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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


Gold Campus: 226 acres, 46 buildings and facilities
Green Campus: 73.25 acres, 7 buildings

Areas of Study

Ten bachelor's degrees in 88 areas of study.

Five master’s degrees are offered through the OBU College of Graduate and Professional Studies: Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Christian Studies, Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.


Dr. Heath Thomas is OBU’s president.


1,868 from 35 states and 34 other countries


113 faculty members. All are active Christians.

Student to Faculty Ratio


2019-20 Tuition, Room, Board and Fees (Fall and Spring semesters combined, full-time student)



Financial Aid

99 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.

Accreditation and OBU Memberships

View OBU's accreditation information and memberships.

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 28 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years.

For the 15th 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 is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest.

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

University Endowment

$140.2 million (May 2019).


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.

OBU has a total of 33 National Championships: one for softball, one for men's tennis, one for women's tennis, two for baseball, two for men’s basketball, three for women's swimming and diving, four for men's swimming and diving, seven for men’s track and field, 12 for women’s track and field.

OBU was approved for NCAA Division II in 2017.

For more information about athletics at OBU, visit


Approximately 800 students participate in over 30 intramural sports.


"Shaz" the Bison.


OBU has nearly 30,000 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.

Blue Zones Project

OBU was the first university in the state of Oklahoma and the first top 20 employer in Pottawatomie County to be named as an approved Blue Zones worksite.
Learn more about the Blue Zones Project.
Logo for Blue Zones Project


OBU Switchboard Phone Number: 405-585-4000
News/Information Phone Number: 405-585-5401