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Study at Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University, also known as OBU, is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. It is a liberal arts Christian university owned by the Oklahoma's Baptist General Convention. OBU was officially incorporated in 1910, but classes didn't began till 1911. The campus is spread across an area of 200 acres. Oklahoma Baptist University offers degrees through the following five main academic divisions:

The athletics teams of Oklahoma Baptist University are known as the Bisons. The teams participate in sports including basketball, tennis, soccer, and golf. Apart from this, the university houses several student organizations like the Community Activities Board, and Volunteer Action Committee.

Profile of Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University is found in Shawnee, OK. Shawnee is a town not particularly near any major cities. Applicants to the school are attracted by its Baptist identity. Oklahoma Baptist University is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Master's degree at the school.

Course Topics

Oklahoma Baptist University has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in music.

Oklahoma Baptist University Selectivity

Admission to Oklahoma Baptist University is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 440. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 450 and 560. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Oklahoma Baptist University has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 1, 618 in 2007 at the school.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Oklahoma Baptist University. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Oklahoma Baptist University values student athletics, and belongs to the Sooner Athletic Conference. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Oklahoma Baptist University is an institution founded on Christian principles and teachings whose primary purpose is 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 Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Religion and Philosophy58bible studies, theology and religious vocations, religion, philosophy, missionary studies, religious music, religious education, philosophy and religious studies, . . .
Education and Teaching55elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, physical education teaching, art education, science teaching, foreign language teaching, business teaching, special ed, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine46registered nursing
Business and Management39business management, accounting, sales and marketing, finance, international business, MIS, business and related services, managerial economics
Therapy and Counselling27psychology courses, physical therapy, psychology
Liberal Arts23English, history, anthropology, political science, interdisciplinary studies, Spanish language, sociology, French language, . . .
Science16biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy14parks and recreation management, exercise science
Media12public relations, communication and journalism, journalism
Music7music, music theory and composition, music performance
Art Studies6art studies
Family and Social Work5family and consumer science, social work, social service professions
Law3international trade law
Computer Science and Engineering3information science, computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts2drama, various performing arts
Fine Arts0fine arts studies

Contact: Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University

500 W University

Shawnee, OK 74804

General Phone: (405) 275-2850


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