Apply for Admission-Freshman

Apply for Admission


If you currently are a senior in high school, whether traditionally schooled or homeschooled, or have graduated from high school or earned your GED but have not enrolled in a regular session at any college or university, this information is for you. International students should see information under the International Student link.


Contact our Office of Recruitment at (580) 327-8546 or email with questions.


Camp Ranger
This event will provide an opportunity to you as an incoming freshman to connect to your campus and the Alva community early!

Freshman Orientation
Freshman Orientation on the Saturday prior to the first day of school in August is a required event for all freshmen. However, if you have decided to take summer classes, we’ll see you in May, June and/or July.








Admission Requirements

Standards for admission to Northwestern are established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and are based on performance and curricular requirements. 

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have established high school curricular and performance requirements for admission to programs leading to baccalaureate degrees. Students who graduate from an accredited high school and meet both the curricular and performance criteria are eligible for admission. All first-time freshmen must also have an ACT score on file in the Registrar's Office.  

Criteria You’ll Need to Meet:

  • Minimum ACT of 20 or SAT of 1020 (Evidence Based Reading & Writing + Math) (tests administered on or after March 5, 2016) or SAT of 940 (Critica Reading + Math) (tests administered before March 5, 2016) OR

  • Ranked in top 50 percent of high school class and minimum CGPA of 2.7 OR

  • 2.7 CGPA in the 15 units required for high school core courses 
    • 4 units English (Grammar, Composition, Literature)

    • 3 units Lab Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or any lab science certified by the school district. General Science may not be used to meet this requirement.)

    • 3 units Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Statistics)

    • 3 units History and Citizenship Skills (including 1 unit of American History and 2 units of History, Government, Economics, Geography, and/or Non-Western Culture)

    • 2 units Additional Units (Any previously listed subjects, Computer Science, Foreign Language)

  • For alternative admission options, contact the Office of Recruitment for details 

What We’ll Need from You:

These items will show proof of immunization for certain diseases. See more information in our Immunization Policy. We won’t be able to make a room assignment in University Housing until we receive your Immunization information.

How Should I Prepare?

Apply for Admission

You’ve done the research, you’ve visited the campus, and now you’re ready to take that next step to become a Northwestern Oklahoma State University Ranger and proudly wear the Red and Black.

To apply for admission to Northwestern, do the following:

1. Apply Online
NO APPLICATION FEE beginning with Fall 2021 applications! A $15 fee is still required for students applying for admission for the Summer 2021 term - payable by credit or debit card.

2. OR Fill out a paper application and return to the Registry Office, 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717. (Summer 2021 application fee of $15 still applicable. If you want to pay with a credit card, you can call the Business Office at (580) 327-8534. Application fees and dorm deposits are the only things you can pay for by phone or in person with a credit card in the Business Office).

3. Fill out the Immunization Records Form and Hepatitis B Statement (See Northwestern’s Immunization Policy).

4. Send your current high school transcript to the Registrar’s Office, 709 Oklahoma Blvd, Alva, OK 73717, and upon your graduation, we’ll need an official copy of your final high school transcript that includes your graduation date, GPA and rank.

5. Submit official ACT or SAT scores to the Registrar’s Office (if you did not have them sent directly to Northwestern upon taking these tests).  Web scores will not be accepted.

6. Apply for scholarships by May 15 (best if returned by March 31).

What is the deadline to apply for admission?

If you are a United States citizen or United States permanent resident you can apply up until classes begin for the semester you wish to attend. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as some of the other applications such as Scholarships, Financial Aid and Student Housing have deadlines, and awards are dependent upon being admitted. Please see Paying for College and Living on Campus for more information.

I've been accepted, now what? 

Congratulations on being accepted into the #RangerFamily! Share your acceptance excitement on social media by posting a photo of yourself with your acceptance letter while using the hashtag #NWOSUsaidYES

Don’t forget to:

1. Send your final transcript to the Registrar’s Office, 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717.

2. Fill out the online Scholarship Application before May 15th (best if returned by March 31) to apply for academic and participation scholarships.

3.  Apply for Housing/Meal Contract from the Living on Campus web page.

4. Pay $100.00 deposit. Payment can be mailed to Business Office, 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717 or call them at (580) 327-8534 to pay with a credit card.  (Dorm deposits and application fees are the only things you can pay for by phone or in person with a credit card in the Business Office.)

** Room applications will not be considered complete, and room assignments will not be made until providing your application, the Meningitis form and deposit **

When Can I Enroll?
Your first chance to enroll is in April at Freshman Connection, a day created just for you! Your parents are welcome to tag along because we have a special time devoted to them as well. Please register by clicking the link provided.

Call (580) 327-8546 or email with questions.

Ranger Connection: A Required Class for All First-time Freshmen
All first-time freshmen must take Ranger Connection, a one credit hour class that helps students adjust to college life.

I’m Enrolled, Now What?
Once you have enrolled at Northwestern, here are the steps you need to take to be successful:

  • Ensure Financial Aid is complete

  • Ensure all Housing forms are complete and deposit is paid

  • Complete the Online Scholarship Application

  • Get involved with Clubs/Organizations

  • Complete Haven (Title IX Training)

    • Haven Login Instructions

      • Login to RangerNet

      • Select the student tab

      • On the left hand side (under the Student Dashboard box) click on "Everfi-Haven Course Student (CCv3)"

      • Click on LAUNCH HAVEN COURSE

      • Input demographic information

      • Complete the program

Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid
Freshmen can apply for a number of academic and participation scholarships by using the online Scholarship Application. Freshmen interested in being involved in a leadership role at Northwestern may be interested in applying for the coveted President’s Leadership Class Scholarship.

Alva Incentive Program  
First-time freshmen and transfer students attending Northwestern-Alva on a full-time basis who establish a residence in the city may be eligible for additional financial assistance through a unique toNorthwestern incentive program. Administered through the Financial Aid Office, this incentive program provides assistance for tuition, university housing and other school-related expenses. To qualify for this scholarship money, you’ll need to live within the Alva city limits. 

More information on Scholarships, Financial Aid and Costs to attend Northwestern are available at Paying for College

Campus Bookstore

Textbooks for your classes can be picked up in the NWOSU Bookstore online or in the Student Center. And, while you're shopping for books, check out the selection of Ranger apparel and gifts to get set up with all the latest Ranger gear.

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