OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2016” guidebook ranks Oklahoma Christian University (OC) among the best universities in the western United States.
OC is 42nd in the 15-state western region and second among Oklahoma schools in the “Best Regional Universities” category, which lists institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.
Tuesday’s rankings release marked the 17th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian. Last month, The Princeton Review also recognized Oklahoma Christian on its “Best in the West” list.
“Rankings like these never get old because they validate the hard work and talent of our students, faculty and staff,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “I also never tire of hearing from leaders here in Oklahoma City and beyond, who constantly brag on the big impact OC students and graduates make in their organizations. These measures and more show that an Oklahoma Christian degree continues to carry enormous value.”
The U.S. News Best Colleges rankings assess seven broad categories: undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rates. The full rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.
Oklahoma Christian made notable gains from last year in freshman retention, alumni giving and faculty resources, with OC’s student-faculty ratio shrinking to 14/1 even as enrollment grew to a record 2,479 students.
In addition to being among the state’s leaders with 40 National Merit Finalists enrolled, Oklahoma Christian earned recognition on the U.S. News list of “A+ Schools for B Students,” which identifies great colleges where scholars with high school GPAs in the B range can be accepted and thrive.
OC’s academic reputation is further seen in placement rates at or near 100 percent for accounting, communication design, history, interior design, language and literature, nursing, and political science graduates seeking jobs or acceptance into graduate school and law school.
OC biology graduates have a 90 percent acceptance rate to medical and graduate schools, and almost 100 percent of OC Honors Program graduates have been accepted to graduate school the past six years.
OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has earned national top chapter honors for 20 straight years. Last year, The Princeton Review and PC Gamer ranked OC’s game design program as the No. 14 undergraduate program in the nation.
Oklahoma Christian also is one of just two members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with three undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.