Northeastern State University is a university located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma near the Ozark Mountains. The university also maintains two other campuses in the cities of Muskogee and Broken Arrow. It is the oldest higher learning institution in Oklahoma and one of the oldest in the western half of the U.S.


-The university is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
-They are a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
-The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN

Application Process

Northeastern State University offers online, hybrid and traditional class options. They offer over 50 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate majors in the fields of health, business, education and the liberal arts. They offer one of the few optometry schools in the country. In order to apply for admissions, students must have completed 15 GED or high school units. This includes four units of English, two of any computer or foreign language and three of science, math and history. They will need to have a 2.7 GPA and rank in the top 50 of their graduating class. They will also need an American College Testing (ACT) of at least 20.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Residents of Oklahoma will pay approximately $2,480 for tuition and $3,300 for housing each semester. The annual cost is around $13,000 per year. Non-resident students will pay $5,500 for tuition per semester. About 94 percent of incoming undergraduates receive some form of financial aid and 65 percent receive state or local aid through grants and scholarships. There are merit based grants and scholarships that use leadership, academic performance and community services for eligibility standards. There are need based aid for students who lack the available financial resources.

Available Degrees

There is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing available online and through the Tahlequah campus. These programs provide licensed RNs with the educational mobility for those who only have a diploma or associates degree. They also help RNs prepare for a graduate education in nursing. The curriculum builds on the student’s past education and work experience. Students take classes in research, leadership, family nursing and community health. Graduates go on to continue lifelong learning, work in diverse health care settings and educate patients, their families and communities. These program facilitate the mastery of the skills and knowledge essential to professional nursing.

Northeastern State University offers a unique campus experience. It is one of the only universities that teaches classes in the Cherokee language. Over 25 percent of students identify as Native American.

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