Northwestern fifth among top 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges

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Northwestern fifth among top 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges

NWOSU CampusNorthwestern Oklahoma State University has been recognized by as being fifth among the Most Affordable Small Colleges in America.

The organization first looked at more than 2,700 institutions of higher learning before identifying about 700 schools defined as a “small college,” or those schools with enrollments of 4,000 students or fewer. Northwestern has an average enrollment of 2,300 students from its three campus locations in Alva, Enid and Woodward.

They then determined affordability based on the school’s “net price,” a figure they believed to be more accurate than reporting tuition rates alone. The net price figures were generated by College Navigator, a component of the National Center for Education Statistics, who stated they did so “…by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.”

Best Value Schools Affordable Small noted that the net price should give students a more accurate assessment (although not necessarily precise for everyone) of what can be expected to pay in total costs per year at any given school. It then compiled a list of the 100 most affordable small colleges that cover a range of academic majors, religious affiliations, locations, extracurricular opportunities, interests, budget and close-knit communities of which Northwestern ranked fifth most affordable at less than $7,000 a year. They also included in Northwestern’s information that the university offers the nation’s most affordable room and board prices at only $3,700 a year.

“Northwestern is a great educational value when it comes to combining academic quality and price,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “As a university, we have made a commitment that tuition will remain as affordable as possible without sacrificing quality in the programs our students expect and deserve.”

This ranking from comes after Northwestern received other notable distinctions on quality and affordability during the fall semester.

Affordable Colleges Foundation ranked Northwestern’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting online degree program among the top 50 in the nation. No other Oklahoma school earned a ranking on this list, and Northwestern’s program came in at 31. also lists Northwestern as sixth out of 17 Oklahoma colleges it ranked in the category of Most Affordable Online Colleges in Oklahoma. Besides the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree, Northwestern offers online bachelor’s degrees in business administration, applied arts and sciences in technical management and an RN-to-BSN program in nursing.

Northwestern also has been ranked fourth on a list of the top 30 Most Attractive Yet Affordable College Campuses across the nation compiled by and continues to be ranked among the region’s leading universities by “U.S. News & World Report” as having the nation’s most affordable on-campus living, and as a best value institution.

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