East Central University (ECU) is a four-year public university in Ada, Oklahoma, located in the south central region of the state
East Central University also has courses available in McAlester, Shawnee, Ardmore, and Durant.
The university began in 1909 as a normal school that taught high school and college classes. Some of its more famous alumni include former NFL player Mark Gastineau, past governors Robert S. Kerr and George Nigh, former U.S. Representative Lyle Boren, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert, and U.S. Army General James D. Thurman.
East Central is divided into 5 academic units (three colleges and two schools) with 70 degree programs. They are:
- The School of Business
- College of Education and Psychology
- College of Health and Sciences
- College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
- School of Graduate Studies
ECU serves around 5,000 students and is perhaps best known internationally for its cartography program, as only a few such programs exist. ECU is also home to an Environmental Health Science Program, one of only 30 programs nationally accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council