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Academic System
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 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

Types of Degrees
Northwestern offers the following types of bachelor's degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.), along with three other specialized bachelor's degrees, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) We also offer the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.). All degrees include general education requirements in the sciences, arts, humanities, and a field of concentration (major). The University also offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and a Master of Counseling Psychology degree and  a Master of Arts in American Studies. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, Northwestern will offer its first doctorate program -- the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has been a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education since the inception of that organization. The University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a bachelor's and master's degree-granting institution. In addition, Northwestern is fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education as a bachelor's and master's degree-granting institution. The Northwestern’s School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The School of Nursing holds membership in the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Northwestern's Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  The Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting and Business Administration), Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (Technical Management major) degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

General Education Requirements
The general education program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University provides a foundation for all degree programs and offers opportunities for students to develop competencies in critical thinking, leadership, and literacy.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
The General Education requirements at Northwestern 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.


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Quick Facts

Bachelor's degrees are available in more than 40 areas of study.

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.

Most popular degrees:

  • Education
  • Health and Sports Science Education
  • Business Administration
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Pre-medicine
  • Mass Communication
  • Computer Science

Campus Population Breakdown:

  • 1,378 on Alva campus
  • 214 on Enid campus
  • 245 on Woodward campus

All of the university's 89 full-time faculty are committed to student success and are well-respected in their fields. Sixty percent of all full-time faculty members have earned doctoral degrees.

The student-faculty ratio is approximately 15 to 1.

Alva campus library contains approximately 100,000 books and provides about 75 print journal subscriptions. It also has 8,000 full-text online journals. The Enid campus library has about 10,000 books.