Founded in 1909, Southeastern Oklahoma State University serves 4,000 students throughout Oklahoma and North Texas. While the main campus is located in Durant, the University also offers programs at the McCurtain County branch campus in Idabel; the University Center of Southern Oklahoma, Ardmore; Eastern Oklahoma State College, McAlester; Tinker Air Force Base and Rose State College, Midwest City; Oklahoma City Community College; and Grayson College, Denison, Texas.
Southeastern is one of six institutions governed by the Regional University System of Oklahoma. Collectively, these six institutions serve more than 42,000 students.
Southeastern is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the University holds a number of specialty accreditations,including The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (John Massey School of Business).
The University, which offers 40 bachelor's degree programs and 12 master's degree programs, is nationally known for such fields of study as Aviation, Elementary Education, and Occupational Safety & Health.
Southeastern is also ranked annually among the top 10 schools nationally in producing Native American graduates. It offers a number of innovative programs to assist Native American students, who comprise 30 percent of the student enrollment.
The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC) is housed on the Southeastern campus.
Over the past several years, several facility additions/improvements have enhanced the Durant campus, including a new General Classroom Building; Native American Center for Student Success; Glen D. Johnson Student Union; Shearer Residence Hall & Suites; Bloomer Sullivan Arena; OKSBDC Building; Campus Police Station; renovated theater building; and a renovated Paul Laird Football Field.
Athletically, the Southeastern Savage Storm competes in the Great American Conference of NCAA Division II.
The University is one of the largest employers in the Durant area, and has received national recognition for its community service.