Students Say

There is no doubt that students attending Oklahoma Baptist University feel a "calling" toward this small, liberal arts school. "OBU has a fantastic education curriculum. It incorporates faith and learning, which is applicable to our everyday lives." This Spanish major states, OBU "is a Christian university that focuses on the liberal arts so that students are exposed to many different areas of study [in order to succeed] in a diverse world." Nursing, education and biblical studies continue to be the most popular majors, but this well-rounded university offers more than 80 areas of study.

Overview

Applicants
6,560
Acceptance Rate
56%

GPA Breakdown

56%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
28 - 28
SAT Math
28 - 28
ACT Composite
21 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

There is no doubt that students attending Oklahoma Baptist University feel a "calling" toward this small, liberal arts school. "OBU has a fantastic education curriculum. It incorporates faith and learning, which is applicable to our everyday lives." This Spanish major states, OBU "is a Christian university that focuses on the liberal arts so that students are exposed to many different areas of study [in order to succeed] in a diverse world." Nursing, education and biblical studies continue to be the most popular majors, but this well-rounded university offers more than 80 areas of study. All faculty are active Christians and professors are described as "passionate" and "inspiring." As one student explains, "professors are engaging, encouraging, and happy to help students." Outstanding academics and a prevailing respect for "amazing" professors are how most students define their educational experience at OBU. As a result of OBU's excellent teachers, "I have flourished here," says this nursing major. One glaring complaint from the student body is the lack of "communication between administration and students," which is described as "severely lacking."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15.69:1
Total Faculty
201
with Terminal Degree
94

110
Men
91
Women

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Michael Hunkapiller
Human Genome Project

Dr. Sunday Fadulu
Sickle Cell Anemia Research

Dr. Calvin Miller
Author

Winston Tabb
U.S.Library of Congress

Col. William Pogue
Astronaut

Esther Burroughs
Motivational Speaker

Dr. Susan Waltz
Board member of Amnesty International

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
80
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,846

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,210

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,013

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,557

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,330

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$20,600
Required Fees
$2,200
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,300
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
ACG SMART
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Since OBU is a Baptist-affiliated university, many of the students have a similar belief system and were raised in a Christian environment. A natural science major declares, "A typical student at my school has a passion for God." Though there is some divide between those students who are at OBU with an athletic scholarship and those who are pulled by a more spiritual calling, the groups tend to mix quite often. Undergrads advise in-coming students to "open up and share experiences with others" as the notion of "cliques" is emphatically dismissed. There is certainly room for the pocket of "hippie" leaning students—though this may be more of a fashion statement than a political slant. There is a sense that most OBU undergrads are "warm and friendly" in demeanor yet some are described as being rather "close-minded" and "quite juvenile" in character. Students at OBU do not withhold a good dose of judgment for those who inclined to break rules.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,019
Out of State
36%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

59% female
41% male
36% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Many students find diversion in movies and restaurants in Oklahoma City, which is only about a half hour from campus. However, with the focus on academics and rigorous study, local campus life is what most undergrads are drawn to. "School life is a blast!" gushes one graphic design major. "If you live in the dorms, you will have a lot of fun!" Several times a semester the Residential Life Department provides free concerts, plays, and other events including "random paint wars in the fields." Intramural sports engage many undergrads as do the frequent basketball games and other athletic competitions. Granted, as a Christian school you can expect to find "Bible studies almost every night of the week." Students are inclined to get into deep spiritual, ethical, and philosophical conversations, which often prove to be intellectually entertaining and satisfying. Yet, there are a handful of students who find campus life less than thrilling. On the downside, undergrads feel that the campus needs to focus on "improving the speed/bandwidth of the school's internet." There is some grumbling too about the school's expense against the provisions, including unhealthy "cafeteria food" and the less-than ideal conditions of dorms and other facilities. Many students bemoan the fact that employment is difficult to find in such a small town.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
63%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
76
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
5

2% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Bison)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Bison)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Oklahoma

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
6

Average Number of PC's per Lab
180

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Bruce Perkins
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
500 West University
Shawnee, OK 74801

Phone
4058782033

Email
admissions@okbu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Geiger Center (Student Building)
Recreation and Wellness Center
Noble Complex (athletics)
Mabee Learning Center (Library)
Intramural Field

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Bricktown - OKC
Wal-mart Super Center
Movie Theaters
I-HOP - Shawnee
OKC Rocks (rock climbing)
Being 35 miles from Oklahoma City, there are many opportunities for off-campus activities including professional baseball and hockey.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@okbu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be a senior in high school

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
OBU provides transportation to and from Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Shuttle service to and from the airport is also available. Shawnee has bus service provided by Greyhound Bus lines. Amtrak provides service to Oklahoma City.
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Key Stats

6,560
Applicants
2,019
Size
56%
Acceptance Rate
60
SAT Scores

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