Oklahoma Wesleyan University

2201 Silver Lake Rd, Bartlesville, OK 74006-6299

School Details

Most might associate Bartlesville, Oklahoma with the global headquarters of ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66, however this small, but sophisticated Midwestern town also incorporates the twenty-seven acre campus of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Years of college mergers and relocations took place, dating back to the formation of Colorado Springs Bible College in 1910, as the institution evolved into Bartlesville Wesleyan College and then Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2001 - a name change that occurred when the University expanded to offer graduate degrees. Today, enrolling 1,200 plus students, the private, not-for-profit OKWU issues undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Nursing, and Religion and Philosophy. While the University has continued to grow forward, it retains its founding evangelical Christian principles that integrate scholarship, character, integrity, servanthood, community, and stewardship.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and all of the business programs are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. OKWU enjoys a number of other accreditations and recognitions including approval of all online programs by the Kansas Board of Regents.

At Oklahoma Wesleyan University, coursework is tailored to meet the busy schedules of professional/adult students and classes are infused with “biblical lessons.” Students can complete 60 credit hours in the Associate of Arts in General Studies online program. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is delivered entirely online with courses ranging from Health Promotion & Family Theory to the Spiritual Care of the Client. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is “designed by police officers for police officers.” Additionally, students have the opportunity to pursue an online Master of Business Administration program with a concentration in Human Resources which includes coursework in Training & Development and Human Resources Leadership. OKWU offers spring, summer, and fall semesters beginning in January, May, and August, respectively. Admission criteria and materials include the OKWU application, high school diploma or GED, official transcripts from prior education including high school and higher learning transcripts, and ACT or SAT scores. In addition, international students will need proof of English proficiency.

Tuition rates vary for full-time/part-time and on-campus/online instruction. Tuition rates do not include additional fees, such as the enrollment commitment fee or graduations fees.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University supports both public and institutional financial aid through loans, grants and scholarships. With few exceptions, most aid is reserved for undergraduate students. OKWU awards academic scholarships, in addition to other merit-based awards. Church related awards are also available to qualifying students and include Church Matching Grants with participating institutions. Private scholarships are also accepted. OKWU supports the following federal aid programs:

  •     Pell Grant
  •     Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  •     TEACH Grant
  •     Federal Work Study
  •     Perkins Loan
  •     Direct Stafford Loan: Subsidized and Unsubsidized
  •     Direct PLUS Loan

The University also recognizes private educational loans and supports Oklahoma state financial aid including the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, the Oklahoma Promise scholarship and the Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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