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Diversity at Northwestern

Service Area Diversity Facts

Diversity is respected at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and individual differences are embraced as learning opportunities for members of the campus community. Northwestern recognizes that a dynamic diversity program is an essential dimension of any academic institution. As the world continues to change, and technology creates global economic opportunities regardless of geographic location, it is necessary that we prepare students to meet those evolving demands.

The population composition of Northwestern’s service area creates challenging experiences for both faculty and students. As such, the diversity program at Northwestern, led by qualified faculty and staff, annually assesses and evaluates the ever-changing student and campus community needs regarding diversity and plans diversity awareness, engagement, and training opportunities to meet those needs.

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        Oklahoma Counties in Northwestern's Main Service Area 

Click on the State of Oklahoma image above to open links to the U.S. Census Bureau's Quick Facts for each county in Northwestern's service area.

Service Area Demographic Analysis

Northwestern’s service area counties had an estimated population in 2020 of 204,448 people.

The sub-group population composition is as follows:

85.65% of this population is White and 14.86%* are Hispanic/Latino. The remaining population are comprised of Native American, Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Mixed Race (two or more races) members. The county with the largest Native American population is Kay County with a 11.3% Native American population. Texas County has the highest percentage of Hispanics with 47% and African American 5% of the total county population. In terms of actual numbers Texas County has the largest population of Hispanics and Garfield County has the largest population of African Americans, Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders amongst the service area counties. Kay County has the largest percentage (81.10%) of individuals 25 years and older without a bachelor's degree.

The Medium Household Income (MHI) for the state of Oklahoma is $52,919 for the years 2015-2019. Northwest Oklahoma exhibits an MHI of $52,913 for 2019.

15.2% of the population of Oklahoma is at or below the federal poverty line. In Northwest Oklahoma, the percent of individuals living at or below the poverty line is 13.7%.

We recognize that the English as a Second Language (ESL) Learner population is growing in the northwest region of the state, and we also know that the first generation college attendee population is rapidly growing.  As Northwestern designs recruitment, retention, and advisement programs, we are attentive to the unique needs of these students.

(U. S. Census Bureau-Quick Facts - updated September 2021)

Significant Service Area Demographics

  • Under Age 18 = 25.08%
  • Over Age 65 = 17.62%
  • White = 86.65%
  • Black = 2.73%
  • American-Indian = 5.23%
  • Asian = 1.16%
  • Hispanic = 14.86%* 
  • NHPI = 1.35%+
  • Foreign Born = 7.57%
  • Non-English Speaker = 13.13%
  • Dependency Ratio = 1:1.34
  • Gender = Female 49.08%
  • Individuals with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher = 21.67%
  • Individuals without Health Insurance = 17.95%
  • Individuals under Age 65 with a Disability = 11.47%

*Explanatory Note: Hispanics may be of any race, and the population totals among minority groups may not total 100 percent.

+Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

(U. S. Census Bureau-Quick Facts - updated September 2021)


Dr. Roger Brown
Associate Professor of Business
Division of Business
Northwestern - Alva
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Phone: (580) 327-8509

Diversity Statement

Northwestern values the differences of every individual and promotes the expression of differing opinions and beliefs; appreciates the culture and backgrounds of each person; and treats every person with respect. The Northwestern community considers diversity an indispensable component of academic and personal excellence, and embraces the concept that a diverse learning environment fosters a rich civic learning and engagement process that prepares us to live in an increasingly globalized and complex world.

Civility Statement

The Northwestern community practices the values of inclusivity, informed and respectful dialogue, collegiality and acceptance of difference. We encourage the development of a civil community that values critical inquiry, discovery, innovation, integrity and personal dignity.  It is our goal to appreciate and consider individual feelings and circumstances as we cultivate an atmosphere of civility and trust within the learning environment and the broader communities in which we serve.

NWOSU Diversity Plan 2016-2021

NWOSU Strategic Plan 2016-2021

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