OC gets high marks from U.S. News, Princeton Review

The U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2016” guidebook ranks Oklahoma Christian University among the best universities in the western United States.

And OC remains one of the best colleges in Oklahoma and the western United States according to The Princeton Review.

In U.S. News, 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.

It marks the 17th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian. The rankings assess seven broad categories: undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rates.

The Princeton Review listed OC as one of just 125 schools recognized in the 15-state western region, which also includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Schools recognized in The Princeton Review’s “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” are determined through institutional data, campus visits, college counselor recommendations, and independent student surveys.

Students praised OC’s “kind, accessible, amazing professors,” diverse student community, an Oklahoma City metro location that provides easy access to big-city entertainment and job opportunities, and the student body’s unifying “faith in God and the belief that his son died on the cross for our sins.”

In addition to this distinction of academic excellence, OC ranks as Oklahoma’s most affordable private university on The Princeton Review list.

“I am blessed to see the impact OC students, faculty, staff and alumni make on a daily basis,” President John deSteiguer said. “From the energy sector to seats of government, from hospitals to our public schools, from Tinker Air Force Base to business, creative, science, tech and ministry pursuits of all kinds, OC graduates have a rare mix of smarts and heart that employers and communities covet.”

Summer 2016

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