About RSU

Fast Facts

RSU is a dynamic, progressive university widely recognized for its high-quality academic programs, distance learning options, and high-technology learning environment.

RSU is the only public four-year, residential university in the Tulsa area and is located near several major Tulsa high-technology employers and the Tulsa International Airport.

More than 4,000 students are enrolled at RSU's three campuses and online (fall 2014).

RSU is dedicated to providing programs and activities to foster student development outside the classroom. The Office of Student Affairs provides services to promote student development, diversity, campus activities, career services, and more. Nearly 30 student organizations are active on campus.


RSU offers articulation agreements with several two-year institutions, including Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami; Tulsa Community College; Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa; and Carl Albert State College in Poteau. RSU offers cooperative educational agreements with several technology centers across Oklahoma, including Tulsa Technology Centers, Northeast Technology Centers, and Central Technology Centers.

The RSU Center for Studies-at-Large provides students with opportunities to study different cultures, customs and locations along with regular coursework through programs in five countries and a variety of domestic locales.

The RSU School of Business and Technology offers internship and co-op programs to its students at major companies in the region, including ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville. Since 2006, more than 60 students have completed internship and co-op programs and most received and accepted full-time job offers from the companies following graduation.

Since 2003, 90 RSU medical/molecular biology graduates have gained admission to medical, pharmacy, dentistry and other health sciences schools in Oklahoma and surrounding states.

RSU offers a variety of bachelor degree programs in high demand areas such as business administration, biology, communications, and nursing, as well as unique disciplines such as game development, justice administration, sport management and military history. RSU is the only university in Oklahoma to offer a bachelor's degree in military history.

RSU’s emergency medical services program is one of only two college-level paramedic programs in the state of Oklahoma and the only such program in northeast Oklahoma.

RSU enjoys a statewide reputation for academic excellence in its nursing program. RSU nursing students consistently pass the Registered Nurse (R.N.) licensure exam on the first attempt, compared to a national and state pass rate. RSU’s nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

RSU participates in The Washington Center Internship Program, a nationally recognized program placing students with private, public, and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Students participating in the semester-long internship earn college credit while they gain "real world" experience within their field of interest and interact with influential leaders and policymakers. RSU is one of only three universities in Oklahoma to participate in the program.


The university has constructed the $5 million Chapman Dining Hall on the Claremore campus that opened in fall 2014. The facility can serve up to 1,000 students per meal and includes a basement area that provides shelter during inclement weather.

The Oklahoma Military Killed in Action Memorial will be dedicated on the RSU campus in Claremore in June 2011. The memorial will be a black granite pyramid etched with the names of more than 100 OMA cadets who died in service abroad.

RSU opened in 2009 its $13 million Centennial Center – a two-level, 50,000 square-foot facility that combines a variety of student programs under one roof, serves as a central location for students to study and socialize, and provides a focal point for the RSU campus in Claremore.

Baird Hall underwent a $9.5 million expansion and renovation including upgraded classroom spaces, a performance studio, an amphitheater-style outdoor classroom and art gallery. Opened in 2010, Baird Hall serves as the headquarters for the Department of Communications, Department of English and Humanities, Department of Fine Arts and Department of History and Political Science. The RSU/Cameron Education Program is also located in Baird Hall.

The Claremore campus is accentuated with some of the largest and most elaborate sculptures located on any university campus in Oklahoma, including sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.

All major historic buildings on the Claremore campus have been renovated. Preparatory Hall and Meyer Hall are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. RSU’s beautiful main campus also features a military museum, an art gallery, Will Rogers Auditorium, two lakes, a 120-acre nature conservatory, amphitheater, and nature trails for the community.

A collection of 57 porcelain sculptures of birds in their natural habitat by Edward Marshall Boehm, one of the leading wildlife artists of the 20th Century, was donated to RSU by Bill and Betty Holman of Claremore. The collection can be viewed by the public at the university’s Stratton Taylor Library.

RSU is the only university in Oklahoma to operate a full-power public television station, reaching more than 1 million viewers across Oklahoma and surrounding states.

RSU operates its own radio station, RSU Radio (KRSC) 91.3 FM, which can be heard in Claremore, Tulsa, and across northeast Oklahoma. RSU Radio is the only alternative college radio station on a campus in Oklahoma. Most of the programming is produced and hosted by RSU students, and members of the community.

The RSU Student Health Center is located in Downs Hall on the Claremore campus. The center provides health care for students, faculty, and staff for treating minor injuries and illnesses, as well as providing individual, group, and family counseling for students.

The RSU Conservation Education Reserve, a 120-acre nature conservatory featuring an outdoor amphitheater and nature trails, is located on the university’s campus in Claremore.


RSU and the MidAmerica Industrial Park have established a partnership to boost education and economic development in the region, including the relocation of the Pryor campus to the grounds of the industrial park. The largest gift in university history, the $10 million campus opened in January 2014.

In 2005, RSU relocated its Bartlesville campus to a historic nine-story downtown building, enabling the university to offer more classes, more degree programs, and more services for area residents. The building has undergone major renovations to accommodate new bachelor's degree programs such as business and nursing and the expansion of student services.

RSU Online has received high marks in U.S. News & World Report's national survey of online degree programs.

RSU was the first public university in Oklahoma to offer bachelors degrees online. Through the innovative RSU Online program, students can earn bachelor's and associates degrees entirely online.


RSU intercollegiate athletics fields 12 intercollegiate teams in six sports, competing as a member of the Heartland Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Hillcats were accepted into the NCAA Division II membership process in 2012. Since the introduction of intercollegiate athletics to campus in 2005, the Hillcats have enjoyed unprecedented success  with a combined three conference championships, one regular season conference championship, one individual conference champion, eight national tournament appearances and the Champions of Character Five Star Award.

The Rogers State University athletic department completed in 2012 the largest facilities enhancement initiative in school history with a $4 million investment in baseball, softball, soccer and cross country facilities.

The RSU mascot, the Hillcat, is a fictitious blue and crimson animal. A cousin of the bobcat, the Hillcat serves as a source of school pride and spirit and identify the university's academic, alumni, and athletic programs.


Since RSU became a four-year university in 2000, the institution has increased the number of full-time faculty members by more than 50 percent. Most RSU faculty members hold doctoral degrees or the highest degrees available in their fields from esteemed institutions across the nation, including Princeton University, Duke University, and the University of Oklahoma.

Five endowed faculty chairs have been established at RSU. The private gifts funding these faculty chairs have been matched dollar for dollar by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's Endowment Trust Fund. RSU's endowed faculty chairs are: the Kunz Endowed Chair in Communications, funded by Warner Brothers (WB) television; the Sarkeys Endowed Chair in Business Information Technology, funded by the Sarkeys Foundation; the John W. Norman Endowed Chair in Business Information Technology, funded by anonymous donors; the Oliver Dewey Mayor Endowed Chair, funded by the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation for an endowed faculty position at RSU's campus in Pryor; and an Endowed Chair in Nursing.


The RSU Honors Program provides an atmosphere where scholars can challenge themselves academically to maximize their college experience through specialized courses, student/faculty joint research projects, and a strong emphasis on service learning in the community.

RSU has established the President's Leadership Class (PLC), a four-year scholarship program designed to foster personal and professional development for RSU students who have demonstrated leadership abilities.

The RSU Foundation, through the leadership of its Board of Directors, aggressively seeks private funds for the benefit of the university and its students. Recent major gifts have been provided to RSU for student scholarships, computer technology, and instructional equipment from Founders and Associates, the Aldridge Foundation, Oklahoma Natural Gas, the SBC Foundation, ConocoPhillips, the Chapman Foundation, and many other foundations, corporations, and individuals in Oklahoma.

The RSU Legacy Society, an organization of individuals and families who have provided gifts to the university through their estate plans, offers donors a variety of planned giving methods to provide future support for education through wills, real estate, life insurance policies, specially designed trusts, and more. Professional financial planners work closely with members to select and establish planned giving methods that best suit their investment and retirement plans.


The Oklahoma Military Academy Museum, located on the second floor of Meyer Hall on the RSU campus in Claremore, tells the story of the more than 10,000 cadets who attended the Oklahoma Military Academy (OMA) from 1919 to 1971. The museum, which is open to the public, features thousands of historical documents, photographs, military uniforms, and other memorabilia. The OMA, one of the predecessor institutions of RSU, was known throughout the U.S. as the “West Point of the Southwest.” Distinguished graduates include Lt. Gen. William E. Potts, Admiral William J. Crowe, and Col. Edwin P. Ramsey.