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East Central University

Ada, OK

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  1. Study Native America in Native America! We teach Chickasaw, Choctaw and Muskogee
  2. Collaborate across disciplines in our well equipped fine arts center!

About This Campus

East Central University has an average enrollment of 3000 students. The student faculty ratio of 18:1 ensures that students receive personal attention from faculty members. Classes are not taught by graduate assistants. Particular strengthens are our honors program that fosters a close community and our high acceptance rates to graduate school for pre-medicine and pre-law students. ECU graduates also have extremely high pass rates for the CPA exam, nursing boards, and teacher certification. The interdisciplinary Native American Studies program features courses in Chickasaw and Muskogee language, archaeology and cultural resource management. ECU also has a nationally accredited program in social work and a human services counseling program with a concentration in services for the deaf. Our School of Fine Arts has exceptional facilities and faculty committed to interdisciplinary collaboration.

Location Information

East Central University is situated on 100 acres in Ada, Oklahoma, headquarters of the Chickasaw Nation. Ada has a population of 17,000 and is located approximately 90 miles from Oklahoma City, 115 miles from Tulsa and 150 miles from Dallas. Our school environment is rural.

Helpful Information

While a lot of our students commute, we encourage NSE students to live on campus. Students interested in Legal Studies should ask if there's space in the living/learning community.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Ada
Population | 17,280
Enrollment | 3,577
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/17-12/11
Spring | 01/11-05/07

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 14%
Asian | 1%
Black | 4%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Two or more | 8%
White | 57%
Other | 9%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Nursing and Education programs have admission requirments.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Fine Art - Our Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, built in 2009, boasts outstanding facilities and a faculty committed to interdisciplinary collaboration. Mass Communication majors manage sound at local music venues. Art majors cast metal, paint, and experiment with audio and video.
  • Biology/Life Science - Our biology students have a very high acceptance rate to medical school. Many are involved in undergraduate research.
  • Accounting - Our accounting graduates have a very high pass rate on the CPA exam.
  • Counseling - Our human services counseling program includes concentrations in Counseling, Rehabilitation, Aging, and Services for the Deaf.
  • Criminal Justice - Our criminal justice students learn from practitioners and scholars, all of whom are great teachers!

Unique Academic Programs

  • Native American Studies - At East Central University you can pursue Native American Studies in Native America. Our interdisciplinary program features courses in regional Native American Languages, archaeology, and cultural resource management. The program also sponsors cultural activities on campus.
  • English - What makes our English major great is our faculty! We host an annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival that attracts writers with national and international reputations.
  • Music - Music students at ECU choose from a number of ensembles including a British Brass Band.
  • Legal Studies - Our legal studies students have a 100% acceptance rate to law school. Courses include Native American law and some live in a living/learning community.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Archaeology, Art... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/03/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $3961.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 15 ($192 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 15 ($192 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $75 Year Host & Home Optional
Health Service Fee $50 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
ID Card $2 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $25 Semester Host & Home Optional
Academic Rec. Fee $7.50 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/03/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 35% living on campus
  • Double: $800 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $900.00
  • Proximity to campus: 1/2 mile
Meal Plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/03/22

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


    Other Health Related Comments
    Meningitis is only required for students who reside in campus housing.

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