Oklahoma Baptist University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Shawnee, Oklahoma
Shawnee, Oklahoma. Brad Holt / Flickr

Oklahoma Baptist University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 60%, OBU is a generally accessible school. Students with strong grades and test scores have a good chance of being admitted. Along with an application, prospective students will need to send in high school transcripts and scores from either the SAT or ACT. Both tests are accepted, with neither one preferred over the other. If you have any questions about admissions, be sure to visit the school's website, or get in touch with a member of the admissions office for assistance.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Oklahoma Baptist University Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Oklahoma Baptist University Description:

Oklahoma Baptist University--also known as OBU--is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Shawnee has a population of around 30,000 and is just east of Oklahoma City. The school opened in 1911, after the State Baptist Convention made plans for a Baptist college in Shawnee. After a few years of holding classes in a church basement and nearby convention hall, the school moved to its own campus. OBU offers a variety of majors (from five different schools within the university) for students to choose from--some of the most popular choices include Education, Nursing, Anthropology, Psychology, and Biblical/Theological Studies.

Students can also earn a Master's degree--either in Business or in Nursing. Undergraduate students, who qualify, can enroll in the school's Honors Program. Through this program, students take Honors courses (in Bible studies, English, and other core areas) throughout their four years. Students also complete two out of three capstone projects--chosen from: study abroad, a senior thesis, and/or a service practicum.

On the athletic front, the OBU Bison compete in the NCAA Division II Great American Conference. Popular sports include track and field, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and tennis.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,073 (1,960 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $25,310
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,010
  • Other Expenses: $4,480
  • Total Cost: $38,100

Oklahoma Baptist University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,168
    • Loans: $6,447

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Elementary Education, Nursing, Biblical Studies, Anthropology, Counseling Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 68%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 27%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 47%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 57%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Swimming, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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