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A place for friendship and community, Oklahoma Baptist University is a body of students and faculty dedicated to your academic, personal and spiritual growth. A place that challenges and stretches your worldview, OBU helps you expand your horizon and impact the world. Our liberal arts curriculum and exceptional faculty will help you develop strong communication skills, global awareness and the ability to think critically and creatively from a Christian perspective.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15-to-1, OBU offers a climate where you can ask questions and find answers. You will learn in an environment that encourages discussion and provides opportunities for students to investigate how academic fields connect to Christ.

A place that nurtures your mind, body and spirit, OBU helps you become the person God created you to be. You will find ways to engage the world, locally and globally. You can participate in local service projects, Global Outreach trips and study abroad opportunities.

Founded in 1910 with a distinct mission for Christian higher education, OBU provides a sense of purpose that drives our professors to invest their lives in their students and leads students to help one another grow academically, socially, physically and spiritually.

You will find many activities offered during the year, encouraging community and friendship, including a strong intramural sports program, talent shows, concerts and Bible studies. You can engage in your choice of dozens of student organizations and an active Student Government Association, or compete in one of OBU's 21 NCAA Division II varsity sports or 11 club sports.

Take the journey to Bison Hill. Pursue academic excellence as you integrate your faith with the knowledge you gain. Learn to impact the world as you become the person God created you to be. Find your place at OBU.

The Bison Pledge: Graduate in Four!
OBU pledges to help you graduate in four years. If you keep your part of The Bison Pledge and are unable to complete your degree within four years, OBU will provide the additional course(s) needed to complete your degree at no tuition cost or offer acceptable substitute courses. okbu.edu/bison-pledge

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Overview

Applicants
6,648
Acceptance Rate
40%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — August 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
169
with Terminal Degree
87

15
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • International Finance.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Programming, Specific Applications.
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Speech Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Family and Community Services.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Forensic Science and Technology.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Natural Sciences.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

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

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Christian Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Forensic Chemistry.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Counseling Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Bible/Biblical Studies.
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling.
  • Religious Education.
  • Religious/Sacred Music.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other.
  • Theology/Theological Studies.
  • Women's Ministry.
  • Youth Ministry.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, 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
Certificate
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,710

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,904

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,542

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,262

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,710

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$26,584
Required Fees
$3,280
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,760
Transportation for Commuters
$2,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$7,490
Comprehensive Fee

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
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

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

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,870
Foreign Countries Represented
35

Demographics

5.02%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.24%
Asian
4.78%
African-American
1.91%
Hispanic
66.75%
Caucasian
4.11%
Unknown
3.97%
International

60% female
40% male
49% are out of state
95% are full time
5% 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.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
67%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

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
42
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
16

3% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

39% participate in intramural sports
29% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bison)
12 Sports

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

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Bruce Perkins
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Address
Office of Admissions
500 West University
Shawnee, OK 74804

Phone
405-585-5000

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
Shawnee Mall
Movie Theaters
Buffalo Wild Wings - Shawnee
Riversport OKC
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: 2 hours

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
Academic Year

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.

Driving Instructions to Campus
35 miles east of Oklahoma City. From I-40 take Kickapoo Street exit. South on Kickapoo. On the corner of Kickapoo and MacArthur.


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