4-year, Regionally accredited
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's
Situated on 200 acres in Shawnee, Oklahoma (35 east of Oklahoma City, where OBU’s graduate 54. 96% of whom are 24 or younger, attend fulltime, and one-third of whom are from out of state. OBU’s faculty are, according to the university’s website, all “practicing Christians,” which gives prospective students some insight into one of the missions of OBU, the other being a practical education with which to go out into the world and be a success.
Our first look at OBU as a nominee for our 2017 Best Value School Award gave us pause when we saw the sticker price for fulltime new students: The U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website indicates a 2015-16 cost to attend in the $38,000 range; too high for the Best Value category. Further research indicated the university’s own site showed a 2017 sticker of $32,000 which was stretching a bit. But then we saw that 100% of Oklahoma Baptist’s students receive financial aid, including institutional grants and scholarships, when taken together bring the actual net cost to attend to about $17,000 which is well within our Best Value guidelines.
When we were satisfied that OBU met our cost criteria we moved on to examine their academic programs and, lastly, whether their students and alumni had positive comments about the university. The percentage of positive student comments we researched were in the upper tier of the hundred-plus colleges and universities we researched for our 2017 Awards. Academics were another positive, with 88 areas of study available, including bachelor and master degree programs in business and the health professions. Popular bachelor’s programs are offered in biology, education, exercise science, family/community service, and psychology, among others. The price is right, the atmosphere is Christian, the undergraduate courses are taught in a traditional classroom environment, and the campus community is comfortable and friendly.
"OBU is an outstanding liberal arts university. The professors are highly invested in each and every student, and their personalized attention guarantees success for students who put forth the effort. Students will be challenged academically and spiritually by the conversations both in and outside the classroom."