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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1904
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 2501 N Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73106
    • Phone:
    • +14052085000
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Oklahoma City University

As a top liberal arts & sciences university, Oklahoma City University has been leading students to their creative edge for more than a century. They are a diverse community of academic achievers, big thinkers, independent spirits, and dedicated artists. At OKCU, students from across the globe follow their passions and excel in the sciences, religion, business, nursing, and the performing arts. Discover why Oklahoma City University is such a great place to learn, live, and call home. Oklahoma City University is a coeducational, urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Uptown district. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts, fine arts, sciences and business.

Academic Highlights

The university offers undergraduate bachelor's degrees, graduate master's degrees and doctoral degrees, organized into eight colleges and schools and one Methodist seminary. Students can major in more than 70 undergraduate majors, 20 graduate degrees, including a JD, MBA and PhD in Nursing, and an Adult Studies Program for working adults to earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.

Life in Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City (OCU) teams are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, track & field, volleyball and wrestling. Opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment on the (OCU) campus include concerts, play performances, operas, films, sporting events, and seminars by world-renowned speakers and business leaders.

School Ranking

Oklahoma City University's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #240


Half the applicants admitted to Oklahoma City University have an SAT score between 1090 and 1280 or an ACT score of 23 and 29. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges.

Notable Alumni

  • Eric Manuel College Basketball Player, 2-Time NAIA National Champion (1990–91 and 1991–92)
  • Sarah Coburn '94 – Operatic soprano for the Metropolitan Opera of New York City
  • Kristin Chenoweth '90 – Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning actress, known for her roles in Wicked, The Pink Panther (2006 film) and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • Stephen Dickson '73 – Operatic baritone for Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera and other opera companies
  • Chris Harrison '93 BA Mass Comm – TV personality, host of The Bachelor
  • Rana Husseini '90 BA, '93 MLA Award-winning journalist and human rights activist

Acceptance rate

Oklahoma City University is selective with an acceptance rate of 76%

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