Oklahoma State University

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Updated August 6, 2020

Oklahoma State University, commonly called OSU, O-State, and Oklahoma State, is a public research institution of higher learning with its main campus residing in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It houses five campuses throughout the state. It prides itself on its title, "America's Brightest Orange." It is committed to leadership and service, and it strives to prepare students for a successful future in a dynamic and competitive world. It is also dedicated to improving the lives of people in the state, nation, and world.

It offers high quality instruction, research, and outreach through its variety of programs. About 200 undergraduate majors are offered through six colleges: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology, College of Human Sciences, and Spears School of Business. The Honors College is also available and it provides opportunities for advanced study, research, and collaboration for select students. The Graduate College offers a variety of graduate degree programs. The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences offers professional programs that lead to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Oklahoma State University was founded in 1890 as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College under the Morrill Act of 1862.

The first academic building, Old Central, was dedicated in 1894. By 1919, the campus included numerous structures including Morrill Hall, the Central Building, the Engineering Building, the Women's building, the Auditorium, the Power Plant and the Armory-Gymnasium. The university continued to grow throughout the early and mid 1900s. In 1957, the school became Oklahoma State University of Agricultural and Applied Sciences and the latter part of the name was removed in 1980. The university continued to expand and in 2005, the "Campus Master Plan" was announced to improve academic, athletic, and administrative departments. The OSU Student Union is the world's largest comprehensive university union. Today, O-State is home to more than 35,000 students, including those from all 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Oklahoma State University Accreditation Details

The Higher Learning Commission accredits Oklahoma State University. Oklahoma State Department of Education accredits the agriculture education program and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits the Biosystems and agricultural engineering program.

Tuition and Financial Aid


Oklahoma State University offers a block rate for full-time students to take 12 to 18 hours of courses and pay a specific rate for tuition and fees.

  • Undergraduate resident: $4,160.25 per semester
  • Undergraduate non-resident: $11,221.50 per semester

Tuition by Residency and Level

Tuition is also assessed depending on residency status and level of courses.

  • Undergraduate resident guaranteed rate: $189.41 per credit hour
  • Undergraduate resident nonguaranteed rate: $164.75 per credit hour
  • Undergraduate nonresident: $635.50 per credit hour
  • Graduate resident: $209.70 per credit hour
  • Graduate nonresident: $825.05 per credit hour


Oklahoma State University also charges a variety of mandatory fees per credit hour, including student activity fee, student facility fee, student development fee, health services fee, advising and assessment fee, library automation and technology fee, and parking fee. Additional fees are assessed by specific programs.

Online Fees

  • Arts and Sciences: $85 per credit hour
  • Business, undergraduate: $95 per credit hour
  • Business, graduate: $100 per credit hour
  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources: $85 per credit hour
  • College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology: $95 per credit hour
  • Education: $85 per credit hour
  • Human Sciences: $90 per credit hour
  • Division of International Studies and Outreach: $75 per credit hour

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources to assist students in paying for their tuition and fees at Oklahoma State University. Aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study.


  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG)
  • Oklahoma Promise (for residents of Oklahoma)
  • Cowboy Covenant (Oklahoma Promise Recipient)
  • OSU Opportunity Grant
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant


OSU offers a variety of scholarships to students and partners with an array of outside entities to provide students with scholarship opportunities. Examples of institutional scholarships include:

  • Valedictorian Scholarship
  • Academic Excellence Award
  • Regents Distinguished Scholarship
  • Academic Opportunity Award
  • President's Distinguished Scholarship
  • President's Leadership Council Scholarship
  • Out-of-State Achievement Scholarship
  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship
  • Regents Distinguished Transfer Scholarship
  • Transfer Out-of-State Achievement Scholarship
  • International Achievement Freshman Scholarship


  • Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Work Study

OSU participates in the Federal Work-Study program that provides part-time jobs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to help them pay for their educational expenses. Individuals are paid at least the current minimum wage.

Online Degrees Available

The Department of Agricultural Education Communications and Leadership at Oklahoma State University offers online graduate programs in agriculture. The programs are designed for working professionals seeking to future their education. The programs prepare students to advance their careers in agribusiness, government service, education or related areas. Students develop professional leadership skills. The programs are flexible and can be adjusted to meet individual student's situation. A Master of Science in Agricultural Education, Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Education, and Master of Agriculture of Agricultural Leadership are available.

The programs provide instruction in agricultural economics, biosystems and agricultural engineering, animal science, biochemistry, plant and soil science, and entomology and plant pathology. Each program requires the completion of 32 approved semester credit hours of courses, including a creative component. Examples of graduate courses in agriculture include issues in agricultural communications, ethical issues in agriculture, methods and skills of teaching and management in agricultural education, organizing curriculum and programs of agricultural education, quantitative research methods in agricultural education, leadership in agriculture, and creative component in agricultural leadership and extension education. Internships are also required for agriculture programs.

Related Resource: Top 20 Most Affordable Online Master's in Agriculture Business/Agribusiness

In addition to online graduate programs in agriculture, many courses in the agribusiness campus-based program are offered online. Examples of offered online courses include agricultural leadership in multicultural society, written communications in agricultural sciences and natural resources, international agricultural markets and trade, temperature stress physiology, and sustainable nursery production. Oklahoma State University offers a variety of course options for individuals seeking to pursue careers in agribusiness or agricultural business.

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