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National Leader

25+ prestigious awards and recognitions for our commitment to diversity and inclusion
As a 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity recipient from Insight Into Diversity magazine, OSU is one of 8 schools in the nation, and the only institution in Oklahoma to receive this nationally renowned honor for eight years straight.


in faculty of color in OSU classrooms since Fall 2010

70+diversity and inclusion

organizations and resources

Over a decade of continued growth and achievement

OSU is committed to developing and graduating our Underrepresented, Underserved, Minority (UUM) student body. The OSU Strategic Plan for Assessment and Student Success is woven into our division's transformational effort. 

Enrollment and graduation trendsthrough 2019


in freshmen undergraduate students of color*

in undergraduate students of color*
total incoming

first-year undergraduate students of color of fall 2018

in number of first generation students of color*

in graduate students of color*

number of students of color earning a Bachelor's degree**

number of students of color earning a Master's degree**

number of students of color earning a doctoral degree**

Curriculum and Campus Environment

Broadening Horizons
Since 2008, OSU undergraduates have been required to enroll in a diversity designated course. In Fall 2019, there were approximately 100 diversity courses and 121 sections offered, according to the Office of the Registrar.

Structural Support

The Division of Access and Community Impact capital campaign has raised $6.4M since February 2014 and created fifty new endowed scholarships.
The veterans success center, inclusive excellence wall and the Center for Sovereign Nations, opened in 2015, demonstrating OSU's commitment to diversity.

Awards and rankings

Programs and Activities

  • Over 70 diversity related student, faculty and staff organizations
  • Retention initiative for student excellence program (RISE)
  • Inclusion leadership program (ILP)
  • Four U.S. Department of Education TRiO Programs
  • Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP) Program
  • NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Program
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs Mentoring and Retention Program
  • First 2 Go (first generation student program)
  • OSU hosted the 38th Annual Big 12 Conference of Black Student Leadership and Government in 2015
  • Critical Conversations diversity program series (e.g., Ferguson and Race in America, Voting Rights, Confederate Flag, Islamaphobia, The N-Word, etc.)
  • National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
  • OSU Diversity Hall of Fame
  • Recent campus and graduation speakers: Common, Dr. Tererei Trent, Condoleeza Rice, Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, Piyush Patel, Jamele Hill, Stedman Graham, Dr. Bennet Omalu, Cornell William Brooks, Daymond John, Raye J Montague, John W Franklin and Dr. Carol Anderson


  • 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity recipient from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine
  • 2021 & 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine
  • 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award recipient and a 2020 Diversity Champion
  • 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity recipient from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine
  • 2017-2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Champion (One of eight four-year schools in the nation to have received the HEED Award eight consecutive years)
  • 2019 NCAA Inclusion Award- Honorable Mention
  • 2018 APLU- Distinguished Service Award
  • 2018 Society for Diversity
  • 2017 APLU- McGrath
  • 2017 American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (AAAED) Roosevelt Thomas Champion of Diversity Award
  • 2017 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award
  • Purple Heart University designation in 2016
  • 2016 & 2017 Minority Access, Inc. Institution Committed to Diversity Award
  • 2016 NADHOE Institutional Excellence Award
  • 2016 Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council (SMSDC) Corporation of the Year Award
  • 11 OSU Morris K. Udall Scholarship recipients since 2009
  • 2016 & 2017 Mosaic Five-Star Inclusive Workplace Culture Award from the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce’s diversity business council
  • Among Military Times magazine’s 2019 Top 100 ‘best colleges’ rankings for our efforts to support and facilitate veteran and military student success.
  • 300 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars since 2000

Rankings and Designations

  • #1 in the nation among public land-grant colleges and universities for graduating Native American students since 2010
  • U.S. Department of Education "Titles III and V programs Waiver" Minority Serving Institution (MSI) designation
  • Top 100 degree producers for African American, American Indian, Asian American, Latinx and biracial/multiracial graduates (2014-2019)
  • Diverse Issue in Higher Education Top 100 Degree Producers for African American, American Indian, Asian American, Latino, and biracial/multiracial graduates (2014 - 2017)
  • ASEE CEAT Designation
  • NADOHE Board of Directors (2018 - 2021)


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