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Oklahoma City University, abbreviated OCU, is a coeducational, urban private university located in the midtown district of Oklahoma Citymarker, Oklahomamarker, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 12 graduate degrees (including a Law Degree and the MBA), PHD in Nursing, and an Adult Studies Program for working adults to earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. The university has approximately 2,100 undergraduate students and 1,700 graduate students from 46 states and 49 foreign countries. OCU is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine's "America's Best Colleges" issue. It is currently ranked 23rd among Master's Universities in the West region. More than 78 percent of faculty hold the highest degrees in their fields; no classes are taught by graduate assistants. Student to faculty ratio is 11:1 and the average class size is 17 for freshmen and 13 for upperclassmen. OCU is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A notable fact about OCU is that it counts among its alumni 3 winners of the Miss America Pageant and over 30 Miss Oklahoma pageant winners.
Gold Star Memorial Building (Law Library), an Oklahoma landmark


Oklahoma City University was chartered as Epworth University on September 1, 1904. Lack of financial support caused Epworth to close in 1911, but the institution was reopened in Guthriemarker as Oklahoma Methodist University only a few months later. In 1919, trustees made the decision to move the campus back to Oklahoma City with a new institution called Oklahoma City College. With funding from Methodist congregations, new college grounds were planned and built in 1922. The school's subsequent growth and successful transition was formally acknowledged when the institution’s name was changed to Oklahoma City University in 1924.


Colleges and Schools

Administration Building
Meinders School of Business
Interior of MSB
Entrance to Wanda Bass School of Music
Interior of Bass Music School
Ann Lacy School of Dance


Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs


Freede Wellness Center and Abe Lemons Basketball Arena
Future OCU Boat House
City University athletes participate in the NAIA and Sooner Athletic Conference. Both men's and women's teams are nicknamed the "Stars". OCU currently competes in baseball, men's and women's basketball, collegiate cheerleading, men's and women's rowing, men's and women's wrestling, men's and women's golf, mens' and women's soccer, softball and women's volleyball. OCU teams have won thirty-two (32) National Championships since 1988. Its tradition spans the glory days of legendary coaches Abe Lemons, Paul Hansen, and Doyle Parrack to the most recent 2007 National Championships in Men’s Golf, Men’s Basketball, Softball, and Women’s Golf. More than 300,000 people attend athletic or other events hosted by OCU Athletics each year including more than 50,000 who attend the OCU Head of the Oklahoma Regatta, the largest rowing event of its kind in the region.


Kerr-McGee Centennial Plaza
is located on a 104 acre park-like campus in central Oklahoma City. Prominent campus buildings include the landmark Gold Star Memorial Building (law library), Clara Jones Administration Building, Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, Sarkeys Law Center, Edith Kinney Gaylord Center (housing the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management), Kirkpatrick Fines Arts Building, Dulaney-Browne Library, McDaniel University Center, Meinders School of Business and Henry K. Freede Wellness and Activity Center. The most recent major addition to the campus is the state-of-the-art 113,000 Sq.Ft. Wanda L. Bass Music Center containing a black-box theater, 5 music labs, 6 ensemble rehearsal rooms, 11 recording venues, 38 teaching studios, 60 sound-isolated practice rooms, 133 Steinway pianosmarker (OCU is an All-Steinway school) and 210 new Conn-Selmer Instruments. The Kerr-McGee Centenial Plaza on the southest corner of the campus was constructed in 2004 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of OCU. The plaza features a bronze statue honoring OCU's three Miss America pageant winners. In the first decade of the 21st century, OCU completed more than $100 million in new campus construction.


OCU is near the Oklahoma State Capitolmarker campus in the heart of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area, five minutes by automobile from downtown Oklahoma City. The campus is amid historic and cosmopolitan inner-city neighborhoods with a number of urban eateries and cultural attractions near the campus. Local neighborhoods include the Mesta Park and Heritage Hills Historical neighborhoods containing some of the grandest houses in Oklahoma City along with tree-lined boulevards and heavily landscaped streets. The campus lies immediately west of the rapidly developing Asia District. The Plaza District, the Paseo, and the LGBT district at (NW 39th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue) are also nearby. The hip uptown district is in the area on NW 23rd Street toward the capitol complex.Other areas of interest include the N. Western District, popular with the creative class and the posh inner-suburb of Nichols Hillsmarker.


Housing options on the campus of Oklahoma City University include single gender and coed dormitories, apartments, and the Greek system. There are also countless housing options off-campus ranging from boarding houses and flats in the Asia District and 39th Street, to apartment complexes and rental houses in Uptown and the Plaza District.
Draper Hall
Walker Hall

Residential Halls

Centennial Hall (formerly known as the New Residence Hall) is a coed facility for freshmen and upperclass students, and includes an underground parking structure. Banning Hall provides coed housing for freshmen and upperclass Honors students. Smith Hall houses only men and Walker Hall, OCU’s only highrise dorm at seven stories, offers housing for freshmen and upperclass women. Draper Hall is OCU’s coed law and graduate hall, offering private rooms and an optional meal plan.
Centennial Hall courtyard
West side view of Centennial Hall


There are two apartment complexes on campus. They are available to upperclass students only and offer an alternative to the residential dorms. University Manor consists of one-bedroom units with single or double occupancy. All unitilities are paid (except phone, cable, internet) and each unit has its own kitchen area, central heating and air conditioning, and private parking. There is also a laundry facility. Cokesbury Court offers residential hall type living in separate apartment units. All apartments have full kitchens and built-in dining/ study areas. The complex includes a hot tub and pool as well as a BBQ pavilion and a clubhouse with big screen television.

Greek System

OCU is home to five National Greek-letter organizations. Collectively, they represent almost 20% of the campus population. The following is a list of the Greek houses at OCU:

Campus Life

Farmer International House
Tom McDaniel Student Union
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. Guest speakers at OCU have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel prize winner Elie Wiesel, author Kurt Vonnegut, playwright Edward Albee, researcher Jane Goodall, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Sister Helen Prejean, educator and author Jonathan Kozol, Poets Laureate Ted Kooser and Billy Collins, civil rights attorney Morris Dees, journalists Helen Thomas and George Will, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and politician Karen Hughes.

The Tom McDaniel Student Union provides a place for students to relax, sleep, study, watch television, or socialize. The Union provides diverse activities and programs such as movies, bands, dances, giveaways, and other activities. A Wellness Program and Outdoor Adventures Program provide numerous opportunities for student activity such as pilates, yoga, traditional aerobics classes and self-defense, as well as hiking, bicycling, camping, horseback riding and sailing. A resource center and gear checkout are provided on campus. Intramural sports are a popular activity, with over 35 different sports available in league and tournament play and both coed and single gender teams. All students are also encouraged to participate in theatre, music and dance groups regardless of major.

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute offers the campus and Oklahoma City community the opportunity to view eight to ten classic international films per year. Each year's series is themed. Written materials on the theme and films is available at each screening and the screenings are followed by a discussion of the film. The film series has been presented each year since 1982.

Student publications include The Campus (student newspaper) and The Campus online (internet edition), and The Constellation (yearbook) and its DVD supplement. Students may also submit original art, photography, poetry and essays to the University's literary journal The Scarab and research to the undergraduate research journal Stellar.

The University provides free counseling services to students, including in speciality areas such as academic difficulties, health or financial problems, occupational choices, employment, mental health issues and spiritual matters. A campus chaplain is available. A Student Health Clinic is staffed by a registered nurse and advanced nurse practitioner and is available to all students, faculty and staff. Services include health assessments, diagnosis and treatment of minor injures and illnesses. Other services include gynecological care, male reproductive health and referrals to community or specialty providers. Services for students with documented disabilities are provided by the University health services. Alcohol and Drug education programs are also provided through the Office of Student Life.

OCU maintains a full-time on-campus police force in order to ensure a safe campus. In addition to normal duties and patrols, OCUPD are available to escort any student after dark. In addition 18 emergency call stations are strategically scattered throughout the campus providing immediate access to campus security.


Oklahoma City University has over 100 student organizations. Focuses of these organizations range from ethnic to political, religious to special interests. OCU Student Union houses many of these organizations' offices. The following is a short list of student clubs and organizations at OCU:

Notable Faculty

Notable alumni


  • [71961] – from the official website of OCU
  • [71962] – current business accreditation
  • [71963] – ranking West/ Master's by US News and World Report

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