East Central University is a public institution of higher learning located in Ada, Oklahoma. Founded in 1909 as the East Central State Normal School. Originally, the school began as a four-year preparatory teaching school and students received a teaching certification. In 1919, East Central State Normal School officially received permission from the state of Oklahoma to provide four-year bachelor’s degrees in teacher education. However, throughout the next two decades, the school began to offer subjects outside of education and as a result was renamed East Central State College. The university was renamed again in 1974 to East Central Oklahoma State University; however, it did not adopt its current name until 1985. East Central University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
East Central University has about 4,000 undergraduate students and a little fewer than 1,000 graduate students. About 20 percent of students at ECU are part time. The average age of the entire student body is 25 years old and 23 years old for full time students. About 65 percent of students return for their second year. ECU is fairly ethnically diverse. Sixty percent of the student body is Caucasian in addition to 20 percent American Indian students, 5 percent African American students and 5 percent Hispanic students. There are more women at ECU than men and the gender ratio is about 60:40. A vast majority of the ECU student body is from Oklahoma. Only about 10 percent of students live out of state. ECU provides several support services for students. ECU provides adult re-entering programs, financial aid counseling and career counseling.
Tuition and fees at East Central University differs for in and out of state students. Annual tuition and fees as an in state student is about $5,000. Out of state students annual tuition and fees is around $12,000. Part time students typically determine their tuition at a cost per credit hour basis. Cost per credit hour as an in state student is $120. Out of state student’s cost per credit hour is about $350. Determining how to finance tuition can be a challenging time; however, ECU students have several options to choose from. Students at ECU can apply for grants, scholarships, Federal Financial Aid and private loans. Students can also participate in part time work study programs.
Within ECU, the university has four specialized colleges and a graduate school. The specialized colleges include the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Business, the College of Education and Psychology, and the College of Health and Sciences. Additionally, EDU has an online distance-learning program. ECU offers degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s level. Some of the most popular majors include health professions, business, education and public administration. Students who wish to earn their bachelor’s degree from ECU must complete an average of 120 credit hours and usually complete the program in an average of four years as a full time student. Master’s degree programs at ECU require students to complete an average of 32 credit hours. It is important to note that due to the specialized nature of master’s degree programs, degree completion time and required credit hours vary. On average, students complete their master’s in about 18 months.
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Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,979
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