Cameron University, located in Lawton, OK, is a four year State University, and is the largest school in Southeastern Oklahoma. In 2004, a second location was added, Cameron University-Duncan, which has doubled its original student population in a very short period of time. Cameron was founded as an agricultural educational high school, and then it grew into a junior college. Eventually, it became so popular that it expanded into a University offering undergraduate programs, and currently has a graduate school.
It is the most affordable regional University in Oklahoma, and its rate of growth exceeds any other college in the state. According to “America’s Best Colleges,” published by the U.S. News and World Report, students graduating from Cameron University have the third lowest debt load out of approximately six-hundred surveyed schools. Their best and most respected programs are in the liberal arts, sciences, technology and professional studies arenas. They offer fifty degree tracks. Cameron University has 5,700 undergraduate students with sixty-percent females, and forty-percent males. They accepted one-hundred percent of applicants into their programs last year. There are no minimum SAT or ACT score requirements for admissions acceptance.
Lawton, OK, is the fifth largest city in the state of Oklahoma, with a population of 91,187. It is about an hour drive away from Oklahoma City, and is near the Wichita Mountains. The city’s primary economy is driven by the University, manufacturing, and healthcare. It is home to the Great Plains Coliseum, The International Festival, The Museum of Great Plains, many parks, lakes and nature trails, and the Cameron University Aggies, the primary sports team in the region, which is Division II.
Cameron University has a total of 6,000 students, and a student-faculty ratio of nineteen to one, providing a small classroom atmosphere at a medium sized school. They are the only school in Oklahoma to offer Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees all at one location. They offer distance learning courses and degree programs. Undergraduates can pursue online studies in Applied Technology at the A.A.S. level, Interdisciplinary Studies at the A.S. level, and Organizational Leadership as a B.S. Degree. There is one online graduate degree, and that is a Master of Business Administration. Other degree programs on campus include Applied Technology, Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Electronic Engineering Technology, Communications, Agriculture, Medical Technology, Multimedia Design, Physics, Psychology, Accounting, Music, Physical Education, and Behavioral Science.
The 2010-2011 tuition and fees have not yet been determined, but the cost for the 2009-2010 academic year was $137 per credit hour for undergraduate and $164.80 for graduate Oklahoma State residents. Non-residents pay $332.50 per credit hour for undergraduate studies and $399.50 for graduate hours. Total book costs are estimated at $31 per credit hour, and Room and board is approximately $3534.00 per annum. Financial aid programs available to Cameron University students are Pell Grants, Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Direct Subsidized and Un-Subsidized Loans, Federal Employment, State Employment and Workstudy positions on campus.