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Oklahoma Baptist University: Narrative Description


500 West University
Shawnee, OK 74804
Tel: (405)275-2850; 800-654-3285; Admissions: (405)878-2033; Fax: (405)878-2046; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent Southern Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1910. Setting: 125-acre small town campus with easy access to Oklahoma City. Endowment: $68.2 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $5097 per student. Total enrollment: 1,883. Faculty: 119. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,098 applied, 85% were admitted. 45% from top 10% of their high school class, 73% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars, 42 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,511 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 355 students, 34% women, 66% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 17 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 17% 25 or older, 72% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 74% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; health professions and related sciences; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at St. Gregory's University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 9/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $15,220 includes full-time tuition ($10,800), mandatory fees ($780), and college room and board ($3640). College room only: $1690. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $340 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Activities Board, Student Ambassadors, Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, University Concert Series. Major annual events: Stampede of Stars, Spring Affair, Welcome Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Mabee Learning Center with 230,000 books, 315,000 micro-form titles, 1,800 serials, 1,600 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $825,183. 170 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: On the North Canadian River, Shawnee is in a rich agricultural and oil-producing area. The altitude of the city is 1,080 feet above sea level and the average temperature is 62.3 degrees. It is located near the geographical center of the state approximately 40 miles by interstate highway from Oklahoma City. The area is accessible via bus lines and a municipal airport. There are churches of most denominations and a YMCA in town. Local recreational facilities provide for golf, fishing, tennis, boating, hunting, bowling, and roller skating as well as picnic grounds, three swimming pools, parks, theatres, museums, and one drive-in. Events include horse shows and rodeo. There are various civic, fraternal and veterans' organizations here.

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