Brief Description: East Central University is a public university offering Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees. ECU is located in Ada, a city of 16,000, approximately 90 miles from Oklahoma City, 115 miles from Tulsa and 150 miles from Dallas.
Type of Institution: Regional University
Other locations: Students can enroll in and attend ECU classes on campus in Ada, in Ardmore at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma, in McAlester at the Eastern Oklahoma State College branch campus and in Shawnee at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center. Three master's programs in Education are available online. Additional programs are offered in a distance format, online and at the additional locations. The ECU nursing program is available in Durant at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and in Ardmore at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma.
Setting: small town residential
Total faculty: 273
Full-time faculty: 184
Part-time faculty: 102
Student-faculty ratio (Note to institutions: this is FTE): 18 to 1
Percent of faculty with advanced degrees: 65%
Faculty involvement: At ECU, faculty members are involved throughout each step of the student's college experience, serving as academic advisors or as sponsors for student organizations; they are accessible to the students.
Housing types: Four traditional residence halls for single students, one apartment style residence hall for single students, and one apartment complex for adult and married students. Students are required to live on campus their freshman year unless they are married, have dependents, live with parent or legal guardian, are over the age of 21, have over 24 hours earned post high school, or enrolled in less than nine hours.
Food services: Full-service cafeteria offers traditional cafeteria food options such as: homemade waffles, make-your-own pizza or soup/salad/fruit bar. ECU also offers the University Center Food Court which allows students to select from the Coyote Grill, Mesquite Grill, Smoothie Bar or Starbucks. If there is a need for a quick or late night snack, students can visit the Pesagi Convenience Store on campus. Students living on campus are required to have a meal plan (except in Family and Adult Housing). Meal options are also available to commuter students.
Equipment/services in living areas: All living areas, except the Family and Adult Housing Complex are equipped with telephone jacks, local phone service and wireless internet. All living areas offer basic cable television and coin-free laundry facilities. Common lounges include study areas, telephones, ping-pong tables, televisions with cable, VCR/DVD access, board games, snack machines and lounge areas.
Access to technology: With an emphasis on academics, ECU provides students with personal email addresses, specific software and wireless Internet access throughout campus. Students also have access to 26 student computer labs on campus.
Campus organizations: ECU encourages learning both inside and outside of the classroom. ECU has more than 60 student organizations, including student government, departmental clubs, honor societies, religious organizations, special interest groups plus national fraternities and sororities. Tiger Leadership and Service Saturdays are two unique programs for everyone.
Intramural sports: Students can elect to participate in team or individual activities including football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, cross-country relay, pool, ping pong, foosball and Xbox tournaments.
Collegiate sports: Men's Tiger Athletics includes football, cross country, basketball, baseball, tennis and golf. Women's Tiger Athletics includes soccer, cross country, basketball, softball, tennis, golf and volleyball.
Special student services: The Bill S. Cole University Center houses a Tommy Hewett, M.D. Wellness Center with racquetball courts, fitness and cardiovascular workout areas, indoor running track, aerobics area, indoor swimming pool and gymnasium. Students also have access to a small movie theater, amphitheater and meeting rooms. The Bill S. Cole University Center also is a great place for students to gather informally to study, play pool, ping-pong or computer games and just hang out.
Financial Aid is available to ECU students to help meet the costs of their education. Prospective or enrolled students can contact the Financial Aid Office for information regarding loans, grants and part-time employment. In an effort to determine as accurately as possible the needs of the student and to comply with federal regulations, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each year by everyone applying for assistance through East Central University.
Percentage of full-time freshmen who applied for aid: 87%
Percentage who demonstrated need: 73%
Percentage who demonstrated need and received aid: 72%
Average financial aid package: $4466
Application process: Fill out an ECU Application, available at www.ecok.edu/apply. Mail application, transcript(s), ACT/SAT scores, immunizations records and $20 application fee to ECU, 1100 E. 14th (PMB J-8) Ada, OK 74820.
Application deadlines: January 1 for the next academic year
East Central University
Office of Student Development
1100 East 14h Street
Ada, Oklahoman 74820