CU Fast Facts

Cameron university: providing quality education for more than a century

  • Cameron University is the largest four-year higher education institution in southwest Oklahoma.
  • Cameron University offers associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees in approximately 50 degree programs.
  • With an average fall enrollment of approximately 5,100 students, Cameron's population is diverse:
        64.5% White
        19.6% Black or African American
        10.8% Native American or Alaska Native
        11.8% Hispanic
        5.8% Asian
  • Cameron is home to approximately 260 international students from 51 countries.

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  • The first classes at Cameron were held on Statehood Day, 1909 in the basement of a bank building.
  • The institution is named for Evan Dhu Cameron, Oklahoma's first State Superintendent of Schools.
  • Cameron began as an agricultural high school, became a junior college, then expanded to the baccalaureate level, and added graduate programs in the 1980s.
  • Cameron University consistently ranks in the category of Least Debt of those designated as Regional University by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges.
  • Approximately 5,100 students made CU their home during the 2015-2016 academic year. Cameron has achieved the highest enrollment rates in its history in recent years.
  • Numerous times in recent years, "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cameron in among the top institutions nationwide for students graduating with the lowest debt load.
  • Enrollment has also continued to grow at Cameron's branch campus in Duncan. Since CU Duncan first opened its doors in 1994, enrollment has steadily increased. In the last 10 years, CU Duncan has more than doubled the number of students enrolled!


  • Cameron boasts small class sizes, and students benefit from a student-to-faculty ratio of 18-to-1, ensuring individualized attention from highly qualified faculty members.
  • During the 2010-11 academic year, Cameron achieved a 10-year unconditional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. The Commission noted that Cameron is a "role model institution" with "student learning at the center of what it does" and "despite significant statewide budget cuts, the institution was able to redesign itself to meet changing student needs."
  • As of Summer 2013, Cameron had 73 endowed faculty positions (lectureships, professorships and chairs) -- more than any other regional university in the state.
  • Students in the Department of Business have the opportunity to manage an investment portfolio funded through a $1 million line of credit by BancFirst, which underwrites the students' bond portfolio.  Profits from that portfolio are used to fund the stock portfolio.


  • Each year CU students, faculty, staff and community members volunteer for the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.  They work on a variety of projects at different locations in Lawton-Fort Sill to strengthen the community and empower individuals.
  • CU's Student Government Association continues to promote the "Paint the Town Black and Gold" initiative, working with community businesses to demonstrate their support of CU by selling merchandise, offering discounts to students, participating in Black and Gold Friday, and more.
  • Student organizations play an active role in the Lawton-Fort Sill community, providing volunteers for a variety of service-learning and fundraising initiatives.
  • As part of a university-wide initiative to promote healthy lifestyles, Cameron offers a community garden on campus to promote healthy eating. Students, employees, alumni and donors are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Cameron has been recognized as a "Certified Healthy Campus" by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
  • Cameron welcomes the community to walk the Aggie Mile, a beautiful, well-lit, one mile walking trail through the heart of campus. Cameron also invites folks to enjoy its 18-hole disc golf course which winds throughout campus.


  • More than $60 million in capital improvements have been made to Cameron's campus over the past years, including construction of Cameron Village, the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES), Cynthia S. Ross Hall, the McMahon Centennial Complex (MCC) and Bentley Gardens.
  • In Fall 2012, Cameron opened the Academic Commons, a building renovated from the former student union. This facility houses Cameron's convergence journalism option, a multi-disciplinary tutoring center, computer laboratories, an adjunct faculty office suite, and modern classrooms. The Academic Commons joins the MCC, University Library and the McMahon Fine Arts Complex in offering extended hours of operation and serving CU students late into the evening and on weekends.
  • In Summer 2013, the McMahon Field and Athletics Center was dedicated. The new home field for the Aggies softball team, it also has a dressing room for the team and umpires, a press box, concession facilities, restrooms, equipment storage, covered bleachers, landscaped patio spaces, an indoor practice facility with batting cages for both softball and baseball, and a new weight room for all Cameron athletes.

Bently Gardens gazebo and light post

2800 West Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505