Shawnee, OK
Oklahoma Baptist University


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Recent Reviews

Veronica
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

OBU celebrates the integration of faith and learning by exploring a full liberal arts education.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

OBU celebrates the integration of faith and learning by exploring a full liberal arts education.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't be so prideful. In the next four years, you will have a much better experience if you realize that you don't hold all of the answers. Come into this experience and one who is thankful and open-minded. Seek learning before it finds you the hard way. These are about to be the best four years of your life. Approach them with the mindset that will allow you to get the most out of them. Let it shape who you already are into a more complete person. Study hard! You're going to need it, even if you didn't in high school. But it's worth it. Here you will learn things that you never knew to question. I hope you enjoy the journey.

Joshua
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

look for a college that doesn't appeal to because it is large or because it is small, or because it is well know or world ren...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

look for a college that doesn't appeal to because it is large or because it is small, or because it is well know or world renowned in a field of study. Pick a college that has a sense of community and that appeals to your heart. This is the most important thing in choosing a college. If you don't feel connection to the campus you live on and the other students and faculty you are surrounded by then you will not be as able to learn.

Alyssa
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Remember to look for a school that offers a program that will allow you to explore your passions, and makes you feel as comfo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Remember to look for a school that offers a program that will allow you to explore your passions, and makes you feel as comfortable as possible away from home.

What's unique about your campus?

OBU is small and friendly, and Shawnee provides for a homely environment.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Those who are not financially in need but make too much to qualify for aid.

Craig
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Inidividual traits and desires provide the basis for delineating between innumerable college options. Students should evalua...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Inidividual traits and desires provide the basis for delineating between innumerable college options. Students should evaluate their personal needs and skill sets to find an academically challenging university that will foster their growth. Limiting factors such as budgetary constraints, or opposing value systems need to be accounted for to finalize the decision. The campus culture is of utmost importance regarding overall happiness, as belongingness is a vital human need. Many adolescents develop and grow immensely during their tenure at an institution, which may lead to transferring to another postsecondary institution. Therefore, school choices should involve painstaking analysis, but not viewed as an unchangeable conclusion. Combining the aforementioned factors is the most favorable process to a satisfying college experience. When students arrive at the desired institution, they should take advantage of the bevy of facilities surrounding them, as well as the opportunity to interact with the diverse personalities of their colleagues. The learning process is a lifelong endeavor that is shaped through both formal teaching and peer interaction. By becoming a leader in the campus community through your selfless action and devotion to compassionate understanding, you may find yourself rejoicing in the enlightening transformation a life of service and leadership offers.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The reluctance to accept differing beliefs and values. Many people are judged from a baptist viewpoint with no regard for individual character. This creates a divide and consequent tension between open-minded individuals and staunch proponents of a singular baptist view.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The vast difference in academic abilities on campus is detrimental to the success of all students. Some students are accepted based upon athletic achievements or legacy status with no regard to their classroom capabilities. These students detract from the learning environment by providing no input during discussions with an ambivalent attitude toward academics. Furthermore, groups assignments can prove disastrous when dealing with individuals that can't meet the stringent standards imposed by faculty for their section of the project.

Meredith
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are challenging. Everyone is digging deeper and wanting to know more. Questions raised in class discussions a...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are challenging. Everyone is digging deeper and wanting to know more. Questions raised in class discussions are valuable. Most of my classmates want to deepen and strengthen their relationship with the Lord and are honestly engaged in class and take thier academics seriously.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The students are extremely friendly and willing to help others out, even if they don't really know them. The professors are also willing to assist you in any way they possibly can. They have a variety of office hours and will meet with you when it's best for you if you ask them. They are approachable.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell parents/students to look for a college that offers majors that you are interested in pursuing--just in case you decide to change majors, other majors at that school are still interesting to you. Also, choose one that has activities that you enjoy. For me, I love cross country and track, so, that was a big deal for me. Make campus visits and talk to as many people as you can; hear their story, gain insight from them about the school, and drill them with ANY questions you have. To make the most of the college experience get involved! Whether its with a team, club, or voluteer group, do something! Be focused on your academics so you can get good grades and hopefully get a great job but, find (experiment with) the right balance between school work and social activites. Do fun things with friends (movies, get togethers, shopping, coffee chats, etc) can enhance your experience because you learn about each other and they can open your eyes to new things. Also, every once and a while, go chat with your professors--they really do care about you, and they have GREAT advice!

Cylie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For parents I would say to let your child go and expierence life as an adult. Offer them help and love but let them make thei...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For parents I would say to let your child go and expierence life as an adult. Offer them help and love but let them make their own mistakes. For the students I would say to be responsible. College is not about parting, but about finding out who you are. Take advantage of that.

What's unique about your campus?

The fact that the teachers are so friendly and offer so much help outside of class.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

There really isn't a person who wouldn't enjoy coming to school here. Although, there might be other schools that are more fitting to other personalities. It depends on the person and what they expect to gain from college.

Ashley
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's very well known for the nursing program as well as the business programs. My favorite is the English program and the pro...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's very well known for the nursing program as well as the business programs. My favorite is the English program and the professors we have in that department. Most OBU students will say that the best part of our university is the student-professor relationship. My professors genuinely care about me as a student AND as an individual.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The right college should express the comforts, the dreams, the ideals, and the attitude of the person. My school is small and woody, therefore I feel more cozy and more able to focus on studies as I bask in the comforts of nature. It gives me the feeling that I am in the midst of the beautiful green meadows near Oxford, England and that makes me feel like I am in a place of legacy -- a place that is passionate about literature and the arts. If a student finds comfort in city life and in social interaction, look at schools that support and hold up that need for noise and intense human interaction. Every one learns and feels comfortable in different settings, so go with that mindset. And above all else, know first what you want to do for the world after you leave. Find a place that nurtures your ideal picture of world change. You are at school to learn how to make a difference, how to leave a legacy, how to blend history with the present. Never forget that while your university reflects who you are, you will be a product of that university's life lessons.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known more about which major to choose.

Rachel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is one of the most life altering experiences a person can have. I would recommend not just going where your friends o...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is one of the most life altering experiences a person can have. I would recommend not just going where your friends or significant other are going. Choose the college based on what best suits who you are as a person. Once you find the school that fits the type of education you desire and the social atmosphere that you enjoy, go for it! Once you're there live up every minute you can. Get involved with things you may not have normally done in highschool. Just be sure that you don't take on too much seeing as how this might interfere with your school work. Be prepared to learn, work hard, and be challeged every day.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is a Christian who desires to integrate their faith with learning. They should be ready to work hard and willing to keep an open mind as they take classes.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I have gotten a very well rounded education. The classes are small and discussion is encouraged. The professors are very understanding and involved.

Nicole
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Picking a college is a very difficult decision. This is the place where you are going to spend for years of your life and beg...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Picking a college is a very difficult decision. This is the place where you are going to spend for years of your life and begin your journey into a career so it is also a very important decision. It is best to consider all options and not to be too scared to take a leap and try something completely out of the ordinary if it feels right. When I was looking through college information, OBU just stood out to me. There was something about the beauty of the campus and the description of the college that just felt right. I knew that this was the place I needed to be. Although this school was really far away, and my parents and I were really hesitant at first, I am so glad I took the leap and went there. I learned life skills, to be independent, and also made friendships that will last me a lifetime.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I am not sure if there is a certain typer of person who should not attend this school. There are all different types of people that attend the school which adds immensely to the atmosphere. I've been lucky enough to meet and become friends with so many different kinds of people. Since this is a Baptist university most people would think the students were conservative, judgemental, and possibly snobby, but this could not be furthur from the truth. The atmosphere of this school is welcoming, open-minded, and diverse.

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  • 1,960
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $25,310
  • Acceptance rate
  • 60%

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