Oklahoma Panhandle State University

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Oklahoma Panhandle State University
OPSUniversity seal.png
Motto Progress Through Knowledge
Established 1909
Type Public
President Dr. David Bryant
Students 1,550 +
Location Goodwell, Oklahoma, USA
36°35′35″N 101°38′14″W / 36.59306°N 101.63722°W / 36.59306; -101.63722Coordinates: 36°35′35″N 101°38′14″W / 36.59306°N 101.63722°W / 36.59306; -101.63722
Colors Crimson and Blue
Nickname Aggies
Website www.opsu.edu

Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) is a university in Goodwell, Oklahoma. OPSU is a baccalaureate degree granting institution. General governance of the institution is provided by the Board of Regents of the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. Academic programs and financial support are authorized and coordinated through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


In 1908, the Oklahoma Legislature passed legislation stating that, "...each of the Supreme Court judicial districts [shall have] a district agricultural school of secondary grade for instruction in agriculture and mechanics and allied branches, and domestic science, and economics, with courses of instruction leading to the Agricultural and Mechanical College, and the state normal schools."[1]

Oklahoma Panhandle State University was created in response to this act and opened in 1909 as Pan-Handle Agricultural Institute, (PAI) offering secondary agricultural education for the Panhandle area. PAI began offering courses to prepare public school teachers in 1915.[1] In 1921, the legislature authorized the school to offer a two-year college curriculum, and the name was changed to Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College (PAMC). The college began offering four-year degree programs in 1925. In 1967, the school was designated as Oklahoma Panhandle State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1974, the university assumed its present name.[2] At the turn of the 21st Century, OPSU was the only school in Oklahoma offering both associate and bachelor degrees.[1]


The university is organized into six schools that offer associate degrees and bachelor's degrees in such areas as history, education, business, and nursing. OPSU's agriculture-related degree programs produce valued and competent graduates who are qualified to work in the region's many bovine, equine, swine, and farming-related industries.

OPSU is regionally accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to grant associate and bachelor's degrees. It is also approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Education for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers, and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Primary quad and clock tower at OPSU

The constituent schools are:

  • School of Agriculture
  • School of Business and Technology
  • School of Education
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Science, Mathematics, and Nursing
  • University College


Carl Wooten Field and Water Tower

OPSU competes as a founding member of the Heartland Conference as the "Aggies" (except rodeo and football). The university sponsors football, softball (women), baseball (men), and men's and women's golf, cross-country running, and basketball.

  • A point of pride for OPSU is its men's and women's rodeo teams. The school is a member of the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and has won several regional and national championships in the sport. OPSU won national titles in 1997, 1998 and 2000.[1] As part of their scholarship package, rodeo team members may receive lodging in special housing and stalls for their animals.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Richter, Sara and Tom Lewis. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Oklahoma Panhandle State University." Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  2. ^ [1] Oklahoma Panhandle State University Retrieved February 16, 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Sexton, Kathryn A. (1979). The Heritage of the Panhandle - The History of Panhandle State University: 1909-1979. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 548 pp. 

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