your general education requirements, add a few electives. You might discover a path to your future.