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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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
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
  • American Sign Language
  • Anatomy
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Chickasaw
  • Choral Music
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Nursing
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
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

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/20/21

  • 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 - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003154

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their 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 05/20/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 35% living on campus
  • Double: $800 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing Meal Plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/20/21

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


  • Health records due by: Prior to enrollment
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Hepatitis B
  • Immunization: Meningococcal

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

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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