Oklahoma Baptist University is a private liberal arts college founded in 1910 in the city of Shawnee, in central Oklahoma. The modern university exists today on a 210 acre campus in one of Shawnee’s urban areas. OBU still maintains close links with the Baptist Church, and as such the university draws heavily from its traditional Christian principles.
In terms of academia, the university’s programmes of study are organised into seven separate colleges. These colleges are devoted to Fine Arts, Business, Nursing, Theology and Ministry, Humanities and Social Studies, Science and Mathematics, and Graduate and Professional Studies. In total, the university offers over 70 different programmes of study at both graduate and undergraduate level. This includes a number of more unique theological courses such as degrees in Christian Ministry and Religion.
The university requires that all single students under the age of 21 must reside on campus, as many similar colleges do. As the result, OBU offers an extensive range of different accommodation options for its students, in both residence halls and apartment complexes. As well as this, the university also offers a number of different prepaid meal plans for students, with cafes, grills and coffee shops available on campus.
Recreational activities also exist on campus, with the university and its students maintaining a number of different student organisations and clubs. As well as this, in common with similar institutions, OBU also has a fully-fledged competitive athletics programme, the university’s team being known as the Bisons.
OBU has produced a number of famous alumni, including William R. Pogue, NASA astronaut, and US senator Huey Long.