Southwestern Oklahoma State University


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Type: Public university

Established :1901

Parent institution :Regional University System of Oklahoma

Academic affiliations :Space-grant

Endowment :$25 million

President :Diana “Diane” Lovell [1]

Academic staff :202 full-time, 1 part-time[2]

Undergraduates :4,450[2]

Postgraduates :817[2]

Location :Weatherford, Oklahoma, United States

Campus :Rural, 303 acres (123 ha).

Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) is a public university in Weatherford and Sayre, Oklahoma. It is one of six Regional University System of Oklahoma members.


SWOSU was first established through an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1901 as Southwestern Normal School, although no classes were held until 1903. Several towns fought a court battle to become the home of the new school, but Weatherford won the battle.

The normal school included both a two-year degree program for teacher education and a preparatory school. In 1920, the preparatory part of the school closed and a four-year baccalaureate degree program replaced it. The first bachelor’s degrees by the renamed Southwestern State Teachers College were awarded in the spring of 1921.

The Great Depression brought several attempts to close the school for financial reasons. It had to remove several presidents to survive politically. But it did survive. In 1939, the school added a vocational training curriculum to its teacher-training mission.

The school underwent significant expansion during World War II, adding additional programs in the arts and sciences as well as its School of Pharmacy. After brief periods as Southwestern State College of Diversified Occupations and Southwestern Institute of Technology, the name was formally changed to Southwestern State College by the Oklahoma Legislature.

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The university competes at the NCAA Division II level as a member of the Great American Conference (GAC).