Founded in 1946, Southwestern Christian University began its life as a small bible college dedicated to preparing pastors and lay leaders for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, but by 1964 the bible college had already grown into a regionally-accredited junior college. It took until 2001 for Southwestern College to reach the status to be renamed Southwestern Christian University, but the 21st century has been kind to SCU. Though small, SCU is steadily growing in size and reputation, especially as its online degree programs expand.
Academic ProgramsSCU was Oklahoma’s first Pentecostal college, and remains one of the state’s premiere Christian liberal arts colleges in a state with many. Southwestern Christian’s curriculum is based on biblical values and faith, combining classical liberal arts learning with career preparation, professional studies, and spiritual growth. SCU’s programs, from the humanities to business, education to Christian studies, are rooted in the idea of forming servant leaders to bring Holy Spirit-centered values, morals, and ethics into every career path.
The degree programs at SCU are centered around business, the humanities (creative arts, language arts, history), social science, and Christian studies. Many of SCU’s students are preparing for careers in ministry, making areas like Christian and Biblical Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, and Music Ministry especially popular. A 13:1 student/faculty ratio helps make SCU’s emphasis on spiritual mentorship and growth a possibility, and small classes are essential for helping students develop their sense of community, responsibility, and cooperation for the lives of service and work ahead.
Student LifeJust as SCU’s academic curriculum centers on spirit and faith, so does SCU’s student life. SCU hosts only a handful of organized, student-led clubs, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Vintage Ink Writing Club; campus life is much more oriented toward the university’s robust spiritual life, with worship services, prayer and bible study, music fellowship, and especially community service.
SCU also take physical development and health as seriously as intellectual and spiritual health, and encourages students to take part in intramural sports, games, and competitions, from ping-pong to soccer. Christian sportsmanship is prioritized, and faculty often take part in events. Students also take part in SCU Eagle athletics teams, part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, in sports including basketball, soccer, tennis, and track & field. SCU athletes are scholarship-eligible.