Northeastern State University

Introduction

History

As you enter Northeastern State University’s Tahlequah campus, the paved walkway leading from Muskogee Avenue will take you on a path that embodies the history and heritage of NSU. From the bronze sculpture of Sequoyah, noted 19th century Cherokee diplomat and creator of the Cherokee syllabary, to the clock tower on Seminary Hall that is a symbol of this institution, you will participate in a very unique experience.

Back in 1846, Northeastern State University was founded as the Cherokee National Female Seminary. This historic link to the Cherokee Nation and Indian Territory make Northeastern the oldest institution of higher learning in Oklahoma.

Our history as a state institution began on March 6, 1909, when the Oklahoma legislature purchased the Female Seminary and created Northeastern State Normal School, where the first classes were held on September 14, 1909. A decade later, NSNS transformed into Northeastern State Teacher’s College, offering a four-year curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree. The Oklahoma legislature authorized changing the name of NSTC to Northeastern State College in 1939. We became officially known as Northeastern State University in 1985.

Today we are Oklahoma’s fourth-largest public four-year institution and one of six regional institutions governed by the Regional University System of Oklahoma board. The university serves a learning hub in northeastern Oklahoma formed by three campuses – the main campus in Tahlequah and branch campuses in Muskogee and Broken Arrow – which together serve nearly 9,000 students annually.

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission

Founded on the rich educational heritage of the Cherokee Nation, the campuses of Northeastern State University provide its diverse communities with lifelong learning through a broad array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional doctoral degree programs. With high expectations for student success, the University provides quality teaching, challenging curricula, research and scholarly activities, immersive learning opportunities, and service to local and professional communities. The institution’s dedicated faculty and staff offer a service-oriented, supportive learning environment where students prepare to achieve professional and personal success in a multicultural and global society.

Focused Mission Statement

We empower students, faculty, staff and the community to reach their full intellectual and human potential by creating and expanding a culture of learning, discovery, and diversity.

Vision

Northeastern State University shapes the future of its region as the educational partner of choice, setting a standard of excellence by serving the intellectual, cultural, social and economic needs of the University’s diverse communities.

Values

Integrity

NSU models integrity through ethical and intellectual behaviors and practices by advancing honesty, human dignity, and accountability.

Collaboration

NSU engages in collaboration through partnerships to create learning opportunities and promote educational and economic success.

Creativity

NSU advances creativity through exploration, innovation, critical inquiry, and intellectual freedom.

Leadership

NSU inspires leadership through its commitment to prepare and serve others.

Excellence

NSU pursues excellence by continually improving individually and as a community.

Communication

NSU advocates communication through the free flow of information and ideas.

Diversity

NSU values diversity and empowerment by promoting the rights of individuals and equal access to educational and enrichment experiences, respecting cultural differences, and ensuring equal opportunity.

NSU at a Glance

Enrollment

- Full Time Part Time Total
Undergraduate 5,001 2,043 7,045
Graduate 477 755 1,231
Total 5,478 2,798 8,276
Opening Enrollment Report for Fall 2015

Degree Programs
  • 54 Undergraduate programs/majors
  • 24 Graduate programs
Opening Enrollment Report for Fall 2015

Student Profile
  • 62.7% Women
  • 37.3% Men
  • 91.9% Oklahoma Residents
  • 6.4% Other United States and territories
  • 50.6% White
  • 19.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 15.7% Two or more races
  • 4.0% African American/Black
  • 1.7% Unknown
  • 4.8% Hispanic
  • 2.0% Asian
  • 1.7% Non-resident alien
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Opening Enrollment Report for Fall 2015

Most Popular Fields of Study
  • Elementary Education
  • Biology
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
Faculty
  • 51% Women
  • 49% Men
  • 19% Minority
  • 53% With highest degree in field
Class Size
  • 84% Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students
  • 97% Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students
Housing
  • 65% New freshman live on campus
  • 18% All undergrads live on campus
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Contact

Northeastern State University Tahlequah

Address North Grand Avenue 600
74464 Tahlequah, United States
Website http://www.nsuok.edu/
Phone +1 918-456-5511