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History & Traditions

Founded in 1950, Oklahoma Christian University was once named Central Christian College and located in Bartlesville, OK. Only 97 students were enrolled in the junior college. Since then, we’ve grown to over 2,000 students and are an internationally recognized university in Oklahoma City.

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Hail to Okla­homa Chris­t­ian, hail thy pur­pose full and free. Life and truth for Alma Mater, may thy glo­ries ever be.


First Chapel

On the first day of class each fall semester, the OC campus family comes together in The Nest for First Chapel. Faculty enters dressed in full academic regalia illustrating the gravity of academic responsibility. The university president inspires all of campus to the highest levels of accomplishment and encourages students in the new year.

Alma Mater

During Monday chapel in Baugh Auditorium, students and employees sing the Alma Mater together, celebrating the university where they work and learn. "Hail to Oklahoma Christian," written by Dr. Harold Fletcher, a founding leader and professor, is a song imprinted on the hearts of thousands of OC alumni.

Spring Sing

Spring Sing highlights OC’s annual Spring Visit weekend, which brings hundreds of students and alumni from around the globe to campus. One of OC's biggest events, Spring Sing is a student-run production with themed musical performances. Hosts and hostesses also perform backed by a live band.


OC family is welcomed home for homecoming. Alumni and students reunite for food, a parade, a musical and basketball games! Reunion groups gather across campus, academic departments celebrate alumni achievements and the university honors alumni at a formal banquet. Join the fun the 1st weekend in November.


Spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion is our mis­sion and our calling

From founding until today, OC has maintained strong ties with the Churches of Christ

with a mission as a higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, leadership and service.

We are a Christian community seeking to be guided by the teachings of Jesus. We welcome students of all faith backgrounds and traditions. All students, faculty and staff agree to abide by our covenant when joining the university.

Read our covenant


Preparing you for the future we haven’t even discovered yet.

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