Oklahoma Baptist University

2014 Quick Stats
500 W. University

Shawnee, OK 74804

Phone: (405) 275-2850
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#5 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. Regional Colleges (West)

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Oklahoma Baptist University is a private institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,903, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Oklahoma Baptist University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 5. Its tuition and fees are $21,842 (2013-14).

Oklahoma Baptist University is a small Christian university located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, about 30 minutes from Oklahoma City. With more than 110 organizations on campus, students have a number of ways to get involved. Popular groups include the Campus Activities Board, which plans entertainment events throughout the year; the University Chorale; and the College Players, who promote theater and drama on campus. Many students also participate in intramural sports like sand volleyball, bowling or doubles tennis. Oklahoma Baptist's varsity sports teams, named the Bison, compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Ministry activities are also central to student life, including worship services, local and global outreach programs and a variety of community and Bible study groups. All unmarried students under 21 are required to live on campus in one of the single-sex residence halls or apartment complexes.

Oklahoma Baptist grants bachelor's and master's degrees and is made up of seven colleges: the College of Science and Mathematics, College of Nursing, College of Fine Arts, College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Theology and Ministry and College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Undergraduates can choose from more than 80 courses of study ranging from church music to accounting. Graduate offerings include master's degree programs in business administration and nursing. Students can also take advantage of international study programs in Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico and in numerous European countries.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

An innovative core curriculum, developed by faculty collaboration, offers students strong liberal arts and professional studies in a traditional undergraduate setting. OBU merges faith and learning to address a Christian world view, challenging graduates to informed service and leadership. The bond between faculty and students, and the opportunity to study in a residential campus community creates a positive environment for learning. Graduates have excelled in a wide array of fields, equipped with ability to continue learning throughout their careers. OBU's commitment to outstanding scholarship in a Christian community continues to yield success. The university challenges students to use their knowledge through global engagement, as a result, OBU is the leader among Baptist colleges in the number of students working in Southern Baptist international missions. OBU also has strong campus organizations and a vibrant intramural sports program, which is complimented by 21 nationally competitive varsity sports teams.

Through a four-fold mission statement and five core values, the University seeks to maintain a 103-year-old tradition as a Christian liberal arts college. The mission statement declares that "As a Christian liberal arts university, OBU transforms lives by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ." The core values build on the mission, highlighting that OBU is Christ Centered, Excellence Driven, Learning Focused, Missional Purposed, and Community Directed.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1910
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist Convention
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $93,337,527


When applying to Oklahoma Baptist University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.0%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Oklahoma Baptist University is 14:1, and the school has 65.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Oklahoma Baptist University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Bible/Biblical Studies; Elementary Education and Teaching; Psychology, General; and Physical Therapy/Therapist. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 42%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 13%
Bible/Biblical Studies 7%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%
Psychology, General 5%
Physical Therapy/Therapist 4%

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Student Life

Oklahoma Baptist University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,903, with a gender distribution of 42.5 percent male students and 57.5 percent female students. At this school, 64 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 36 percent of students live off campus. Oklahoma Baptist University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,979
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Oklahoma Baptist University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Oklahoma Baptist University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Oklahoma Baptist University, 88 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Oklahoma Baptist University.

Students who have cars on campus 88%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Oklahoma Baptist University, 73.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,210.

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Tuition and fees $21,842 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,360 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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