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Mission, Vision and Values


Founded on the rich educational heritage of the Cherokee Nation, the campuses of Northeastern State University provide its diverse communities with lifelong learning through a broad array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional doctoral degree programs. With high expectations for student success, the University provides quality teaching, challenging curricula, research and scholarly activities, immersive learning opportunities, and service to local and professional communities. The institution's dedicated faculty and staff offer a service-oriented, supportive learning environment where students prepare to achieve professional and personal success in a multicultural and global society.

Focused Mission Statement

We empower students, faculty, staff and the community to reach their full intellectual and human potential by creating and expanding a culture of learning, discovery, and diversity.


Northeastern State University shapes the future of its region as the educational partner of choice, setting a standard of excellence by serving the intellectual, cultural, social and economic needs of the University's diverse communities.



NSU models integrity through ethical and intellectual behaviors and practices by advancing honesty, human dignity, and accountability.


NSU engages in collaboration through partnerships to create learning opportunities and promote educational and economic success.


NSU advances creativity through exploration, innovation, critical inquiry, and intellectual freedom.


NSU inspires leadership through its commitment to prepare and serve others.


NSU pursues excellence by continually improving individually and as a community.


NSU advocates communication through the free flow of information and ideas.


NSU values diversity and empowerment by promoting the rights of individuals and equal access to educational and enrichment experiences, respecting cultural differences, and ensuring equal opportunity.