Visitor's Guide

Founded in 1890, Oklahoma State University is home of the Cowboys and Cowgirls. The Oklahoma State Department of Athletics has won 50 NCAA team national championships, more than any other Big 12 Conference institution.

Oklahoma State University has a presence in all 77 counties throughout the state of Oklahoma. Its main campus is located in Stillwater, which was founded in 1884 in north central Oklahoma. The city of Stillwater offers a classic college-town atmosphere, and big-city access with Oklahoma City and Tulsa just an hour away.

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University Information
Location Stillwater, OK
Founded Dec. 25, 1890
Colors Orange & Black
Enrollment 35,073
Conference Big 12
President V. Burns Hargis
Athletic Director Mike Holder

Welcome to Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, Oklahoma State University is a five-campus, public educational system that improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world by adhering to its land-grant mission of high-quality teaching, research and outreach.

OSU research, scholarship, and creative activities promote human and economic development through the expansion of knowledge and its application. Established as a result of the Morrill Act, the Stillwater campus is the home of the OSU System. OSU was founded on Dec. 25, 1890, as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College. On July 1, 1957, Oklahoma A&M College became Oklahoma State University.

The OSU System has an enrollment of more than 35,000 students across its five campuses with one of the largest freshman classes in school history expected for the fall of 2011. Named Oklahoma's inaugural Truman Honor Institution for its production of Truman Scholars, OSU today boasts students from all 50 states and nearly 120 nations. There are more than 200,000 OSU alumni throughout the world.

When it comes to outreach, OSU reaches across the state of Oklahoma. It has five campuses: Stillwater, which includes the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences; OSU-Tulsa; OSU-Oklahoma City; OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee; and the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, which includes the OSU Medical Center. OSU also boasts 16 agricultural experiment stations statewide, extension offices in 76 counties, a new sensor testing facility in Ponca City, and a biosciences institute in Ardmore in partnership with the Noble Foundation.

With more than 350 undergraduate and graduate degrees and options, as well as professional degree programs in medicine and veterinary medicine, OSU and its nine different colleges provide unmatched diversity of academic offerings.

OSU conducts innovative research and technology transfer that enhance Oklahoma's economic vitality and its quality of life. The focus has expanded greatly since 1890, but the third cornerstone of the university's land-grant mission remains as crucial for the future of Oklahoma as it was at statehood.

Interdisciplinary collaborations with academic institutions, government agencies, private business, and industry ensure that contributions of faculty and student researchers to the development of new knowledge and its dissemination are pertinent and lasting.

Areas of emphasis include: alternative energies and conservation; animal based agriculture and biotechnology; environmental protection; food production and safety; health and medicine; manufacturing and advanced materials; national defense and homeland security; sensors and sensor technologies; and transportation and infrastructure.

Although OSU is a large, comprehensive university, its size does not minimize the personal attention given to each student. OSU encourages all students when they first enroll to identify the college in which they wish to major. Because the average number of students majoring in any one department is less than 150, the student can count on personal attention in a friendly environment.

OSU offers students many distinct advantages. It has more than 2 million volumes in the library; modern research laboratories and equipment; excellent physical education, recreation and student union facilities; nationally-recognized residence hall programs; outstanding cultural events; and 36 nationally affiliated fraternities and sororities that provide a stimulating educational and social environment.

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Big 12 Conference

Baylor University
Waco, Texas
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
University of Texas
Austin, Texas
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia

Oklahoma State University History

The story of Oklahoma State University began on Christmas Eve, 1890, at the McKennon Opera House in Oklahoma's territorial capital of Guthrie when Territorial Governor George W. Steele signed legislation establishing an Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (OAMC) in Payne County.

OAMC's first students assembled for class on Dec. 14, 1891, even though there were no buildings, no books, and no curriculum. The college's first students attended classes in the Stillwater Congregational Church. The original campus consisted of 200 acres of prairie that were donated by four local homesteaders. The college's first six graduates received their diplomas in 1896.

Visitors to the OSU campus often marvel at its beauty and consistency of architecture. Much of the credit goes to legendary president, Henry G. Bennett, who served from 1928-1951. Dr. Bennett's 25-year campus master plan envisioned some of the university's most famous and beautiful structures, including the Edmon Low Library and the OSU Student Union.

A new campus master plan is guiding unprecedented construction that is making OSU more competitive in academics and athletics. Starting in the fall of 2008, OSU has opened the new Multimodal Transportation Terminal, the new North Classroom Building, the west end zone of Boone Pickens Stadium, refurbished Old Central, the Donald W. Reynolds Architecture Building and an upgraded Murray Hall. It has opened the new Henry Bellmon Research Center and is nearing completion on a major renovation of the Student Union. Hall of Fame Avenue on the north and University Avenue on the south have both been significantly upgraded, and the university has started an update to its campus landscape plan.

OSU grew quite rapidly following World War II. The post-war years were marked by a huge enrollment surge. Some graduates from that era may remember "Veteran's Village," a thriving community that developed on the northwest edge of campus as veterans and their families moved into surplus military housing provided by the college. The mid-1940s also were a golden era for athletics at Oklahoma A&M. In a 90-day period in early 1945, A&M teams won the Cotton Bowl, the NCAA championship in wrestling, and the NCAA championship in basketball. The next year, the wrestling and basketball teams repeated as national champions, and the football team won the Sugar Bowl. Coaches and players from that era are now sports legends. Coach Henry Iba set a national standard in basketball and Edward Gallagher took his wrestling teams to international prominence.

By the 1950s, the college had grown substantially. In 1957, Oklahoma A&M became The Oklahoma State University for Agriculture and Applied Science.

During the next three decades, OSU would build academic programs to match its new status. Enrollment more than doubled from 10,385 in 1957 to more than 23,000 in the 1980s. OSU became a statewide university system, adding branches in Okmulgee in 1946 and Oklahoma City in 1961. OSU merged with the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988, and OSU-Tulsa was born in 1999.

Today, OSU has more than 35,000 students across five campuses and a presence in every Oklahoma county through its extension offices and experiment stations. From six graduates in 1896, to nearly 5,000 annually today, the small college on the prairie has grown and prospered far beyond the dreams of its founders. OSU teaching, research and graduates are making a bigger impact on the lives of people around the world than ever before. It's a great time to be a Cowboy!

About Stillwater

Located in north central Oklahoma, and easy drives from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City and Dallas, Stillwater provides college-town atmosphere with big-city access.

Stillwater is a rapidly growing city of 47,000 and is near the geographic center of the country. The U.S. Census Bureau recently named Stillwater as the fastest growing city in the state of Oklahoma. Often called Oklahoma's premier education community, Stillwater is the home of some of the region's finest education and training institutions, including Oklahoma State University, Meridian Technology Center, Northern Oklahoma College/OSU Gateway, and one of the nation's top rated public school systems.

With such a strong commitment to education, it's easy to see why Stillwater's educational attainment is among the highest in the nation, with 48 percent of its residents holding bachelor's degrees or higher. The city is the micropolitan anchor for the state's technology triangle that includes Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The "college town" atmosphere lends itself to a variety of recreational opportunities. Year-round arts and cultural events appeal to many different audiences and feature music, dance, theater, festivals, lectures, and concerts. A youthful community demands the best in fitness centers, spas, parks and recreational opportunities.

And for the outdoor enthusiast, nearby lakes provide a quiet respite at the city's edge, sparkling in 234 days of annual sunshine.

After a day of work or play, residents and visitors often relax in one of the many restaurants or night spots that offer everything from barbecue to fine dining, and blues to bluegrass. Stillwater's retail districts feature a unique shopping experience where you'll find museums, galleries, and shops with personality. OSU athletic events attract more than 600,000 fans to Stillwater annually.

OSU has been called the "University of Golf," and the five-star Karsten Creek, home of the 10-time national champion Cowboy golf team and perennial top-10 women's program, ranks with such well-known courses as Pebble Beach. It's one of several public and private courses that prompted Golf Digest to call the Stillwater area among the "Top 10 Places in America to retire and play golf."

Stillwater is one of America's safest cities, with a crime rate far below the U.S. average and Oklahoma State University has been considered the safest campus in the Big 12 Conference since the league's inception.

Security also comes in the form of great health care services, centered around Stillwater Medical Center's state of the art facilities. And with a cost of living that averages more than 10 percent below the U.S. average, the dollar buys more.

Whether you're here for a short time or a lifetime, you'll want to stake your claim in one of America's great university cities… Stillwater, Oklahoma!

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