Oklahoma Baptist University was founded in 1910 when it was authorized by the State Baptist Convention. The school suffered financial difficulties and closed its doors only to reopen later several times. The university reopened for the last time in 1915 and officially changed its name to The Oklahoma Baptist University in 1920. In 1952 Oklahoma Baptist University was granted full accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s Degrees and Masters Degrees. In addition to overall accreditation, the Music program, Teacher Education program and Nursing program have all earned specialized accreditation.
The value of education is held in high regard at Oklahoma Baptist University and the Universities purpose is to transform lives by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage in a diverse world, and live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ. Oklahoma Baptist University is a private, four-year, not-for-profit institution and is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma on a 200-acre campus with 34 buildings.
When applying to Oklahoma Baptist University students are required to have an SAT score of at least 950 or an ACT of at least 20, along with a 3.0 high school GPA on a 4.0 point scale and a class rank in the upper 50%. Students who do not meet these requirements may still be considered for admission but must submit a short essay and two letters of recommendations from recent teachers. Oklahoma Baptist University has an acceptance rate of 66% and 15% of students who are accepted decide to enroll. Students who decided to attend Oklahoma Baptist University come back for a following year of classes at a rate 77%. Students at Oklahoma Baptist University graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 44% and graduate within six years at a rate of 51%.
There are 1,871 students currently enrolled at Oklahoma Baptist University, of these students, 294 are adult learners over the age of 24. Most students study at the undergraduate level. There are 1,802 undergraduate students and 69 graduate students. Students at Oklahoma Baptist University are mostly full time enrollments, with 89% of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. The gender ratio of the student body is 59% female students and 41% male students. There is some racial diversity with the most represented race being white students who make up 42% of the student population. The other racial groups, African American, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian, make up 6%, 4%, 8% and 1% of the student body respectively and 25% of students represent two or more races.
Students have a broad range of options academically at Oklahoma Baptist University. There are six different colleges with a combined 85 areas of study leading to one of ten Bachelor’s Degrees or two Master’s degree programs. The Colleges at Oklahoma Baptist University include:
- College of Fine Arts
- College of Science and Mathematics
- College of Nursing
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Theology and Ministry
- College of Business
In addition to degree programs, students can also earn certificates in the areas of Business and Nursing.
There are a total of 178 faculty members, all of which are part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student’s interaction and personalized attention. The faculty is able to provide specialized attention to students through interaction in small class sizes due to a 16:1 student to faculty ratio.
For students wanting to take classes toward a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, Oklahoma Baptist University offers classes within the School of Christian Studies and a General Masters of Business Administration degree that can be completed entirely online. Online classes are taught through an interactive program in which students learn subject matter through active engagement within the context of virtual experiences.
Oklahoma Baptist University sees value in both in, and out of the classroom learning. Organizations are available to students in a wealth of activities both on and off campus. The student organizations are structured to offer opportunities for academic, social and spiritual growth. The available student organizations include:
- Campus Activities Board
- College Players
- German Club
- The Herd
- International Student Association
- Kappa Kappa Psi
- Omega Chi Delta
- Omicron Delta Kappa
- Phi Omega Sigma
- Student Nurses Association
- Theta Sigma Chi
- University Chorale
- University Concert Series
- Up 'til Dawn
Athletic programs are also offered to students. Oklahoma Baptist University is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and primarily competes in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Available sports include:
- Men and Women’s Basketball
- Men and Women’s Cross country
- Men and Women’s Golf
- Men and Women’s Soccer
- Men and Women’s Swimming
- Men and Women’s Tennis
- Men and Women’s Track & field
- Women’s Lacrosse
- Women’s Volleyball.
Oklahoma Baptist University offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 88% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:289
Calendar System:Four-one-four plan
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