Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Stillwater, OK, Oklahoma State University is a 4-year university that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition, and admission information.

Should You Attend Oklahoma State University?

Located in Stillwater, OK, a city of about 46,000 according to the U.S. Census, Oklahoma State University (OSU) is a 4-year, public university. It offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates. Get the pros and cons below, and decide if Oklahoma State is right for you.


  • Acceptance rate is 16.5 percentage points higher than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Average debt at graduation is $5,456 less than the national average
  • Accepts AP and dual credit, and credit for life experiences
  • Offers academic and career help, and counseling services


  • Total cost is $3,651 more than the national average for in-state students
  • 4-year graduation rate is 6 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is higher than the national average
  • TAs make up a high percentage of instructors

Oklahoma State University at a Glance

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that the total cost for attending OSU during the 2011-2012 school year was $20,787 for in-state students, and $32,135 for out of state students. This figure includes tuition and fees, and living expenses, and can be compared to national average costs of $17,136 for in-state students, and $29,703 for out-of-state students according to the College Board. Despite this higher-than-average total cost, the cost of room and board was slightly lower than the national average. For the 2012-2013 school year, U.S. News and World Report estimated room and board costs of $6,868, or $2,447 less than the national average. Additionally, the average debt at graduation for the 2011 graduating class was $21,204, which was lower than the national average.

NCES reported that in the Fall of 2011 OSU had an acceptance rate of 82%, which can be compared to a national average of 65.5%, meaning that you will have a better-than-average chance of being accepted to OSU if you choose to apply. OSU accepts AP and dual credits. If you are still in high school and choose to take advantage of these options, you may be able to forgo some of your basic courses and jump right into more advanced work.

OSU is home to 10 colleges, and offers over 200 majors. The most popular majors at OSU are related to business; in 2011, according to U.S. News and World Report, 30% of students chose to major in business or a related field. Agriculture, engineering, human sciences, and education majors rounded out the top 5 most popular majors.

At OSU, the student-faculty ratio is 19 to 1, higher than the national average of 16 to 1. Most of your classes, about 50%, will have between 20 and 49 students, and about 12% will have more than 50 students. In addition, TAs make up about 45% of instructors, meaning that you will likely encounter a number of classes taught by them. Academic help is available through the Learning And Student Success Opportunity (LASSO) Center, which offers one-on-one tutoring, student academic mentors, advisors to help you choose your major, workshops, courses, and academic facilitators.

Help with interviewing, and with writing resumes and cover letters, is available. The career services department also offers personality assessments, job search help, and career planning. For non-academic help, you can turn to the university's counseling services, which include services to help you manage stress, addiction and substance abuse help, disability services, and general counseling.

After 4 years, 34% of students who began their schooling in the fall of 2005 had completed their bachelor's degree. After 6 years, 62% of those same students had graduated.

Getting In & Financial Aid

To be considered for OSU, you have to submit an admission application, your high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, and a $40 non-refundable application fee. Of the 2011 entering class, 83% were in the top 50% of their high school class, with 3.5 being the average high school GPA. When it came time to submit their standardized test scores, 29% submitted their SAT scores, and 91% submitted their ACT scores. The average ACT composite score was 25, and the average SAT scores for critical reading and math were 546 and 565 respectively.

While OSU has a rolling policy for financial aid applications, the priority deadline for filing is February 1. Of all full-time undergraduate students who were attending OSU in 2011, 68% applied for need-based financial aid, 53% were determined to have need, and 13% had their need fully met.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2011) Rolling***
Financial Aid Application Priority Deadline (2011) February 1***
Application Fee (2013) $40*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 82%**
Tuition & Fees (2011) $7,107 in-state
$18,455 out-of-state**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $12,246***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 13%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $21,204***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 5.9%**

Life at Oklahoma State University

At OSU, you will join 24,390 undergraduate and graduate students. According to NCES, 73% of students are classified as White, 7% as American Indian or Alaskan Native, 5% as African American, and 4% are Hispanic or Latino.

If you want to get involved, you can choose from about 400 student organizations, including 24 fraternities and 15 sororities. If you go Greek, you will join the 16% of men and 23% of women who choose to do so. When you need a quiet place to study, OSU offers about 4 libraries, including an architecture library, and a library of veterinary medicine. NCES reported that 80% of students who began their schooling in the Fall of 2010 chose to return to OSU in the Fall of 2011.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Rural town**
Student Population (2011) 19,136 undergraduate students
5,254 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 51% to 49%**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 86%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 69%**
% of International Students (2011) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011) 80%*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 44%***
Number of Libraries About 4*
Extracurricular Activities About 400*

Sources: *Oklahoma State University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News and World Report

Contact Info

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 219 Student Union, Stillwater, OK 74078
  • Phone number: (405) 744-5358