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.
In celebration of 100 years as a state institution, and in tribute to Northeastern’s shared heritage with the Cherokee Nation, Founders Day activities were held on March 6, 2009. The historic occasion was marked by the unveiling of the Sequoyah statue and dedication of Centennial Plaza.
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.
While engaged in your undergraduate or graduate studies at Northeastern State University, you will be part of our exciting and challenging academic life led by our diverse, dedicated faculty. We offer a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs on each of our three campuses, with flexible schedules designed to fit your busy schedule
Northeastern State University will continue to play a major role in the higher education arena, while working together with educational and community partners to meet challenges, said Dr. Don Betz in his inaugural address on May 1, 2009. With new challenges facing the world in education, politics, economics, the environment, and numerous other areas that affect our lives daily, NSU will continue to partner for solutions and build upon the foundation of educational leadership established over the past century. We will strive to build sustainable communities, create global literacy and global engagement, and cultivate leadership in the next generation.
Where Will I Live?
So that you can enjoy the convenience of living on campus, Northeastern State University offers traditional co-ed residence halls, a suite-style facility, and two family apartment complexes. Each of our residence halls is staffed with highly qualified professionals.
At NSU, we recognize that learning outside the classroom is a vital part of your college experience. It’s the day-to-day opportunities to engage in student life and the relationships you form with fellow students that shape your college experience. Various campus living communities are available to suit your circumstances, with amenities and room design options that promise the comfortable feeling of home.
Whether you become a student at Tahlequah, Muskogee or Broken Arrow, you’ll find a warm, welcoming community where you’ll build great relationships and learn in small groups from talented, experienced faculty.