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A breakdown of cost can be found on the Admission's website on the Tuition & Fees webpage.

You may apply for admission using the online application. The application deadline for the fall semester is August 1, spring is December 1, and summer is May 1. You are encouraged to apply early.

To be admitted to NSU as a freshman you must have:

  • Maintained a four-year high school grade-point average of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale and ranked scholastically among the upper 50% of your graduating class, or
  • A 2.7 GPA in the 15 high school courses required for college entry, or
  • Attained a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT or a similar acceptable battery of tests. For transfer and adult requirements visit the Undergraduate Course Catalog. For graduate requirements please visit the Graduate Course Catalog.

To be admitted to NSU as a transfer you must have:

0-29 hours, a minimum of a 1.7 GPA, plus satisfy all freshman admission requirements
30+ hours, a minimum of a 2.0 GPA

For incoming freshmen that are close to meeting our regular admissions requirements, you may be asked to complete our supplemental application form to be admitted as an alternative freshman. The supplemental application consists of several short answer questions and requires two letters of recommendation. Once the completed form and supporting documents are returned, they are sent to our Alternative Admissions committee for a decision. You should be notified of your alternative admissions decision within two weeks of receiving your documents.

We have a $25 non-refundable application fee. You can apply online.

An adult student is defined as a first time college student that is 21 years of age or older. If you are 23 years of age or older, we do not require an ACT test score at the time of admission. However, you might be asked to take some tests for placement purposes, but they're not for admission purposes. The first thing you need to do is apply to NSU.

Sometimes students do better attending a community college before coming to NSU. When a student's test scores or high school GPA and class rank don't meet our admissions requirements, we recommend students take courses at a community college first. This enables students to establish a college GPA in order to be admissible at NSU. Students that don't meet our incoming freshmen requirements should earn 24 hours of college credit before reapplying and transferring to NSU.

As soon as you have been accepted to NSU and have received your user name and password, you may complete an application for Housing. The application is available online, through the Housing Portal. There is no application fee or housing deposit. Early application is suggested. For more information, please contact Housing & Residence Life.

While there is no preference given to optometry applicants with NSU degrees, it certainly doesn't hurt. Attending NSU for your undergraduate studies will allow you to become familiar with the Tahlequah campus and, more importantly, the Optometry admissions staff and the Optometry faculty.

"You can receive information about our graduate programs by contacting Josh McCollum at 918-444-2093 at the Tahlequah campus or Lydia Winford at 918-449-6123 at the Broken Arrow campus. You may also visit the Graduate College website."

You can contact a University Representative by calling the Admissions and Recruitment Office at 918-444-4675.

RiverHawk Ambassadors in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment provide tours Monday-Friday on the Tahlequah campus. This is a great way to see the campus and ask any unanswered questions you may have. Please call 918-444-4675 to schedule a tour or visit our Tour page to for more information. If you can't make it to campus, you can even take a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home.

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