The university first opened in 1953 as the South Texas Bible Institute in Houston, Texas. By 1955, the school offered a four-year degree and changed its name to the Gulf Coast Bible College. Later changes in the twentieth century included the association to the Church of God, along with the 1985 relocation to Oklahoma City Oklahoma, and a name change to Mid-America Bible College. In 2003, the institution adopted the title Mid-America Christian University. Today Mid-America Christian University is a four-year, private not-for-profit liberal arts institution located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Associated with the Church of God, Mid-America Christian’s mission statement “prepares students through a Wesleyan perspective to create, collaborate, and innovate to solve local and global problems for the glory of God through Jesus Christ and the good of society.” MACU offers Bible-based liberal programs and ministry education, extending more than 25 fields of study for graduates and undergraduates. The school offers certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees.
Mid-America Christian provides educational opportunities for both recent high school graduates, as well as offering affordable, accessible education for working adults. Programs include a range of topics, such as: Behavioral Science, Counseling, Business Administration, Bible & Theology, Teacher Education, Leadership, and Criminal Justice all taught from a worldview that promotes Judeo-Christian values and ethics.
The more than 60-acre campus consists of eight buildings. The main building encompasses nearly two acres under the same roof. The college auditorium has the capacity of 670 seats, which is used for chapel, assemblies, and other special sessions. The Charles Ewing Brown Library contains more than 166,000 volumes and seats more than 150 students with 33 computer stations, 2 meeting rooms, and an Education Resource Center for students in the School of Teacher Education.
Mid-America Christian University demographics include:
- A student population of 2,424 students
- A 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- About 60 percent female student body
- More than 40 percent minority students
- About 75 percent of undergraduate students 25 years old or above
- Nearly 70 percent of undergraduates and graduates enrolled in online education
- Retention rates of 57 percent for full-time first-time students seeking a bachelor’s degree
- An overall graduation rate of 27 percent
Special learning opportunities at Mid-America Christian University include teacher certification, distance education, weekend/evening college, remedial services, and academic/career counseling services. Credit accepted includes: dual credit, credit for life experiences, and advanced placement (AP) credits. Students have the option to complete degrees delivered online, offered through once-weekly accelerated formats, or hybrid sessions. Online coursework is available for first-time students, returning students and graduate programs. Online degree programs include the MACU Associate in Arts and Ethics degree, eleven different bachelor’s degree programs ranging from a Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministries to a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Corrections and Ethics. An undergraduate certificate in Worship Leadership is also available via distance education. Online master’s degree programs are designed to be completed in 22 months and students can enroll in a number of programs, with various tracks, including:
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Arts in Leadership
- Master of Leadership
- Master of Science in Counseling-School of Psychology & Behavior
Mid-America Christian (MACU) teams (known as Evangels) are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC). The Evangels also compete as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and volleyball.
Financial aid is available for eligible students. About 95 percent of students at Mid-America Christian University utilize financial aid. The financial aid process at MACU is unique to the college of study. Grants include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant, “OK Promise” Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program. Federal loan programs include the Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students. Scholarships include Freshmen-based merit awards and transfer awards. Students may also be eligible for Federal Work Study.
Mid-America Christian University maintains an open admissions policy. Criteria for prospective undergraduate students includes:
- Application and $25 fee
- Official high school transcripts
- Recommendation form referencing “character development”
- ACT / SAT scores with a minimum ACT score of 18 and 1270 SAT
MACU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Church of God
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,208
Percent Admitted:Open admission policy
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