Oklahoma Christian University is a private comprehensive co-educational Christian university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This school formerly known as the Central Christian College occupies a 240-acre campus. It was founded in 1950 by members of the Churches of Christ. It was one of the first few colleges to provide wireless Internet service in the whole campus as well as a personal laptop computer for every full-time student. Long known as Oklahoma Christian College, it presently uses the name Oklahoma Christian University after the restructuring of its academic departments into separate colleges in the 1990’s.
The beliefs of Oklahoma Christian University are defined by six (6) values including faith, scholarship, integrity, stewardship, liberty, and leadership. The university is committed to traditional, biblical principles with special emphasis on the Christian values and behavior as derived from the Bible. Students are accepted regardless of religious affiliation as long as they agree to abide with the ideals of the Oklahoma Christian Covenant
Degree programs offered by Oklahoma Christian University are provided through three (3) schools namely the College of Arts and Science, College of Biblical Studies, and College of Professional Studies. Undergraduate degree programs are offered in several areas of study including Accounting, Art, Bible, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Education, Electrical Engineering, English, Finance, Graphic Design, History, Interior Design, Journalism, Management, Management Marketing, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Ministry, Music, Nursing, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, and Spanish. All bachelor degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum consisting of courses in basic skills, basic perspectives, Bible, and a Senior Philosophy Seminar.
Graduate degrees at Oklahoma Christian University include Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Business Administration, Master of Divinity, and the Master of Arts in Ministry. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools with additional accreditation for specific degree programs. These include accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs for degree programs in Business Administration, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education for Education programs, among others.
Estimated educational costs is $ 12,540.50 per semester inclusive of tuition for 12 to 15 hours, housing, meal plans, general fee, technology fee, and student government association fee. The university provides financial aid to at least 90% of the student population through various scholarships, grants, student and parent loans, and work study. Academic scholarships are reviewed every year for possible modification such as the Presidential Academic Success Scholarship, National Merit Finalist Scholarship, Oklahoma State Regents Scholarship, and the Transfer Scholarship. Discounts are also given to first time students whose parents are house parents at a children’s home, are children of ministers, first-time students of parents who work full-time at a K-12 Christian academy or school, first-time students whose parents are currently working in the foreign mission field under the Church of Christ, and first-time student whose parents work full-time at a sister college or university.
There are more than 2,100 students currently enrolled in the university of which 51% are women and 49% are men. There are at least 30 countries and 45 states represented in the student population. Student/faculty ratio is 15 to 1.
The university actively supports its sports programs in golf, tennis, track-and-field, basketball, soccer, and softball. It fields its athletic teams known as the Eagles in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I. There are more than 50 student organizations in the campus.