U.S. News ranks OC among region’s best universities

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Christian University ranks as one of the best institutions in the western part of the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2013 edition.

Oklahoma Christian placed 43rd in the west and second among Oklahoma schools in the “Best Regional Universities” category. This is the 14th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian.

Last month, the Princeton Review again recognized Oklahoma Christian on its “Best in the West” list.

The U.S. News rankings for regional universities are based on several key measures of quality, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

“We’re honored to be recognized again by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best colleges in the west,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “This distinction is a great reflection on our entire family, including our faculty, staff, donors, alumni, friends and the high-caliber students who call OC home.”

The western region includes 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

In the U.S. News methodology, “regional universities” provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, and draw students most heavily from surrounding states.

Oklahoma Christian, which has 38 percent of its students from Oklahoma and 22 percent from neighboring Texas, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study. The university also offers an undergraduate Honors Program, and master’s programs in business administration, engineering, ministry and divinity. OC’s MBA program is offered both on-site and online.

Oklahoma Christian is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has discipline-specific accreditations from ABET (computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering programs), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim.