Oklahoma Baptist University is a private, coeducational Christian liberal arts institution located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Established in 1910, the University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, who founded the school. Oklahoma Baptist University has been rated as one of the top ten regional colleges in the West by the U.S. News & World Report for more than twenty consecutive years – making it Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. Oklahoma Baptist University has also been recognized by The Princeton Review which named it one of the “best colleges and universities” in the western United States as well as by Forbes.com which has repeatedly included Oklahoma Baptist University in its list of “America’s Best Colleges.”
Academic ProgramsOklahoma Baptist University’s mission is to transform “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 University is founded on the principles and teachings of Scripture and considers its primary purpose as being to “conduct educational programs in the traditional arts and sciences and in other disciplines with the intent to prepare students for effective leadership and service in the various vocations.”
Oklahoma Baptist University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1952. At least ten bachelor’s degrees in more than 85 areas of study are offered by Oklahoma Baptist University as well as master’s degrees (offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies) in the areas of business administration, nursing, Christian studies and marriage and family therapy.
Student LifeOklahoma Baptist University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students. On-campus student housing is offered through the University’s resident halls which are divided between men’s and women’s dormitories. Rooms are equipped with cable TV capabilities and all residential students are assigned a meal plan.
Oklahoma Baptist University recognizes several student-run clubs and organizations which cater to a wide range of personal and academic interests. These and other campus events and activities offer students ample opportunity to interact with one another outside of the classroom setting and allow students to develop valuable leadership skills. Oklahoma Baptist University fields more than 20 varsity athletic teams, including football, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer swimming/diving, tennis, men’s baseball, and women’s softball, lacrosse and volleyball. Formerly a member of the NAIA Division I, Oklahoma Baptist University recently transitioned to the NCAA and competes in the Great American Conference.