Starting out as one of the three normal schools established in 1909 in the area of Eastern Oklahoma, East Central University initially offered preparatory education leading to teacher certification. It started using its present name in 1985 after going through the process of being a teacher’s college and a state college. At present, East Central University occupies a 135-acre campus that houses 37 buildings. It is located in the city of Ada which is approximately 90 miles from Oklahoma City.
East Central University is able to serve at least 4,000 students per semester through its main campus in Ada and offering its courses in other locations such as McAlester at the Eastern Oklahoma State College, in Ardmore at the Ardmore Higher Education Center and in Shawnee at the Garden Cooper Technology Center. The university’s nursing program is likewise offered in Durant at Southeastern Oklahoma State University while some courses are made available through online programs.
Total faculty is about 267 while the student/faculty ratio is 20:1. Faculty members concurrently serve as instructors, academic advisors and sponsors for student organizations when required. At least 68% of faculty members hold advanced degrees in their respective fields.
The academic programs of East Central University are offered through its College of Education and Psychology, College of Health and Science, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, School of Business and School of Graduate Studies. Resident students are charged $ 100.40 and $ 130.50 per semester hour for undergraduate and graduate courses, respectively. Non-resident students pay $ 300.80 per semester hour for undergraduate studies and $ 370.50 per semester hour for graduate studies. All freshmen under the age of 21 are required to live on campus for their first academic year subject to specific exemptions. The student body is comprised of students coming from the various states of America and 23 foreign countries.