Washington Monthly named OBU one of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges of 2014. OBU was ranked 28 on the list of 346 schools and has appeared on the list in the past.
Washington Monthly gives high marks to institutions that contribute to society, enroll low income students, help them graduate and don't charge a fortune to attend. The publication differs from other college ranking guides by focusing on what colleges and their alumni do for the country as a whole.
OBU consistently earns high rankings in national college rankings. The university has been rated one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 22 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma's highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 20 consecutive years. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma, and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 10 consecutive years.