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The viewbook is a small pamphlet with information about our university's many programs and exciting campus atmosphere.



FrOm The PresidenT

Our JOurNEY bEgaN iN 1906 when the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma appointed an education commission to establish a Baptist university. Those pioneers envisioned a university grounded in the liberal arts preparing students to integrate their Christian faith and disciplines as educators, doctors, lawyers, artists, musicians, missionaries, pastors, entrepreneurs, writers, poets, actors and economists. You might be wondering how your journey aligns with ours. We want to help you become the person God intends. We will prepare you to think critically about worldviews, values and truth by equipping you to do the following: Pursue academic excellence Integrate faith with all areas of knowledge Engage a diverse world Live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ Our master plan, OBU 2020, calls for the implementation of several strategic initiatives which will lead us to become a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence. These initiatives are focused on helping students, like yourself, become what God intends. Let us join you in your journey at Obu.

David W. WhitlockPresident, Oklahoma Baptist University

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WhErE dO YOU sEE YOUrsELF IN 10 YEars?

WE kNOW. iTS a DifficuLT quESTiON mainly because its about the future. But imagine there are no obstacles to your dream life or dream job. The usual deal-breakers (time, money, relationships) dont apply. Now ask yourself again, If I could do anything in the world, what would it be? For more than 100 years, OBU has been helping individuals just like you answer that question. Last year, almost 1,800 students from more than 40 states and 20 countries chose OBU as the place to start their journey. They were drawn to OBU because of strong academics, spiritual passion, vibrant campus life and integration of faith and learning.



Our core curriculum and exceptional faculty will help you develop strong communication skills, global awareness and the ability to think critically and creatively from a Christian perspective. Choosing a college is not just about choosing a future career path. It is an exhilarating and challenging journey of personal growth and preparation that begins right now. so whether you dream of being a hero, an artist, a healer, a thinker, a servant, a life changer, a community leader or just your personal best your journey starts here.

Who are YoU?You can choose from 10 bachelors degrees and 85 different majors. Most tracks are flexible and can be tailored to your strengths and interests. afTEr aLL, iT iS YOur JOurNEY.

PROFESSOR aRtiSt muSician ExPlORER hEalER lEadER cOmmunicatOR


CaMPUs LIFEYOur cOLLEgE JOurNEY iS NOT a SOLO Trip. Everyone needs support, encouragement, and motivation. Engaging in a community like OBU provides you with opportunities to foster and build relationships, develop your leadership abilities, and create lifelong friendships through shared experiences.

residential LifeOBU is a residential campus where you will experience living and learning among your peers. This creates a meaningful learning experience that does not end when class is over. You will find study partners, social activities, and genuine friendships in your residence hall. Living life together is community at its best.

campus OrganizationsWe want you to make a difference. We want you to be a leader. OBU is intentional about helping you sharpen your God-given skills and abilities. Explore the 60-plus campus organizations and find the avenue to reach your full potential.

intramuralsIntramurals is a great way to be active and involved! There is a balance of fun and competition and plenty of memories to be made. There are a variety of sports from which to choose, including flag football and ultimate Frisbee and lesser known sports like futsal and quidditch yes, we have quidditch. You might even spot one of your professors among the competition.


THE raWc iS ONE Of THE NEWEST and most popular buildings on campus. This state-of-the-art facility was built specifically with OBU students in mind. You will find the raWC is more than just a gym its a community of sports fanatics, health enthusiasts and life adventurers.

The facility includes: 50 free-standing cardio and weight machines 29-foot rock climbing wall Indoor running track Three basketball/volleyball courts Three racquetball courts Junior Olympic indoor pool and locker rooms Fitness Classes Qualified Instructional staff

gaTHEr up YOur friENDS, hit the court, and have a great time burning calories and relieving some of that college stress.



THiS iS YOur iNviTaTiON to join a community of sports lovers, a world-class coaching staff and committed athletes. Whether you want to scream like a maniac from the stands or stretch your athletic ability, OBU has a place for you on the team. We offer 21 varsity sports and eight junior varsity-level sports programs, making us one of the largest programs in the NaIa. Mens and womens swimming were added in 2011. The mens team claimed the national title in their inaugural year. Womens lacrosse will begin competition in the spring of 2013, and OBUs football team takes the field in the the fall of 2013. Our athletes have claimed 142 all-america recognitions. When you join OBU athletics, youre joining good company the company of champions.

Mens varsity recent athletic achievementsLadY BIsON indoor Track and field 2010 and 2011 NaIa division I Championships volleyball 2011-12 sooner athletic Conference Championship Outdoor Track and field 2012 NaIa division I Championship Swimming 2012 NaIa division I runners up BIsON basketball 2010 NaIa division I Championship; 2012 runners up Soccer 2010-11 sooner athletic Conference Championship baseball 2011 NaIa College World series. Swimming 2012 NaIa division I Championship COaChEs Bison basketball coach doug Tolin 2010 NaIa Coach of the Year Bison baseball coach Bobby Cox 2011 NaIa hall of Fame Track coach Ford Mastin Five-time NaIa Coach of the YearFollow OBU sports @OBUsportsInfo

Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field soccer swimming/diving Tennis Basketball Cross Country Golf Indoor Track & Field Lacrosse Outdoor Track & Field soccer softball swimming/diving Tennis volleyball

Womens varsity


OBU is consistently listed among the top colleges and universities in the nation. Our students are thoroughly prepared for graduate school and frequently recognized for their accomplishments. OBU graduates have a 90+ percent acceptance rate into medical school. OBU business graduates have scored in the top 10 percent in the nation on major field exams. recent OBU Teacher Education students passed their competency exams at a rate of 97 percent, and 99 percent are teaching full time. OBU Music Education grads have recently enjoyed 100 percent job placement. OBU has more graduates serving as missionaries with the southern Baptist Conventions International Mission Board than any other university. OBU graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at Princeton University, duke University, the Mayo Clinic, George Washington University, and many others.

u.S.News & World report Honors programThe honors Program is a community of OBUs most outstanding students. honors students are afforded the opportunity to enrich their academic experience through participation in unique course offerings, invitations to special symposiums, and engagement in a research project culminating in the presentation of a thesis to their peers and faculty. Here is a sampling of recent honors theses: disunited and Preoccupied: The German Evangelical Churchs response to Nazism Everything is story: Tracing Narrative in Philosophy, Literature and Beyond human Trafficking and domestic violence: assessing Effective rehabilitation services Is There an Elephant in Your Closet?: The absence of Imagination in Parent-Child Communication OBU has been ranked as the only Oklahoma college or university on U.s.News & World reports annual ranking of Great schools, Great Prices for 2012. OBU also has been listed as Oklahomas highest-ranked college in Best regional Colleges for the 18th consecutive year. OBU has made the news magazines top 10 in its category for 20 consecutive years.

The princeton reviewFor the seventh consecutive year, OBU has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the western United states by The Princeton review.

qualifications to apply for the Honors program include the achievement of at least a 3.50 high school grade point average and a composite score of at least 29 on the aCT or 1300 on the saT (Critical reading and Math).

forbes.comFor the fourth year in a row, OBU is the highest-ranked university in Oklahoma in the latest Forbes.com listing of americas Best Colleges.

OBU FaCULTY MEMBErsTHEY arE viSiONariES helping you imagine who and what you can become.





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