OC among top colleges for future service members

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The College Database has recognized Oklahoma Christian University as a top college in Oklahoma for students interested in military service.

Oklahoma Christian ranks in the top five schools for future service members in the state of Oklahoma. Each college or university on the list offers at least two ROTC programs to active students, as well as in-state tuition below $20,000 per year.

For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price.

OC’s undergraduate tuition is $18,800 per year, with charges for the typical student (including room and board) totaling $24,975. That price is far below the national private-school average of $38,589, and is further reduced by financial aid that makes OC’s nationally-recognized education competitive with many state-supported institutions.

“With the cost of college a concern for many families, it’s important for students to find an affordable post-secondary option with demonstrated academic excellence,” said Matt Davis, managing director of communication and partnerships for The College Database. “It’s equally important that students interested in service have the opportunity to explore military programs while working toward a degree. Oklahoma Christian is a fantastic education option for future service members.”

The College Database is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about educational options both nationally and locally to students, parents, and other interested parties.

“Everyone talks about service members using their GI Bill to go back to school, but rarely do people discuss current students using college to join the service,” said Wes Ricketts, vice president and general manager of The College Database. “Colleges with ROTC programs give students a great opportunity, not only to explore military service, but to gain valuable leadership skills coveted by employers.”

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.