How to Apply

Ready to apply? Follow these steps and find your place at OBU.

1. Apply for Admission

Select the appropriate application below. Once your application is submitted, you will need to submit your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores. Within 7 days of receiving your transcripts and test scores, you will be notified of an admissions decision.

Undergraduate Application

International Application

2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents to the Admissions office as soon as possible:

High School Transcript

Freshman applicants are required to submit an official transcript sent from the high school to the OBU Admissions Office. Freshman applicants may be admitted on the basis of an incomplete but official transcript which shows grades through at least six semesters. Upon graduation, the student should request that a final, official transcript be sent to OBU, bearing signature of the school official, graduation date and eight semester grades. In addition, it is preferable for transcripts to include class rank, standardized test scores and the school seal when possible.

College Transcripts (if applicable)

Transfer students must submit an official transcript from each college attended, sent directly from the institution to the OBU Admissions Office. New freshmen who have taken concurrent college work must also submit an official transcript from each institution attended. Transfers will not receive an acceptance decision until all previous college work is submitted. Transcripts issued to the student are not acceptable for admission purposes. Any student who fails to report work taken at another institution is subject to immediate expulsion from OBU.

Test Scores

New freshmen must submit satisfactory scores on either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). OBU's ACT code is 3414, and our SAT code is 6541. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours are also required to submit test scores. This requirement may be waived for students over 25 years of age. Scores recorded on an official high school transcript or those reported directly from the testing agency are acceptable.

3. Fill Out the FAFSA

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to see if you qualify for more financial assistance. Even if you don’t think you will qualify for federal financial aid, completing the FAFSA and sending the results to OBU lets us put together a package just for you. You might be surprised by the results. Be sure to enter OBU's FAFSA code, 003164, so your information will be sent to us and we can send you your net cost.

4. Send In Your Enrollment Guarantee

New students who have been accepted to enroll at OBU can take the next step by completing an Enrollment Guarantee. The Enrollment Guarantee is a $125 payment on your OBU account. Pay your enrollment guarantee today to enjoy these benefits:

  • Reserve your place as a freshman or transfer student starting at OBU.
  • Get the earliest possible enrollment time, which gives you the best chance to have the exact class schedule you want.
  • Get a new "I'm a Bison" t-shirt.

The best part is that you get these benefits without paying a fee. The Enrollment Guarantee is applied to your OBU charges, so it locks in your place, gives you an enrollment advantage, and also a free shirt announcing your college choice.

5. Submit your Housing Application

A long-standing tradition of OBU has been the provision of a residential campus. This position has been affirmed through research, which reveals that if students remain in campus housing they are more likely to complete their college education, develop a strong spiritual formation, participate in campus activities, adjust to various social situations, and establish life-long friendships with students and faculty. For this reason, OBU requires all unmarried students under 21 to reside in University housing.

Get a head start and fill out the housing application now!

6. Fill Out the Health Service Record

The student health record form is required by all students. New freshman and transfer students must have the student health record form completed and must be turned in to the Student Health Services Office to be eligible and permitted to move into campus housing. The front page of the form is to be filled out by the student, the second page is to be filled out by your doctor verifying all required immunizations, current TB skin test, and current physical. Fill out the Student Health Record Form.