A public university in Ada, Oklahoma
East Central University (ECU or East Central) is a public university in Ada, Oklahoma. It is part of Oklahoma's Regional University System. Beyond its flagship campus in Ada, the university has courses available in McAlester, Shawnee, and Durant, as well as online courses. Founded as East Central State Normal School in 1909, its present name was adopted in 1985. Some of its more prominent alumni include Modernist painter Leon Polk Smith, 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.
ECU is approximately 90 miles from Oklahoma City, 115 miles from Tulsa and 150 miles from Dallas. Today the campus consists of 37 buildings on 135 acres; the university typically enrolls more than 3,500 students per semester from more than 30 countries and 25 states
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