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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 Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing's programs are approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. 

HLC's Open Pathways to Accreditation

For its next accreditation, Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be taking part in the Higher Learning Commission’s Open Pathways Ten Year Cycle. The link provides a chart that presents this cycle. Note the activities that are due each year as well as the reviewers who will be reviewing them.

Student Success Data

Retention Rates

Retention Rates - Fall to Fall 14-15 15-16 16-17
First Time Freshmen 52.6% 52.2% 51.4%
First Time Full-time Freshmen 53.5% 54.3% 53.7%

Graduation Rates

Graduation Rate/Degrees Granted - Based on full-time fall status 14-15 15-16 16-17
Graduation Rates 23.3% 26.4% 27.4%
Certificates 0 33 32
Associates 0 0 0
Bachelors 310 315 350
Master 46 44 53
Doctoral 0 0 0


Licensure Pass Rates for CPA, Teaching, Nursing

Graduate and Employment Data - 2017

Graduate and Employment Data - 2018


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Phone: (580) 327-1700

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Mission Statement

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.

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