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Oklahoma Baptist University is a private institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,802, its setting is city, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Oklahoma Baptist University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 5. Its tuition and fees are $20,796 (2012-13).
Oklahoma Baptist University is a small Christian university located in Shawnee, Okla., 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 theatre 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 comprised of five schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, College of Fine Arts, School of Business, and School of Christian Service. Undergraduates can choose from more than 80 courses of study ranging from church music to accounting. Graduate offerings include Master of business administration and Master of Science in nursing programs. Students can also take advantage of international study programs in Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and in numerous European countries.
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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 102-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.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Southern Baptist Convention|
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 more selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||65.9%|
|Application deadline||August 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Oklahoma Baptist University is 12:1, and the school has 69.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Oklahoma Baptist University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Anthropology; Elementary Education and Teaching; Physical Therapy/Therapist; and Bible/Biblical Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.8 percent.
Oklahoma Baptist University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,802, with a gender distribution of 40.9 percent male students and 59.1 percent female students. At this school, 65.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 35.0 percent of students live off campus. Oklahoma Baptist University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Oklahoma Baptist University, 81.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,666.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$20,796 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$6,200 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data