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Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University–Stillwater (also referred to informally as Oklahoma State, OKState, O-State and OSU) is a land-grant, sun-grant, coeducational public research university located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA. OSU was founded in 1890 under the Morrill Act. Originally known as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M), it is the flagship institution of the Oklahoma State University System. Official enrollment for the fall 2010 semester system-wide was 35,073, with 23,459 students enrolled at OSU-Stillwater. Enrollment shows the Freshman class of 2012 was the largest on record with 4,298 students. OSU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity.
 
Oklahoma State University is listed by the Princeton Review as one of 120 “Best Western Colleges” for 2011, and as one of 50 "Best Value Colleges – Public" for 2010. Oklahoma State University is one of the highest rated veterinarian colleges in the US. It is ranked by U.S. News & World Report No. 66 among "Top Public Schools: National Universities" and No. 132 among all National Universities for 2011. For 2009–10, Kiplinger listed OSU among its "100 Best Values in Public Education," with an in-state ranking of No. 91 and an out-of-state ranking of No. 93. In 2013, Oklahoma State was ranked number 23 on the Forbes list of "Best Value Colleges."

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Location

Address
219 Student Union
City
Stillwater
State
OK
Zip/Post Code
74078-5070

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
20493
Total Graduate enrollment
5145
In State Tuition Fees
4425
Out State Tuition Fees
17010
ACT Score
25
SAT Score
1106
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.53
Male Female Ratio
51:49
Acceptance Rate
74%
Student Faculty Ratio
20:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Pistol Pete
Colors
Orange and Black
Conference
Big 12

College History

History

On December 25, 1890, the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature finally gained approval for Oklahoma Territorial Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) College, the land-grant university established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It specified that the college was to be within Payne County. Such an ambiguous description created rivalry between towns within the county, with Stillwater ultimately winning out. Upon statehood in 1907, "Territorial" was dropped from its title.

Oklahoma A&M seal The first students assembled for class on December 14, 1891. Classes were held for two and one-half years in local churches until the first academic building, later known as Old Central, was dedicated on June 15, 1894, on the southeast corner of campus, which at the time was flat plowed prairie. In 1896, Oklahoma A&M held its first commencement with six male graduates. The first Library was established in Old Central in one room shared with the English Department. The first campus building to have electricity, Williams Hall, was constructed in 1900. With its turreted architecture it was referred to as the "Castle of the Prairies"; It remained standing until 1969.

One of the earliest campus buildings was also a barn, used as part of an agricultural experiment station, which was served by a large reservoir pond created in 1895. The barn burned in 1922, but the pond, enlarged and remodeled in 1928 and 1943, is now known as Theta Pond, a popular campus scenic landmark. In 1906, Morrill Hall was completed and became the principal building on campus. A fire gutted the building in 1914, but the outside structure survived intact, and the interior was reconstructed. The first dormitory for women was completed in 1911. It contained a kitchen, dining hall, some classrooms, and a women's gymnasium. It is now the Bartlett Center for the Studio Arts and houses the Gardiner Art Gallery. 

College Specialty

Specialty

"It is the mission of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Oklahoma State University to provide student-athletes with excellent opportunities to compete and win at the highest levels of college sports; to prepare student-athletes for lifelong contributions to society; to embrace equality, educational opportunity and diversity; to operate with fiscal integrity and compliance with NCAA, Big 12 Conference, and university guidelines; and to be a positive influence on the reputation and purposes of Oklahoma State University."

Alumni

Alumni

Today, there are more than 200,000 living OSU alumni worldwide. Prominent alumni include oil tycoon and billionaire philanthropist T. Boone Pickens, actor James Marsden, "The father of the personal computer" Ed Roberts, Director of microbiology for NASA Dr. Duane Pierson Ph.D, country singers Garth Brooks and Hoyt Axton, US Senator Tom Coburn, Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin, former Prime Minister of Jordan Adnan Badran, former acting Surgeon General of the United States Robert A. Whitney, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Steven W. Taylor, former Central Bank of Somalia Governor Yussur A.F. Abrar, and legal scholar Anita Hill. Coaching alumni include OSU wrestling head coach John Smith, OSU football head coach Mike Gundy, former OSU basketball coaches Eddie Sutton and Sean Sutton.

Alumni Association:www.orangeconnection.org

Campus

Campus

Small city, 1,489 acres (6.03 km2) on the Stillwater campus.

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