Oklahoma Baptist University campus

Overview

Applicants
5,984
Acceptance Rate
60%

GPA Breakdown

53%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
489 - 661
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
517 - 559
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22.2 - 29.5

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
41%
Graduate in 5 years
50%
Graduate in 6 years
51%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and management, Other
  • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other
  • Speech Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • Speech and Rhetorical Studies

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Child Care and Support Services Management
  • Child Development
  • Family Systems
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Museology/Museum Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Christian Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
  • Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling
  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
  • Theology/Theological Studies
  • Youth Ministry

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Piano and Organ
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera


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."

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
41%
Graduate in 5 years
50%
Graduate in 6 years
51%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,794

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,907

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,101

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
$21,630
Required Fees
$2,370
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,500
Transportation for Commuters
$2,200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,942
Out of State
44%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

5.61%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
6.32%
African-American
2.45%
Hispanic
73.64%
Caucasian
2.12%
Unknown
3.98%
International

58% female
42% male
44% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

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.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
68%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Wellness Housing

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.

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

Sustainability


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.