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Southeastern Oklahoma State University (2009)

Brief Description:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University is located in Durant, Oklahoma, which is 90 miles north of Dallas, Texas, and 150 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. In 2009, the University is celebrating its Centennial with a number of campus and community events.

The institution was founded in 1909 as a normal school to educate teachers for Oklahoma’s public schools. Since that time, the University has added disciplines to become a comprehensive regional university.

Southeastern is one of six institutions governed by the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) Board of Trustees and is also governed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE).

The University offers 41 undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs through the School of Arts and Sciences, John Massey School of Business, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and School of Graduate and University Studies.

Diverse program offerings include teacher education, aviation, and occupational safety and health, to name just a few.

In 2009, the John Massey School of Business earned initial accreditation in business from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Southeastern is one of only four universities in Oklahoma accredited by AACSB, and the only regional university in the state with that distinction. Both the undergraduate and MBA degrees at Southeastern received the AACSB accreditation.

Southeastern has an enrollment of 4,000 students at seven locations in Oklahoma and Texas. In addition to the main campus at Durant, programs are offered at the Southeastern-McCurtain County branch campus; Ardmore Higher Education Center; Eastern Oklahoma State College-McAlester campus; Tinker AFB and Oklahoma City Community College; and Grayson College in Denison, Texas.

The University has a long and successful history of providing higher education opportunities for Native American students. Southeastern’s service area covers significant parts of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations and partners with the tribes to provide specialized services for all Native American students.  Southeastern ranks sixth in the nation in producing Native American graduates in all disciplines.    

Southeastern will receive a federal grant of $1.16 million over the next four years to continue its Native American Excellence In Education program.

The project, a collaboration between Southeastern and The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, with the support of the local public schools, provides support and training for 12 Native American students in completing a pre-service education program that leads to a Bachelor of Education degree. Students receive additional training and support regarding Native American learning and culture. Participants receive full tuition, fees, books, childcare, laptop computers and living stipends. After graduating, the students teach in schools with at least a 5% Native American student population.

The grant comes from the United States Department of Education as part of the Office of Indian Education’s Professional Development program, which trains qualified individuals to become teachers and administrators in Indian communities.

Approximately 70 percent of Southeastern students receive some type of financial aid assistance.

In recent years, the University has benefited from a tremendous upgrade in its physical facilities, with the construction of a new student union, a new residence hall, new tennis courts, and a renovated football stadium. A new arena opened in the fall of 2008, and a new general classroom building is currently under construction.

Southeastern competes in NCAA Division II athletics as a member of the Lone Star Conference. The University has earned a national championship in baseball and nine national championships in rodeo competition.

Dr. Larry Minks is interim president at Southeastern.


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Mission Statement:

Southeastern Oklahoma State University provides an environment of academic excellence that enables students to reach their highest potential. By having personal access to excellent teaching, challenging academic programs, and extracurricular experiences, students will develop skills and habits that promote values for career preparation, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning.
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Notable Alumni:

  • Businessman John Massey
  • Entertainer Reba McEntire
  • Former major league baseball player Brett Butler
  • Writer Billie Letts
  • Former professional basketball player Crystal Robinson

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