Western Oklahoma State College

2801 N Main St
Altus, OK 73521-1397
Tel: (580)477-2000
1,460 students
Public institution
Western Oklahoma State College is committed to providing exemplary educational opportunities to meet the needs of the individual and the community in an increasingly global society. In accordance with our mission, Western’s educational programs and services are designed to help people achieve their individual potential, enrich their lives, and become responsible and productive members of society.
School Highlights
Western Oklahoma State College serves 1,460 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
Minority enrollment is 43% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 38%.
Western Oklahoma State College is the only community colleges within Jackson County, OK.
The nearest community college is Vernon College (35.20 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 56 teachers has declined by 40% over five years.
College Western Oklahoma State College Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 56 staff
62 staff
Western Oklahoma State College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 1,460 has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.65 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 18% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,460 students 1,371 students
Western Oklahoma State College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 26:1
22:1
Western Oklahoma State College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 579 students
779 students
Western Oklahoma State College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 881 students
1,083 students
Western Oklahoma State College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Western Oklahoma State College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
Western Oklahoma State College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Asian
1%
5%
Western Oklahoma State College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
9%
20%
Western Oklahoma State College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
12%
15%
Western Oklahoma State College Black (2006-2014)
% White
57%
49%
Western Oklahoma State College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
6%
3%
Western Oklahoma State College More (2010-2014)
% Unknown races
13%
6%
Western Oklahoma State College Unknown (2010-2014)
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
Western Oklahoma State College Non Resident (2007-2014)
Western Oklahoma State College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.65 0.70
Western Oklahoma State College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,096 is less than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,160 is less than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,096 $5,664
Western Oklahoma State College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,160 $10,360
Western Oklahoma State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Total Dormitory Capacity 96 271
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 90%
90%
Western Oklahoma State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Western Oklahoma State College, established as Altus Junior College in 1926, is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in Oklahoma. Its operation since 1967 has been under the provision of State Bill No. 2 of the 1967 Oklahoma Legislature and the Community Junior College Act. On August 16, 1974, the college became Western Oklahoma State College by an act of the state legislature, signed by the Governor on April 3, 1974. Western Oklahoma State College is geographically located in Southwestern Oklahoma. As a state-supported institution, it is open to all residents of Oklahoma but functions primarily to serve the counties of Jackson, Greer, Harmon, Kiowa, and Tillman. Western Oklahoma State College awards the following degrees and other forms of academic recognition to those students who successfully complete the educational program plans approved to be offered at the institution. The college offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Certificate Programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 2,989 students | 35.20 Mi4400 College Dr.
    Vernon TX 76384
    (940)552-6291
    35.202,989
  • 1,394 students | 90.80 Mi1122 College Drive
    Clarendon TX 79226
    (806)874-3571
    90.801,394
  • 2,661 students | 97.10 Mi1300 S Country Club Rd
    El Reno OK 73036
    (405)262-2552
    97.102,661
  • 13,397 students | 111.60 Mi7777 S May Ave
    Oklahoma City OK 73159
    (405)682-1611
    111.6013,397
  • Platt College-Central OKC
    Private for-profit
    134 students | 112.00 Mi309 S Ann Arbor
    Oklahoma City OK 73128
    (405)946-7799
    112.00134
Did You Know?
For Oklahoma public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,242 per year for in-state students and $7,623 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,778 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Oklahoma is 67%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Oklahoma community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.59, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Oklahoma is Bacone College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.