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East Central University (ECU) is a four year public university in Ada, Oklahomamarker, located in the south central region of the state. Ada is home to the tribal headquarters of the Chickasaw Nation. The president is Dr. John R. Hargrave. The university also has courses available in McAlester, OKmarker , Shawnee, OKmarker , Ardmore and Durant, OK.


The university was founded as East Central State Normal School in 1909, only two years after Oklahomamarker was admitted as the 46th state. As a normal school, East Central provided four years of "preparatory" (or high school) study, followed by two years of college work. Graduates of the normal school program received lifetime teaching certification statewide. In 1919, the normal schools were authorized by the Oklahoma Legislature to offer four years of teacher education, to offer bachelor's degrees, and were designated teachers' colleges. In 1939, the mandate expanded beyond education degrees, and the school became East Central State College. In 1974, the state legislature renamed the state colleges, and the school became East Central Oklahoma State University. It retained this name until 1985, when it gained its present name.

Academic Profile

Institutional Organization

East Central is divided into 5 degree-granting academic units, with a total of 68 degree programs. Three of the units are designated as colleges while two others are designated as schools. They are:
  • School of Business
  • College of Educations and Psychology
  • College of Health and Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies

Other Campuses

East Central is one of four participating institutions of higher education that offer college courses at the Ardmore Higher Education Center. There are also Distance Education sites located in Shawnee, OKmarker through the Gordon Cooper Technology Center and McAlester, OKmarker through the Eastern Oklahoma State College.

ECU also offers online courses for both Graduate and Under Graduate degree programs.


East Central's athletic teams (the "Tigers") compete in the NCAA Division II. Most offices for the athletics portion of the university are located within the Kerr Activities Center. In 1993, the Tigers won the NAIA national football championship against Glenville State 49-35, at ECU's Norris Field. On November 20, the Tigers Men's Basketball team helped Texas Tech set a school record for points scored in a game in a 167-115 loss to the Red Raiders.[150161]

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