University Profile

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Oklahoma Christian University is a higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.


OC is Home. OC Grows. OC is Mission.

Location & Campus

OC’s 200 plus-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City, the state capital of Oklahoma. The university borders the city of Edmond. Students enjoy the academic, cultural and recreational benefits of a big city in a safe and comfortable suburban atmosphere.

University History

What began in 1950 as Central Christian College (with an enrollment of 97) has grown into a comprehensive Christian university serving almost 2,600 students. Affiliated with the churches of Christ, Oklahoma Christian welcomes all students who respect the university's commitment to academic and spiritual excellence and who respect the academic and spiritual pursuits of their fellow students.

Mascot & Colors

Oklahoma Christian University’s “Eagles” mascot originated in 1952-53, two years after the founding of the school as a junior college. Isaiah 40:31 has served as a theme verse through the years: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” OC’s official colors of maroon and silver gray also were selected by vote of the student body.

National Recognition

  • Named a “Best University-Master’s” in the western region in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”
  • Designated by The Princeton Review as a Best Western College.
  • Gaming and animation program selected as one of the top 30 undergraduate programs by The Princeton Review and PC Gamer.
  • Computer, electrical and mechanical engineering undergraduate degree programs accredited by The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, (One of just five members of 111-school Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with ABET accreditation for three programs).
  • National History Honor Society chapter named a “Best Chapter” among all U.S. universities with 3,000 or fewer students for 21 straight years.

Other Academic Points of Pride

  • 100% graduate and law school placement rate for OC language and literature graduates who applied in the last two years.
  • 100% of OC history and political science graduates who applied to history or political science graduate programs or to law school have been accepted who applied in the past seven years. 
  • 100% graduate school acceptance rate for OC Honors Program graduates who applied in the last four years.
  • 100% job placement rate for OC interior design graduates.
  • 95% job placement rate for OC public relations graduates.
  • 90% medical and graduate school placement rates for OC biology graduates who applied in the past seven years.


  • Oklahoma Christian University: Higher Learning Commission, / 800.621.7440
  • College of Business Administration: Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science: Computer, electrical and mechanical engineering undergraduate degree programs are accredited by The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
  • School of Education: National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • School of Nursing: The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Department of Music: National Association of Schools of Music
  • Interior Design Program: Council for Interior Design Accreditation


  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Christian Higher Education Foundation
  • Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities


  • 92 full-time faculty.
  • 100 percent Christian.
  • 14-to-1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio.
  • 84 percent of classes contain fewer than 30 students.

Undergraduate Areas of Study

14 academic departments operate in one of five colleges (academic divisions): the College of Biblical Studies; the College of Business Administration; the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. Students choose from more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study.

Graduate Areas of Study

Graduate degrees include the Master of Accountancy, the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Science in Computer Science, the Master of Science in Engineering, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, the Master of Divinity, and the Master of Theological Studies.

Library Resources

The Tom & Ada Beam Library contains more than 150,000 volumes and media, over 65,000 electronic books, and access to more than 40,000 periodicals in electronic or print format. The Beam Library is also actively engaged in retaining and preserving materials for the Restoration History special collection to preserve the legacy of the Stone-Campbell Movement and the history of the Churches of Christ. 


  • Apple Distinguished Program recognition.
  • Wireless Internet access throughout campus.
  • Information Technology's Help Desk provides more than 60 hours per week of staffed office hours plus 24/7 online support. IT responds to support requests with same-day resolution in most cases.

Student Demographics & Enrollment (Fall 2018)

  • Total Students Enrolled: 2,259
    • Undergraduate: 1,911
    • Graduate: 348
    • 52% men, 48% women
    • Countries represented: 42
    • States represented: 44
  • Undergraduate students from:
    • Oklahoma: 48%
    • Texas: 27%
    • Colorado: 3%
    • Kansas: 3%
    • Missouri: 2%
    • California: 2%
    • Washington: 2%
    • Arkansas: 2%
    • Other states and countries: 13%
  • Undergraduate ethnic minorities: 27%

Graduation and Retention Rates

Year 1st Year Retention Year 6-Year Graduation
2012 76.5 2007 46.6
2013 76.1 2008 46.7
2014 81.5 2009 49.5
2015 78.5 2010 48
2016 79.3 2011 52.1
2017 75.2 2012 54.3

Student Life

  • 60 student organizations.
  • Almost 1,000 students compete in 16 intramural sports.
  • More than 80 percent of students live on campus.
  • $34 million housing project completed in last decade. Almost 1,800 living spaces available on campus in 12 residence halls and nine apartment complexes; more than 850 new or renovated spaces available.

Study Abroad Opportunities

  • 20 study abroad and off-campus learning options, including the following institutional programs:
    • European Studies Fall, Spring and Summer Programs (home base in OC’s Das Millicanhaus in Vienna, Austria)
    • Asian Studies Summer Program
    • HonduraServe Healthcare Missions Program in Honduras
    • Ibaraki (Japan) Long-Term Exchange
    • Korea Long-Term Exchange
    • Ten options available via the Councial for Christian Colleges and Universities BestSemester program (
    • About 80 students participate in study abroad programs each year.
    • About 20 percent of graduating seniors have participated in a study abroad program.

Service & Missions

  • More than 1,100 undergraduate students (60 percent) involved in service and ministry opportunities.
  • More than 40 student service and ministry opportunities.
  • About 500 students, faculty, and staff members participate in mission opportunities each year. Some countries served include Australia, Austria, China, Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Rwanda, Switzerland, and the United States.

Athletics & Scholar-Athletes

  • OC is a member of NCAA Division II and the NCAA’s Heartland Conference.
  • More than 250 students participate in 12 sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and track and field.
  • OC has won 56 national championships, with 29 of them coming in the last six years.
  • Placed in the top 10 in the national all-sports standings for six straight years.
  • 3.2 cumulative GPA for the entire athletic department in 2014-15. Softball team won the conference academic title with a 3.49. 

Financial Aid

  • 95 percent of undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.

Scholarships & Grants

  • Institutional: $17,718,726
  • Federal: $2,459,420
  • State: $769,030
  • Other external awards: $2,118,346


  • Student Loans: $8,636,757
  • Parent Loans: $2,996,212
  • Work Study: $1,013,608

Costs (per year, 2017-18)

  • Undergraduate tuition: $21,600
  • Room and board: $7,590
  • For a complete list of costs (including graduate tuition) please see
  • Click here for more information on OC's commitment to affordability


Oklahoma Christian University
2501 E. Memorial Road
Edmond, OK 73013-5525

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