Patten University

2433 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

School Details

Patten University is a private university located in the large city of Oakland, California. First founded in 1944 by Bebe Patten as the Oakland Bible Institute, Patten University was initially affiliated with the Christian Evangelical Churches of America, a denomination established by Patten. In 1997, the school became an affiliate university of the Church of God, and then in July 2012 was acquired by the UniversityNow network.

Patten University retains a mission to provide high quality, accessible, affordable undergraduate and graduate education that integrates leadership and service inspiring students to engage in community and global transformations. Patten University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and authorized by the California State Board of Education to award Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees.

When applying to Patten University, potential students are required to pay a $30 application fee as well as submit their GPA, official transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Students that have completed high school more than two years prior to the application processes are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Students can also be accepted provisionally without a high school diploma or SAT/ACT scores. Patten University maintains an open admissions policy.

There are approximately 1,000 students currently enrolled at Patten University. Of these students, just over 900 are undergraduate students and more than 50 are graduate students. Undergraduate students at Patten University are mostly part-time students, with 54 percent of students taking fewer than 12 credits per semester. Graduate students are also typically part-time enrollments, with part-time students making up 45 percent of the total graduate enrollment.

The gender ratio of the student body is 39 percent female students and 61 percent male students. More than half of the students at this university are foreign students, at 52 percent of the student body. African Americans make up the next largest group at 14 percent, with white students being the third largest at 12 percent. Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students come in at eight percent, three percent, and one percent, respectively. The remaining students claim two or more races or their ethnicity is unknown. Additionally, there are 299 adult learners, who are over the age of 24.

Students have a variety of academic options at Patten University, including degrees or certificates that can be earned through a variety of major programs. These degrees/certificates include:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • California Teacher Credential

Furthermore, students have the option to choose from a number of different of majors. The Associate of Arts in General Studies prepares students for transfer into four-year programs. Likewise, students pursuing bachelor’s degrees can opt for studies in Leadership, Liberal Studies, Organizational Management and Psychology. The Organizational Management program features concentrations in Leadership and Public Relations while students enrolled in the Psychology program can concentrate in Clinical Counseling or Family/Child. In addition, Bachelor of Arts in religious studies include Biblical Studies, Pastoral Studies, and Music & Worship Leadership programs. The Master of Arts degrees allow students to focus on education fields, with concentrations in Educational Leadership, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Curriculum Design.

There are a total of 57 faculty members, all of who are part of the instructional faculty. Classes are typically of a smaller size, allowing for more personalized attention and one-on-one teaching opportunities, due to a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

For students wanting to complete a degree, but who require a more flexible schedule, Patten University offers programs that can be completed through the online degree division. The online degree program allows students the freedom to earn their degree on their own terms while still supporting close interaction with faculty and students in an engaging learning environment. Students taking online courses and working towards online degrees will have the opportunity to work with faculty, track their progress and accomplishments, and learn collaboratively with other students. Currently, students can enroll in two different degree programs offered online through Patten University:

  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership with a Concentration in Management

Students at Patten University also have the option to participate in athletics. There are two intercollegiate sports teams, both competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Division I. These teams include men’s baseball and women’s softball.

Tuition at Patten University varies by degree program. Undergraduate students enrolled in one to 18 credit hours of study pay $1,316 per term, graduate students enrolled in one to nine credits pay $1,996 per term, and the Teacher Credential Program costs $2,396 for one to 15 credits of study.

Patten University offers flexible payment plans and attempts to help their students financially obtain educational goals. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 100 percent of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $7,034 per student per year. Students can also apply for extra assistance through college loans; 96 percent of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $6,581.


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