Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is one of just six schools in Oklahoma to be named one of the best colleges in the western United States by The Princeton Review.
The 124 best western colleges are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
The listing places Oklahoma Christian among the top 25 percent of all four-year colleges nationwide.
“We’re honored to earn this distinction from The Princeton Review again this year,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Our students, faculty and staff make Oklahoma Christian one of the best colleges in the country. Rankings and recommendations like this show that OC is a great place to call home.”
Other Oklahoma universities on the list were the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oral Roberts University, and the University of Tulsa.
“We’re pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose these as our ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”
The schools in The Princeton Review’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website section are determined through institutional data, campus visits, college counselor recommendations, and independent student surveys.
In their responses, students praised Oklahoma Christian for being a college home with a strong focus on God, a family atmosphere, accessible professors, and an attractive location in metropolitan Oklahoma City and adjacent to suburban Edmond.
The Princeton Review’s full list is available at www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.
Earlier this year, The Princeton Review honored OC as one of the top 30 undergraduate schools in the U.S. and Canada to study video game design. Oklahoma Christian was the state’s only university and one of just two undergraduate schools in the southwestern United States to be honored.
Oklahoma Christian also is recognized as a “Best University – Master’s” in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”
Oklahoma Christian University offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, ministry, and divinity.
The last eight years have featured OC’s eight highest total enrollments ever, including a record 2,271 students in 2012-13.
Oklahoma Christian is the only university in Oklahoma and the only school in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to hold the cost of attendance, which includes tuition and room and board, steady for two straight years.