Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University


As a Christian liberal arts university, Oklahoma Baptist University’s mission is to transform lives by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ. Toward that goal, the university offers ten bachelor’s degrees in 88 areas of study. Driven by Christian values, OBU intends to provide the knowledge, skills, and preparation to prepare students for whichever career path they are called to, while maintaining their dedication to truly make a difference. OBU also embraces a diverse environment for their students, with 2,073 coming to OBU from 40 states and 35 other countries in the fall of 2016.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant (OTEG) and Allen Scholarships

OBU offers a variety of scholarships to students who live in-state. For Oklahoma residents with family incomes of $50,000 or less, OBU offers the $2,000 OTEG scholarship. Learn more about Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant (OTEG) and Allen Scholarships

Scholarship & Financial Aid Bison Grants and OBU Endowed Scholarships

For students whose need is not met by federal student aid, scholarships, grants, or loans, OBU offers the OBU Bison Grants and OBU Endowed Scholarships. Amounts of these scholarships vary based on students’ demonstrated need and financial aid packages. Students from Western Oklahoma with unmet demonstrated need qualify for the Allen Scholarship, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Learn more about Bison Grants and OBU Endowed Scholarships

Scholars & Leadership Honors Program

The Honors Program is meant to enhance your studies, to give you more chances to ask questions, more time to pursue special issues, and more ways to learn and use what you know. As a member of the Honors Program, you will be a part of a special community of learners – capable and inquisitive students and faculty – dedicated to taking education outside of its conventional settings and into a broader world of experience. Learn more about Honors Program

Academic Courses & Service Learning Intensive English Program

OBU offers the Intensive English Program for students who would like to improve their English language proficiency in a variety of contexts. With a focus on English comprehension through practice in reading, writing, conversation and listening, the program enables students to succeed at English-speaking colleges, universities, or professional environments and meet the English qualifications required for admission to OBU. Students must be at least 16 years of age, have completed secondary school and qualify as non-native speakers of English in order to apply. Learn more about Intensive English Program

Academic Courses & Service Learning Learning Communities

OBU provides more than 200 freshmen with the opportunity to join LCs, groups created to enhance students’ learning experience, help them transition from high school to college, and establish a support group of peers, faculty, and staff. Each community is made up of 15-20 students taking 3-4 of the same courses, which gives students a chance to bond over similar interests and passions. Learn more about Learning Communities

Student Diversity

  • 1,936
  • 40/60
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • 5%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 2%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 67%
  • 10%
    Two or more races
  • 4%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 74%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 52%
    Six-year graduation
  • 60%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 95%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 64%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 126
    Full-time faculty
  • 11
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 15:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Education, Nursing, Business, Ministry, Pre-Med

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    International Student Organization Alpha Mu Gamma- Foreign Language Council of First Nations Students International Justice Mission International Student Union


Cost of Attendance

  • $23,940
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $2,900
    Required Fees
  • $7,150
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $23,029,353
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $22,070
    Average aid package
  • $24,451
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 39%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 72%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 85%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 28%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 4,845
    # of applicants
  • 60%
  • 3.66
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • 489—661
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 571—559
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 08/01
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date