Oklahoma Baptist University

OBU Again Named Oklahoma's Top Comprehensive College

U.S. News Ranks University Second in West for Fifth Straight Year

It’s now an even dozen. For the 12th straight year, U.S. News & World Report has listed Oklahoma Baptist University as the top comprehensive college in Oklahoma in the news magazine’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges.”

In the 2006 rankings, released August 19, OBU is listed second among “Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s” for the western region. The University has been listed #2 in the West for five consecutive years. During that span, Linfield College, a private institution in McMinnville, Ore., has been rated first in the 16-state region.

"We are delighted to again be ranked as one of the top colleges in our region. Such recognition is a by-product of OBU's efforts to equip future leaders in a challenging academic community," said OBU President Mark Brister.

"OBU's mission is to be a Christian liberal arts college which transforms lives by equipping students to pursue academic excellence and integrate faith with learning," said Brister. "We want our students to be prepared to engage a diverse world. To be rated as one of the best colleges in our region is a welcome affirmation for our outstanding faculty and staff."

The 2006 rankings will appear in the August 29 edition of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands on Monday, August 22 – the same day that the magazine’s newsstand guide becomes available.

OBU has been listed among the magazine’s top 10 colleges in the West for 14 years in a row, and for 16 of the past 17 years.

The only other Oklahoma institution listed in the Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s category Top 10 was Oklahoma Christian University, ranked seventh. Oklahoma Wesleyan University was ranked 13th.

The U.S. News rankings are based on approximately a dozen different factors. Among those, OBU tied for second in the region in “peer assessment” of the institution’s overall quality, fourth in average graduation rate, and third in the percentage of incoming freshmen who place in the top 25 percent of their high school class.

The magazine describes Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's as institutions which "focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs — in the liberal arts, which account for fewer than half of their bachelor’s degrees; and in professional fields such as business,
nursing, and education." The magazine rates 324 comprehensive colleges, ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.

OBU consists of five academic schools - the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, the Paul Dickinson School of Business and the School of Nursing. OBU offers 70 academic majors, with 10 degree programs. The University has a 15-to-1 student/faculty ratio.