Oakland City University was founded in 1885 when the Educational Board of General Baptists gained a charter from the state of Indiana to operate a college at Oakland City. The first classes, in 1891, were held on 10 acres of land donated by Colonel William A. Cockrum, in a two-story building that housed both the administration offices and classrooms. In 1907, the college was accredited by the state of Indiana as a teacher training institution and in 1977 the university became fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Finally, in 1995 Oakland City College was granted university status, becoming Oakland City University. Originally founded with the intent to see that the gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed through education, the university is proud to continue towards the same mission. Through its motto, "Enter to learn, Go forth to serve," Oakland City University strives to provide the highest quality Christian education. The mission to invoke “enhancement of intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development for positive leadership” is met through steady values on a strong dedication to academic excellence, preparation for gainful employment, promotion of Christian ethical and moral values, community service and positive leadership.
The main campus of Oakland City University is located on 34 acres in Oakland City, Indiana. An active university atmosphere is available on campus through a variety of activities including free movie nights, admission to the campus fitness center and student organizations. Both on and off campus housing is offered including separate men’s and women’s residence halls and even apartments for married students. There are also satellite campuses locations in Bedford, Evansville, Rockport and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Potential students wanting to apply to Oakland City University need to do so by August 1st and their applications need to be sent in with a non-refundable fee of $35. In the fall of 2011, there were 225 applicants, 69% of which were accepted. Students who decided to attend Oakland City University chose to come back for a second year at a rate of 43%. Of students who are enrolled full time, 43% graduated within the standard four years it is expected to take to earn a bachelor’s degree.
There are a total of 2,610 students who currently go to Oakland City University. Of these students, 2,437 are undergraduate students, 108 of which are transfer students, and 173 are graduate students. Most students who come to Oakland City University come from within Indiana, only 8% come from out of state and only 4% come from foreign countries. On average, 33% of the students attend class full time and 67% are part time students. The student body is comprised of 42% male students and 58% female students. There is a lack of diversity with 88% of students being White and only 4% and 2% representing African American and Hispanic students respectively. About 19% of students are over the age of 25.
There are five schools that make up the variety of programs available to Oakland City University students.
• The School of Arts and Sciences
• The School of Business
• The School of Education
• The Chapman School of Religious Studies
• The Chapman Seminary
These five schools offer degrees ranging from the Associates level all the way up to the Doctoral degrees. All five schools work toward the same goal of providing a challenging and rewarding education to enrolled students. Within these schools, classroom learning is often combined with practical experience and independent research. To further help students reach their full potential, each student is personally advised by a faculty member in the department of their major. For students who are unable to attend in-class learning sessions, Oakland City University offers select online class options.
For its 13 varsity sports, which include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, Oakland City University's Department of Athletics holds dual membership affiliation with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) division II and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) division I. There are also a variety of intermural sports including coed softball, bowling, football, corn hole and even competitive eating among others.
About 47% of undergraduate students receive either grant or scholarship aid. In addition to financial aid, scholarships and loans, a tuition payment plan is offered through Oakland City University.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:196
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