OC rises in U.S. News Best Colleges rankings

OC rises in U.S. News Best Colleges rankings

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) rose in the rankings and earned additional honors from U.S. News & World Report in the “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook, released this week.

OC moved up to No. 41 on the “Best Regional Universities” list for the 15-state western region. This is the 18th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian.

OC remains second in the state to Oklahoma City University and is ranked ahead of Oral Roberts, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Central Oklahoma, Cameron, East Central, Northeastern State, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarene and Southwestern Oklahoma State.

In addition to being among the state’s leaders with more than 40 National Merit Scholars enrolled last year, Oklahoma Christian earned recognition on the U.S. News list of “A+ Schools for B Students,” which identifies great colleges where scholars with high school GPAs in the B range can thrive.

U.S. News also identified Oklahoma Christian as one of the top schools for veterans, which denotes institutions in the top half of their Best Colleges ranking category that participate in the Yellow Ribbon program and have 20 more enrolled students using GI Bill benefits.

“We live in an unsettled time here at home and abroad. That makes the work we do at Oklahoma Christian University so important,” President John deSteiguer said. “This place changes lives – and I love that. I also love that others see the value of what’s happening at OC. These rankings are a credit to the difference our students, faculty, staff, and alumni make each and every day.”

U.S. News’ Best Regional Universities list features institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. The rankings assess seven categories: assessment of excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates, and alumni giving.

OC’s alumni giving rate (18 percent) ranks fourth in the western region while the university’s first-year retention rate ranks in the region’s top 25. OC also boasts a 13:1 student-faculty ratio. The full rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

The last 11 years have featured the 11 largest enrollments in OC history, highlighted by these 2015-16 records: 2,002 undergraduate students, 584 graduate students and 2,586 total students.