Quick Facts

Students socialize on a walk in-between classes.


Shawnee, Oklahoma -- 35 miles east of Oklahoma City, 90 miles from Tulsa, and 200 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth -- map


1910 by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma


200 acres, 34 major buildings

Areas of Study

Ten bachelor's degrees in 86 areas of study.

Four master's degrees, business administration, nursing, Christian studies and marriage and family therapy offered at OBU School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 3800 May Ave., Oklahoma City.


Dr. David Wesley Whitlock, a native Oklahoman, is OBU’s 15th president.


1,986 from 42 states and 30 other countries (Fall 2014)


117 faculty members. All are active Christians.

Student to Faculty Ratio


2015-16 Tuition, Room, Board and Fees (Fall and Spring semesters combined, full-time student)




Financial Aid

More than 97 percent of OBU students receive some type of aid.


OBU is governed by a 31 member Board of Trustees comprised of ministers, business leaders and members of the various Baptist churches throughout Oklahoma. Each trustee serves a three (3) year term on the Board of Trustees.


OBU is accredited by:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
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    Chicago, IL 60604
  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Commission on Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education

OBU Memberships

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Association of College Administration Professionals
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts
  • Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Consortium for Global Education
  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities
  • International Reading Association
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
  • Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Society for Research in Child Development

International Studies

Brazil, China, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Russia

Ministry Programs

OBU’s Campus Ministry permeates the campus through discipleship, worship and ministry activities. In addition, students can serve in missions through the University’s Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach.

OBU is the world's leading college in the number of alumni serving as missionaries with Southern Baptist' International Mission Board.

National Recognition

OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 23 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 21 consecutive years.

For the eleventh consecutive year, OBU has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review. OBU was one of 121 institutions recommended in the “Best in the West” section on the educational research firm’s website.

OBU consistently is ranked in the Forbes.com listing of "America’s Best Colleges."

Annual Operating Budget

$69.6 million. (2014-15)

University Endowment

More than $98 million. (September 2013)


OBU’s Bison and Lady Bison student athletes compete in 21 varsity sports, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, swimming/diving, tennis, men’s baseball, and women’s softball, women's lacrosse and volleyball. Football returned to campus in fall 2013 for the first game since 1940. For more information about athletics at OBU, visit www.obubison.com.

OBU has a total of twelve NAIA National Championships: men’s basketball, two, 1966 and 2010; men’s outdoor track and field, two, 1990 and 2007; men's indoor track and field, one, 2013; women’s indoor track and field, six, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015; men's swimming and diving, four, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; women's swimming and diving, three, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

OBU is currently in year two of the NCAA candidacy process, and will compete within the NCAA and the Great American Conference throughout the 2015-16 season. During the process, OBU will not eligible for postseason competition.


Approximately 800 students participate in 15 intramural sports.


"Shaz" the Bison


OBU has more than 31,000 alumni and former students, who reside in all 50 states and more than 50 other countries.

Library Services

The Mabee Learning Center's collections of more than 212,000 bound volumes, 310,000 microform holdings, and more than 11,000 items of music scores, recordings, and other media, are accessed by more than 185,000 visits each year. The Media Center provides access to technologies necessary for listening to the multiple formats in the library collection, as well as iPads, projectors, and online streaming.


Email: info@okbu.edu
OBU Switchboard Phone Number: 405-275-2850
News/Information Phone Number: 405-585-5401

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