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General admission requirements apply to all students seeking admission to Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Adult students who are 21 years of age or older or on active military duty who do not meet general admission requirements may be admitted under adult admission criteria. The ACT, SAT or second level assessment scores are required for placement in classes. The class placement listed under Second Level Assessment/Remedial Courses will be used.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education established an ACT score of 19 as the “first cut” in determining student readiness for college level coursework. Students must score 19 or above in the four subject areas of mathematics, English, reading, and science reasoning in order to avoid second level testing and/or remedial courses. Students who score below 19 on an ACT subtest may elect to enroll in the appropriate remedial course(s) without completing second level testing. The computer placement test (CPT) is used as a second level test. Students may contact the University Assessment Center for information about testing and placement in required remedial courses. CPT scores have been established for remedial course placement as follows:
English Below 70 0123 Fundamentals of English
Reading Below 75 0122 Improvement of Reading
Mathematics * 0114 Fundamentals of Algebra I
*At press time, secondary testing in math is under revision. Students should consult with the Assessment Center and/or the Mathematics Department for more information about the secondary test and cut score.
Science Students with ACT science reasoning score below 19 must satisfy all remediation requirements before enrolling in science courses. The first science course must be a general education science course.
Some courses may be recommended based on students’ CPT scores.
Students requesting to enroll in a college level course based on the completion of a remedial course(s) at another institution must have successfully completed an acceptable remedial course(s) that is subject to approval from the appropriate department chair. Please contact the Registrar’s office to find out if the successful completion of a specific remedial course(s) at another institution will meet the prerequisite requirement for enrollment in a college level course at SWOSU. Students who completed a remedial transfer course(s) that is not an acceptable prerequisite for enrollment in a college level course at SWOSU have the option of (1) taking the placement test prior to enrollment or (2) enrolling in the corresponding remedial course.

  • Individuals who meet curricular requirements but do not qualify for admission on performance criteria (e.g. ACT score or high school GPA and class rank) may be eligible for admission through the alternative admission category. Applicants admitted in the alternative category must present evidence that they have a reasonable chance for academic success. Other criteria for admission include unusual talent/ability (e.g. art, music, drama) or a disadvantaged educational and/or economic background. Admission in this category is limited. Contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office for additional information.

  • Individuals who meet performance requirements may satisfy a maximum of two course deficiencies in the summer term prior to the regular semester of desired entry. The student must successfully complete deficiency courses during the first 24 hours; however, students that have not completed required deficiency courses within the first 24 hours may be eligible for further enrollment in cases where s(he) is enrolled in the necessary courses that are required to remove deficiencies.

  • Adult students (21 years and older) who do not meet regular admission requirements may be admitted under adult admission criteria. The ACT or other entry-level assessment will be required for placement in classes.


A senior student enrolled in an accredited Oklahoma high school may, if the student meets the requirements set forth below, be admitted provisionally to SWOSU.

  • The student must meet the published criteria of the State Regents (other than high school graduation) for admission to the institution to which they applied.

  • The student must be eligible to complete requirements for graduation from high school no later than the spring of the senior year as attested by the high school principal.

  • A high school student admitted under the provisions set forth above may enroll in a combined number of high school and college courses per semester not to exceed a full-time college workload of 19 semester credit hours. For purposes of calculating workload, one high school credit course shall be equivalent to three semester credit hours of college work. The collegiate portion of the student’s workload must be taken on the SWOSU campus or through interactive video with regular faculty members of the institution.

  • A student who is otherwise eligible under this policy may enroll in a maximum of nine semester credit hours during a summer session or term at a college or university of the state system following the end of the junior year of high school without the necessity of being concurrently enrolled in high school classes during the summer term. The completion of the high school curricular requirements set forth above shall not be required of concurrently enrolled high school students.

  • Following high school graduation, such a student may continue enrollment at the institution to which the student has been admitted or may transfer to another institution in the state system, provided that during the provisional enrollment period the student has achieved a college grade-point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and meets the entrance requirements of the receiving institution, including the high school curricular requirements.



  • Individuals having no intent to pursue a degree may enroll in a maximum of nine credit hours without submitting academic credentials or meeting the academic performance or curricular requirements. Retention standards will be enforced. Before enrolling in hours beyond the nine credit hour maximum, students must be formally admitted to the University.

Transfer students from other accredited colleges and universities who are legal residents of Oklahoma may transfer to SWOSU under the following conditions:

  • If the student originally met both the high school curricular requirements and academic performance standards of SWOSU, the student must have a grade point average high enough to meet SWOSU’s retention standards; or

  • If the student originally met the high school curricular requirements but not the academic performance standards of SWOSU, the student must have a grade point average high enough to meet SWOSU’s retention standards, and must also complete the curricular requirements before transferring; or

  • If the student originally met neither the curricular nor the performance requirements of SWOSU, the student must have a grade point average high enough to meet SWOSU’s retention standards based on at least 24 completed semester credit hours of regularly-graded (A, B, C, D, F) college work and must also complete the curricular requirements, as specified.

Transfer students who are not residents of Oklahoma may transfer from an out-of-state institution if they meet the following requirements:

  • meet University admission requirements.

  • have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0.

  • be in good standing at the institution from which they are transferring.


  • Transcripts of record from colleges or universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or other regional associations will be given full value when appropriate to the student’s degree program.

  • Transcripts of records from institutions not accredited by a regional association may be accepted in transfer when appropriate to the student’s degree program and when Southwestern Oklahoma State University has had the opportunity to validate the courses or programs.

  • Validation of credits may include, but is not limited to, the completion of college level courses and/or evaluation by an appropriate academic department.

  • Credit accepted in transfer that is not in semester credit hours will be converted to semester credit hours.

  • All transfer credit is calculated in the cumulative grade point average.

  • Evaluation of military service may be accomplished by submitting service records to the Office of the Registrar.

  • Credit recommendations from the American Council on Education will be considered.



HB 1804 provides that an individual who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within Oklahoma for any postsecondary education benefit, including but not limited to, scholarships or financial aid, or for resident tuition, except as provided under new law set forth in other provisions of HB 1804 and under the revised State Regents’ policy (3.18.9) which conforms with that new law. However, HB 1804 also provides that this provision regarding eligibility for resident tuition and state financial aid shall not apply to an undocumented immigrant student enrolled in a degree program during the 2006-07 school year or any prior school year who received a resident tuition benefit pursuant to the pre-HB 1804 statute and pre-HB 1804 State Regents policy regarding undocumented immigrant students. In addition, SB 820 of the 2007 legislative session creates unique treatment of undocumented immigrant students participating in Oklahoma’s Promise.
The new legislation identifies three categories of undocumented immigrant students:

  • Category I – students enrolled in a degree program during the 2006-07 year or any prior school year who received a resident tuition benefit pursuant to the pre-HB 1804 statute and pre-HB 1804 State Regents’ policy. These students are “grandfathered” and remain eligible for resident tuition and state financial aid under the pre-HB 1804 law and pre-HB1804 policy.

  • Category II – students enrolling in a postsecondary education institution in 2007-08 and thereafter. These students are subject to the new restrictions under HB 1804 and the State Regents’ policy that became effective November 1, 2007.

  • Oklahoma’s Promise – While students participating in Oklahoma’s Promise also fall into either Category I or Category II, SB 820 provides unique treatment of these students with respect to their eligibility to receive the Oklahoma’s Promise award.


  • An international student is defined as a student granted a student visa by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in order to attend SWOSU.

  • Before being considered for admission as a first time freshman, an international applicant must provide the Office of International Student Affairs with a satisfactory SAT or ACT score and proof of English proficiency by meeting one of the following test standards: a score of 500 or higher on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a 61 or higher on the internet-based version of the TOEFL, or a 5.0 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

  • International student applicants must provide a financial certificate on a university-provided form showing sufficient resources to pay for the student’s study and living expenses.

  • Application deadlines for international students are June 15 for fall semesters, October 15 for spring semesters, and March 15 for summer semesters.

  • The student should understand that admission to the university in no way indicates acceptance into the College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, or other professional programs.

  • International students are considered non-residents of Oklahoma and as such, they pay non-resident tuition and fees.

  • International students are expected to follow all USCIS regulations concerning employment while attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

  • U.S. Government Federal Financial Aid is not available to international students.

  • Evaluation of foreign college and university transcripts cannot be made prior to a student’s enrollment. At the student’s request, an effort will be made during the first year to give a fair evaluation of credits felt to be equal to those at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. If a student completes an undergraduate, graduate, professional, or terminal degree in a foreign country, the courses will be evaluated on an individual course basis and there is no guarantee that the student will automatically receive credit to fulfill general education requirements at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Generally, however, the student will be asked to substantiate such credit with CLEP (College Level Exam Program) tests or departmentally prepared Advanced Standing tests. Southwestern Oklahoma State University will accept credits which have been evaluated and posted to the student’s transcript by a regionally accredited U.S. institution from which the student transfers as long as these credits are in keeping with institutional policies.

  • Medical insurance is required. Details are available through the Dean of Students.

  • A non-citizen who has attained Permanent Resident immigrant status or whose citizenship is pending will be treated as a U.S. citizen for admission purposes. The regular admissions criteria for in-state or out-of-state students, as applicable, would then apply. (Students for whom English is a second language will be required to prove English proficiency.)



  • Must have a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all hours attempted and meet other specified requirements.

  • Must provide a satisfactory SAT or ACT score and must provide proof of English proficiency by meeting one of the following test standards: a score of 500 or higher on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a 61 or higher on the internet-based version of the TOEFL, or a 5.0 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

  • Must provide financial certificate.


The undergraduate curricula offered at Southwestern Oklahoma State University are organized into two parts – a lower division (1000-2000 level courses) and an upper division (3000-4000 level courses). The lower-division courses are foundational in nature and are generally completed during the freshman and sophomore years. The upper-division courses generally completed during the junior and senior years are professional studies. (Some 5000-level advanced professional courses are included in the Pharmacy curriculum.)
Most undergraduate degree programs are designed to provide the student with the opportunity to elect both upper- and lower-division courses for exploratory purposes. Students are provided faculty advisors to assist in the development of their programs of study so that there will be a proper balance between required and elected courses.
The University Catalog and the Graduate Catalog are the sources of information for academic rules, regulations, procedures, and programs of study.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved grading policy for state colleges and universities includes three academic forgiveness provisions. The repeated courses policy, the academic reprieve policy, and the academic renewal policy may help a student overcome low academic standing by establishing a retention and graduation grade point average in addition to the cumulative grade point average. Although the academic transcript will continue to be a full and accurate reflection of the student’s academic performance, the academic forgiveness provision will be reflected in the calculation of the retention and graduation grade-point average. Students who believe the academic forgiveness provisions may assist them in meeting academic goals may contact the Office of the Registrar for application forms and additional information.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) requires the provision of “reasonable accommodations” to those qualified individuals with disabilities by providing equal, non-discriminatory program access in the academic setting.
Students need to take the verifying documentation to the Dean of Students’ office where it will be kept confidential and private. In most cases, verifying documents can be obtained from doctors, licensed psychologists or other professionals licensed to determine the existence, severity of, and characteristics of the disability or disabilities. This documentation should include the functional impact of the disability. It is the student’s responsibility to request documentation from such professionals and to request a record of accommodations received at any other educational institution. If accommodations are needed by the student, the student should provide the information and documentation in a reasonably early manner after admission to allow time for the development and arrangement of appropriate accommodations. In some cases, as when books on tape need to be requested, documentation should be provided several weeks prior to the beginning of each semester so accommodation arrangements can be made in a timely manner. A copy of Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s documentation guidelines are on the Dean of Students’ website or office, room 214, General Thomas P. Stafford Center (580) 774-3767. Please note: Students should be admitted to SWOSU before seeking accommodations from the Dean of Students.
In most cases, advanced standing examinations are administered through the CLEP program. Any person interested in participating in this program should contact the Assessment Center. Advanced standing credit toward a degree is limited to 31 hours within each of the upper- and lower-division levels.
Students are assigned a faculty advisor to assist with their academic planning. First-time entering freshmen are assigned advisors while participating in a New Student Orientation enrollment session. Other students are assigned faculty advisors during the admissions process. Information regarding the advisement process is available in the Dean of Students’ office.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University cooperates fully with the requirements of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Articulation Policy for transfer of students among institutions in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. A student who has been awarded the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from an Oklahoma accredited college or junior college will have completed general education requirements if the degree program includes the minimum course requirements called for in the articulation policy and if Oklahoma State Regents’ requirements for the baccalaureate degree are met. (Note exceptions in teacher education and certain professional programs.)
Students with the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited out-of-state college will be given benefit of the Oklahoma articulation policy to the extent that their degree contains the minimum requirements of the policy.
Students are expected to attend class. Attendance policies are set in each class by the instructor. The instructor will provide students with a written statement of these policies. In emergencies, notification of instructors of such absences may be made through the Dean of Students’ office.
An instructor may drop a student from class for excessive absences.

Freshman: A student with 0 to 29 semester hours of college credit.
Sophomore: A student with 30 to 59 semester hours.
Junior: A student with 60 to 89 semester hours.
Senior: A student with 90 or more semester hours.
Post Graduate: A student with a bachelor’s degree who is not currently pursuing advanced degrees.
Graduate: A student with a bachelor’s degree who is enrolled for graduate credit.
Exception: The classifications do not necessarily apply to students in the College of Pharmacy except for the purpose of eligibility for office in a student organization.
All credits are earned in semester hours. Semester hour credits are calculated as follows:

  • One semester hour is awarded for a lecture class meeting one hour (50 minutes) per week and a minimum of two additional hours of work outside of class time for 16 weeks exclusive of enrollment, orientation, and vacation time. Lecture classes for two semester hours of credit will normally meet two days per week. Lecture classes for three semester hours of credit will normally meet three days per week, and so forth.

  • One semester hour of credit will normally be awarded for a laboratory meeting a minimum of two hours per week for 16 weeks. Laboratories offered for multiple hours of credit will meet a minimum of two times the number of hours per week for 16 weeks as the number of semester hours credit to be awarded.

  • Instruction offered through a combination of classes and laboratory meetings will normally observe the standards set forth in (1) and (2) above.

The general education courses, two majors, a major-minor, or one major and one minor; and sufficient electives to make a total of 120 semester hours comprise the curriculum. The 120 semester hours of coursework does not include any physical education activities. (Exceptions for professional programs, e.g., pharmacy and teacher education are noted in the program section of the catalog.) To complete a degree, students must meet the following general requirements:

  • A minimum of 120 semester hours of college credit with at least twice as many grade points as total hours of acceptable work (2.00 average on a 4.00 scale). Some degree programs require more than 120 semester hours of college credit to meet degree requirements. In cases involving work done at more than one college, the grade average must be attained in the work done at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, as well as in the total combined college work. (These are minimum academic grade standards. Some degree programs and professional programs require a higher grade-point average.)

  • At least 40 semester hours of work must be at the senior college level (3000 and 4000 courses). A minimum of eight semester hours of coursework at the 3000- or 4000-level must be completed at Southwestern Oklahoma State University within the department of the major.

  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of resident credit applied toward the bachelor’s degree shall be taken at the awarding institution, exclusive of correspondence work. In general, the residence work must include at least 15 of the final 30 credit hours that apply toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required in the major field.

  • A maximum of 60 semester credit hours taken at an accredited two-year institution, including the SWOSU at Sayre campus, may be applied toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree at SWOSU.

  • Ordinarily, a student is expected to meet the degree provisions of the catalog course requirements in effect when the student enters the University. Revised degree requirements, unless specifically provided otherwise, are applicable only to those students entering the University after the revisions are adopted. However, when a long period of time has elapsed since a student began a program, the student may be required to meet current requirements.

  • When the same course is required in the major and minor, another course of the same level or higher must be taken in order for the total hours to equal the graduation requirements.

  • A student may receive a second bachelor’s degree (differing from the first) upon the completion of a minimum of 150 semester hours, provided all the requirements for the degree are met.

After meeting admission requirements to SWOSU, if a student wishes to enter a pre-professional program that does not require a degree, or if a student does not expect to graduate, the student may enroll as a special student and take the courses necessary for the specialized training. Such programs include commercial art and two-, three-, and four-year pre-professional curricula for students preparing for law, medicine, dentistry, and engineering. In general, work completed in these special programs will apply toward a degree. Students should work closely with the institutions to which they will transfer to insure transferability of credit.

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