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Northeastern State University

Northeastern State University is where success begins. Here professors know their subjects and how to get you ready for a career after you graduate. We empower individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.



Back in 1846, Northeastern State University was founded as the Cherokee National Female Seminary. This historic link to the Cherokee Nation and Indian Territory make Northeastern the oldest institution of higher learning in Oklahoma. The original Seminary was built in Park Hill south of Tahlequah and destroyed by fire on Easter Sunday 1887. 


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.


The Faculty Research Committee (FRC) seeks to contribute by:

  • encouraging faculty research activity
  • encouraging student involvement in research through participation with faculty in research projects to more fully challenge the student's intellectual capacities
  • encouraging faculty research or scholarly activity that contributes to or expands knowledge in the faculty member's discipline
  • acting in an advocacy role for the faculty's research interest to the administration for purposes of increased funding, acquisition of research tools and resources and recognition of scholarly efforts
  • cooperating with the Office of Grants and Contracts in promoting research and seeking external funding


NSU Career Services presents students with approximately seven career fairs each year, including our Major Showcase, Part-Time Job Fair, Internship Expo, Career and Graduate School Fair and Teacher Job Fair. Additional events presented by the department include networking and etiquette dinners, employer-led workshops and a variety of other career readiness opportunities.


Student services

  • The Northeastern State University Office of Student Financial Services is dedicated to informing and educating you on options regarding federal student aid. 
  • The Office of Research Administration is under the supervision of the Vice President for Administration. We handle all post-award aspects of externally funded programs for all three Northeastern State University campuses. 

Housing services

At Northeastern State University, the Housing and Residence Life department offers many on-campus living options to help foster this transition and educate residents in an academically and socially enriching environment. Students that live on campus do better academically, have a higher graduation rate, forge lasting friendships with other students, faculty and staff, expand their social experiences and have easy access to all campus resources. 

Library services

NSU has physical library facilities at its Tahlequah, Broken Arrow, and Muskogee campuses. Services include coordinated acquisitions, cataloging, reference, circulation, instruction, and interlibrary loan. The libraries also provide access to online resources and services that are available to all students and faculty from the Internet.

ICT services

The ITS department at Northeastern State University manages a vast network with over 6500 devices attached to the system.

Medical services

Sick and wellness related appointments are available at the Student Health Center on the Tahlequah Campus and at the NEO Health clinic.

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to be sure you can get checked in and fill out any required paperwork before your scheduled appointment
  • Do not schedule an appointment within 1 hour of another class or engagement, because appointments may take longer than expected

Student Life

Campus life

The Tahlequah campus is a blend of old and new, where rich history meets modern technology all over campus. 

If you want a school with a traditional college feel, you’ll enjoy your time at NSU in Tahlequah. You can live in one of our six residence halls on campus. Please Note: Freshmen are required to live in housing unless there is an exception granted.1 There are more than 80 student organizations, 10 NCAA athletic teams and plenty of on-campus and nearby activities – there’s never a shortage of exciting opportunities at NSU. Classes are small, people are friendly and supportive, and you’ll quickly feel at home.

Student clubs

There are several types of organizations that you can be involved in as an NSU student on the Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses. With over 80 groups there is something for everyone’s interest. To find out more about our organizations contact the advisor or president. They will be able to tell you when the group meets and how to join.


Northeastern State University is accredited by Higher Learning Commission.

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States

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