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OPSU is a baccalaureate degree granting institution located in Goodwell, Oklahoma. General governance of the institution is in the hands of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. Academic programs and financial support are authorized and coordinated through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Rooted in “Progress through Knowledge,” OPSU is committed to promoting excellence in the preparation of students for success in a global community.


Provide excellence to all stakeholders.

  • Student Learning

    Through empowerment, innovation, access, and student centered support Panhandle State will shape lifelong learners and improve student outcomes.

  • Resource Optimization

    Engagement, partnerships, and collaboration will empower Panhandle State to cultivate all resources responsibly.

  • Graduate Production

    Provide comprehensive student experience focused on promoting excellence across each student’s academic career to graduation and beyond.

  • Life-Long Learning

    Improve the quality of life and transform the communities we serve through engagement and partnerships.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University, a national leader among regional universities, will empower its learners and community through the cultivation of lifelong opportunities.


We are held accountable to maintain ethical practices.


We embrace and support our diverse cultures.


We seek continuous improvement opportunities.


We operate as a center for educational and cultural opportunities.


We are stewards in the conservation of our resources

OPSU was created by an act of the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1909 as Pan-Handle Agricultural Institute offering secondary agricultural education for the Panhandle area. 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. In 1925, the State Board of Agriculture authorized upper division college courses, and in the summer of 1926, junior and senior level courses were added to the curriculum. Two additional name changes have been ordered by the legislature: in 1967, Oklahoma Panhandle State College of Agriculture and Applied Science; in 1974, Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

OPSU, a baccalaureate degree granting institution, is an accredited university by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Oklahoma System of Higher Education, and is approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (OEQA) for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers. General governance of the university is managed by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. The academic programs and financial support of OPSU are authorized and coordinated via the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Additional history of the campus and building bios from the centennial celebration can be found here.