Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is an evangelical Christian university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It was founded by the Wesleyan Church and is a product of various mergers. It traces its earliest educational roots to the Miltonvale Wesleyan College founded in 1909. The Colorado Springs Bible College founded in 1910, the Pilgrim Bible College founded in 1917, and the Holiness Evangelistic Institute founded in 1932 merged to form the Central Pilgrim College established in 1959 at Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It assumed the name Bartlesville Wesleyan College in 1968 when the Pilgrim Holiness Church and the Wesleyan Methodist Church merged. In 1972, Bartlesville Wesleyan College again merged with the Miltonvale Wesleyan College but retained its name. It assumed its present name in 2001 when it obtained university status.
Having a motto “A University where Jesus is Lord” sums up what kind of education Oklahoma Wesleyan University offers. There are four basic beliefs that form the university’s pillars. This include the primacy of Jesus Christ, the priority of the scripture as the authoritative written word of God, the practice of wisdom as exemplified by Jesus Christ and based on the Bible, and the pursuit of truth to promote healing of a broken world. The university seeks to transform the concept of integrating faith, learning, and living into action.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Various academic degree programs are offered by the different departments of the university. The School of Arts and Sciences offer programs in Communication Arts, English, English Education, Music, Church Music, Biology, Biochemistry, General Science, Mathematics, Science Education, Math Education, Psychology, Social Studies/History, History/Political Science, and Social Studies Education. The School of Business offer programs in Business Administration, Business Management and Leadership, Marketing, and Financial Economics. Offered by the School of Education are programs in Business Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Science Education, and Social Studies Education. The School of Religion and Philosophy offers programs in Biblical and Theological Studies, Pastoral Ministry/Worship Arts, Global Studies, Pastoral Ministry/Biblical and Theological Studies, Pastoral Ministry/Youth Ministry, and Sports Ministry. The School of Nursing offers traditional programs in Nursing as well as RN to BSN Program which is provided by OKWU through its STEP Program.
The STEP Program provides another option to prepare students with no or limited college credits. Also offered through this program is the Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood; Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Ministry and Leadership, Organizational Management and Ethics, and Psychology Studies; as well as the Master’s Degree in Business Administration, or Nursing Management. Oklahoma Wesleyan University has additional accreditations that are program specific such as the accreditation provided by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for its Education Programs and from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing in Education for its Nursing Programs. Business Programs are accredited by International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
Tuition for a full-time undergraduate at Oklahoma Wesleyan University is $19,200.00. On-campus room and board costs about $6,546.00 while books and supplies cost $900.00 per semester. Ninety-percent of students receive some form of financial aid through federal grants, institutional aid, and student loans.
There are approximately 900 students currently enrolled in Oklahoma Wesleyan University, including 420 in its main campus and 480 at OKWU extension campuses found around Oklahoma. Forty-nine percent are male while 51% are female. The university also accepts online students.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University actively provides development of students in the aspect of sports and fields its teams known as the Eagles in different intercollegiate sport events including basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field/cross-country, volleyball, and golf.