Cameron University, located in Lawton, OK, directly ties its establishment to the founding of the state of Oklahoma. Once Oklahoma achieved statehood, the legislature quickly moved to develop agricultural high schools in each of its six districts by 1908. Cameron State School of Agriculture first educated high school students in the basement of a local bank. The institution soon grew adding post-secondary classes by 1927, and changing its name to Cameron State Agricultural College. In 1941, the school ended high school programming to focus on higher education.
As the college evolved, degree programs were expanded to include Bachelor’s degrees and then graduate degrees followed. Likewise, the name followed expansions, transitioning to Cameron College and then Cameron University in 1974. Additionally, Cameron University extended the physical campus to include the Duncan Higher Education Center in Duncan, Oklahoma, in 2004.
Today, the public 4-year Cameron University is the only institution in the state of Oklahoma that awards Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees at one institution. Approximately 6,000 students are enrolled in over 50 degree programs. In addition, students from more than 48 different countries attend Cameron and the student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1. Cameron University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, a number of degrees and programs retain programmatic accreditation and approvals, including the accredited programs of:
- School of Business by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
- Teacher Education programs by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
- Select programs in Music by the National Association of Schools of Music
- Medical Technology coursework by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, via the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Students can pursue a wide range of studies at Cameron University. Master’s degrees include programs in Behavioral Science, Educational Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Education, Reading, and Business Administration. Bachelor of Arts degrees range in topics from Theatre Arts and Romance Languages to History and Mathematics Education. Bachelor of Science degrees give students multiple options, some of which include degrees in Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Multimedia Design, and more. Furthermore, students can complete Bachelor’s degrees that specialize in fields of Accounting, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Music, and Music Education. Undergraduate Associate’s degrees give students options in Business, Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, Electronic Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Multimedia Design, and Respiratory Care.
In addition to degree programs, Cameron University also supports non-degree pre-professional programs in the fields of medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and engineering.
Cameron University also houses distance education learning for added convenience. Students can pursue an Associate in Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies online, with concentrations in Criminal Justice, Technology, MultiMedia, and Business, or enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program. Online Graduate programs feature the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degrees. Asynchronous online coursework is similar to on-campus counterparts with schedules and assignment deadlines. Furthermore, in compliance with the Higher Learning Commission, at least one proctored exam must accompany each online course. Online courses include an added $40 per credit hour, in addition to regular tuition. Furthermore, Cameron University offers classes via interactive television coursework as another distance learning option.
Tuition is charged per semester credit hour and based on state residency.
Cameron University supports financial assistance in the forms of grants, scholarships, loans and Work-Study. Grants include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the TEACH Grant, and the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant. Students may also qualify for institutional and non-institutional scholarships. The Cameron University Foundation, Inc. awards a number of merit-based and academic scholarships. Loan programs include the Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan programs. Furthermore, Cameron University partners with Veterans Affairs to support a number of benefits, including the Montgomery GI Bill, VA Vocational Rehabilitation, VEAP, REAP, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance, and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Public
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,555
Percent Admitted:Open admission policy
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