Cameron University’s history is rooted in Oklahoma’s statehood. In 1908, a year after Statehood, the Oklahoma Legislature created six agricultural high schools – one in each judicial district. The Cameron State School of Agriculture was named for the Rev. E. D. Cameron, a Baptist minister and Oklahoma’s first State Superintendent of Schools. The first classes were held on Statehood Day, Nov. 16, 1909, in the basement of a bank building in downtown Lawton while a new campus building was constructed west of town.
Cameron added junior college work in 1927. With this changed function came a new name – Cameron State Agricultural College. As World War II loomed in 1941, high school courses were dropped, and Cameron became solely a junior college.
Baccalaureate degrees were authorized in 1966 by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, following action by the Legislature. The institution’s name was shortened to Cameron College in 1971, and then changed to Cameron University in 1974.
In 1988, State Regents expanded Cameron’s functions to include offerings at the master's degree level. This change in function was the first granted to an Oklahoma institution since Cameron was given the authority to offer bachelor's degrees more than 20 years earlier. In May 2004, a higher education center located in nearby Duncan became an official branch campus and was renamed Cameron University-Duncan.
Today, Cameron University serves students from around the globe, offering nearly 50 degrees through two-year, four-year and graduate programs.
Cameron University is committed to providing its students a top-quality education from caring and qualified faculty. Small class sizes provide an environment where learning and student success are the highest priority.
Cameron offers an honors program, early admission, advanced standing, a study abroad program, and college-level examination programs. Free tutoring is available in labs across campus and at the Office of Teaching and Learning, all designed to help students achieve academic success.
So confident is Cameron in the quality education students receive, it has implemented “The Cameron University Guarantee.” Cameron will provide additional education, at no expense to the graduate or employer, to CU baccalaureate graduates who enter the workforce and whose employers identify a deficiency in core employment areas in the graduate’s major field of study.
“The Cameron University Guarantee” is believed to be the first program of its kind offered by a public university in Oklahoma and one of the first in the nation.