In 1880, missionary teacher Professor Almon Bacone founded the Cherokee Baptist Mission in Oklahoma, based on Christian principles with the support of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. The first years were so successful that the Creek Tribal Council designated 160 acres for the school to be relocated to Muskogee. In 1910, the name of the school was ultimately changed to Bacone College in honor of its founder.
Though the private, not-for-profit College retains its Christian heritage, the demographics have expanded to include both American Indian and non-Indian students. The College retains an intimate student body with just over 1,100 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1. Bacone College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education. In addition specific academic schools and programs also have specified accreditation.
Bacone College houses seven schools and divisions that confers 29 Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees.
- Division of Arts and Sciences
- Division of American Indian Studies
- Division of Business
- School of Education
- School of Health Sciences
- Division of Adult Education
- Division of General Studies
The division of Adult Education offers additional degree opportunities to accommodate the needs of working adults and non-traditional learners. Students can enroll in eight-week accelerated classes, offered on-campus, online, and at off-campus site locations. Students, with a minimum of 33 transfer credit hours from an accredited institute, can complete the online Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies. In addition, students already possessing an Associate’s degree can enroll in the following online Bachelor’s degree programs:
Online Executive Degree Completion Programs
- American Indian Studies
- Business Administration
Online Professional Degree Completion Programs
- Christian Ministry
- Criminal Justice
- Medical Imaging, BSMI
- Nursing, RN-BSN
Tuition at Bacone College is divided into categories for students. Tuition, not including additional fees, for full-time students is:
- $5,455 per semester, Main Campus
- $4,400 per term, Adult Education
- $155 per credit hour, Tribal College
- $3,820 per term, Pre-mester program
Eligible students can access merit-based and need-based awards at Bacone through grants, loans, and scholarships.
Grant programs include the:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant
- Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant
- Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program
- Federal Work Study
- Tribal Grant
Bacone College also supports loan programs, like the Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and the Federal Parent PLUS Loans. Students may also access loans from alternative private sources. Multiple scholarships based on merit and financial need are also available to qualifying students, like the Presidential Scholarship and the American Indian Students of Promise award.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Bachelor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:345
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