OC’s accounting program recognized; 7 other programs named a “Best Value” in the U.S.

Christian Universities Online ranked OC’s accounting program 5th in the nation.
Christian Universities Online ranked OC’s accounting program 5th in the nation.

Oklahoma Christian University offers one of the top 10 accounting programs in the country, according to a recent ranking of Christian universities by Christian Universities Online. CUO ranked OC’s program 5th in the country. In addition, Best Value Schools recently ranked seven OC programs among the best values in the country.

CUO is an independent online resource for prospective students and their families researching Christian higher education. The site provides rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid and other resources.

OC’s Associate Dean of the College of Business and accounting professor Elaine Kelly celebrated the recognition.

“We’re honored to be named among the best five Christian accounting programs in the country,” Kelly said. “With our emphasis on ethics, such as our Millican Ethics Symposium, we are dedicated to helping prepare Christian accountants for success in their careers and lives.”

In its determination for the ranking, CUO cited OC’s award-winning Accounting and Finance Club, which won first place in a statewide competition three times in four years. CUO also cited OC’s partnerships with several companies, such as Grant Thornton, Devon Energy and Ernst & Young, which place students in internship positions where they can put what they learn in into action.

According to CUO, accounting ranks as the 7th most popular major among U.S. college students. A degree in accounting opens up many job opportunities, ranging from government work, to careers in finance or corporate management to entrepreneurial opportunities. The basic tool and language of business, accounting requires a high level of technical skill combined with strong ethics. An area well suited for those who enjoy math and individuals with high moral standards, CUO considers OC among the best options for pursuing a degree in accounting.

To learn more about the ranking, the full list is available from CUO's website.

In addition to the CUO ranking, Best Value Schools ranked seven OC programs as some of the best values in the country. OC’s major in chemistry was ranked 2nd, accounting 6th, computer science 6th, electrical engineering 6th, mechanical engineering 6th, communication 7th, biology 8th and pre-law 22nd.

Best Value Schools defines value in college education using variables such as faculty-to-student ratio, price, school environment through student clubs and organizations and income expectations for a degree.

“These rankings are a reflection of the dedication and scholarship that our faculty and staff demonstrate every day in the fields of science, business, liberal arts and engineering,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said. “We’re especially proud to see how often our dedication to faith in scholarship was cited in these high rankings.” 

OC’s chemistry program was noted for being one of the most affordable for a chemistry degree in the country. Undergraduates can major in chemistry, biochemistry, forensic science or science education, and each program helps students acquire a depth of technical knowledge while developing stable personal lives and an ethical approach to their work.

OC’s computer science and engineering programs were recognized for a 100 percent job-placement rate for engineering graduates. OC’s software engineering emphasis is a unique option that helps distinguish it from similar programs on BVS’ ranking. OC developed the emphasis in response to a plea from Oklahoma City engineers who wanted to see more young professionals with software experience. In other words, the demand for software engineers is there, which increases OC students’ marketability on graduation.

OC’s mechanical engineering program was noted for its student resources (like a state-of-the-art thermal-fluids lab) at less than half the price of its competitors. Likewise, OC’s communication program was lauded for costs that were less than two-thirds of the schools on the best communication degrees ranking. In addition, OC offers nearly twice as many communication majors as its competitors.

OC’s biology program received attention for offering some of the most unique degree offerings of any of the top colleges on the list. With undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, biology, cellular and molecular biology, medical laboratory sciences and science education (with an emphasis in biology), OC allows students to tailor their educational experiences to their professional interests. Furthermore, 90 percent of OC students involved in research at the undergraduate level were accepted to medical or graduate school.

Finally, OC’s pre-law program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in which students are introduced to multiple subjects that also happen to be the most popular majors for law school applicants. This potentially provides a double– or even triple–threat advantage during the application process.

The full lists are available from Best Values Schools