Western Oklahoma State College

2801 N Main St
Altus, OK 73521-1397
Tel: (580)477-2000
  • 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 29:1.
  • 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 to Western Oklahoma State College is Vernon College (35.2 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 56 teachers has declined by 34% over five years.
Western Oklahoma State College(OK) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty56 staff58 staff
Western Oklahoma State College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Western Oklahoma State College has declined by 17% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Western Oklahoma State College diversity score of 0.64 is more than the state average of 0.60. The school's diversity has grown by 27% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,460 students1,805 students
Western Oklahoma State College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio26:129:1
Western Oklahoma State College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students579 students849 students
Western Oklahoma State College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students881 students956 students
Western Oklahoma State College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Western Oklahoma State College Enrollment Breakdown OK All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
96350
Western Oklahoma State College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
10%
Western Oklahoma State College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
1%
2%
Western Oklahoma State College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
9%
6%
Western Oklahoma State College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
12%
9%
Western Oklahoma State College Black (2007-2016)
% White
56%
61%
Western Oklahoma State College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
6%
5%
Western Oklahoma State College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
1%
2%
Western Oklahoma State College Non Resident (2008-2016)
% Unknown races
13%
5%
Western Oklahoma State College Ethnicity Breakdown OK All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.640.60
Western Oklahoma State College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
18%
23%
Western Oklahoma State College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,700$33,700
Western Oklahoma State College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,096 is less than the state average of $4,558. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,160 is less than the state average of $8,857. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,096$4,558
Western Oklahoma State College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,160$8,857
Western Oklahoma State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%88%
Western Oklahoma State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,500$11,937
Western Oklahoma State College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
Western Oklahoma State College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate82%54%
Western Oklahoma State College Percent Admitted (2007-2010)
ACT Composite1919
Western Oklahoma State College ACT Composite (2007-2010)
ACT English1919
Western Oklahoma State College ACT English (2007-2010)
ACT Math1818
Western Oklahoma State College ACT Math (2007-2010)
Source: 2016 (or 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

  • The nearest community college to Western Oklahoma State College is Vernon College (35.2 miles away).
  • 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
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Did You Know?
For Oklahoma public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,558 per year for in-state students and $8,857 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,977 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Oklahoma is 66%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Oklahoma community colleges have a diversity score of 0.60, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Oklahoma is Bacone College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.