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 44% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 39%.
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 34% over five years.
College Western Oklahoma State College (OK) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 56 staff
55 staff

Student Body

The student population of 1,460 has declined by 24% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.66 is more than the state average of 0.60. The school's diversity has grown by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,460 students 957 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 26:1
# Full-Time Students 579 students
849 students
# Part-Time Students 881 students
881 students
Total Dormitory Capacity 96 350
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
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. 0.66 0.60

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $3,097 is equal to the state average of $3,097. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,968 is less than the state average of $7,224. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,097 $3,097
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,968 $7,224
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 90%
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.

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Did You Know?
For Oklahoma public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,097 per year for in-state students and $7,224 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,510 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 0.60, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Oklahoma is Bacone College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.