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Oklahoma Christian University1



2012Oklahoma ChristianUniversity


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Oklahoma Christian University

P.O. Box 11000

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73136

(800) 877-5010

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4 | OC GuideComprehensive advice, information for campus success

4 | Welcome to Oklahoma Christian

5 | Fast Facts

6 | Academics

8 | Health, Wellness, and Safety

9 | Housing and Dining

10 | Campus Resources, Organizations, and Activities

12 | Financial Aid

13 | ResourcesMust-have knowledge to navigate your way

13 | Academic Calendar

13 | Important Phone Numbers

14 | Campus Map

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Oklahoma Christian University4


Designated by Princeton Review

as a Best Western College.

Named a “Best University - Master’s”

in the western region in U.S. News and

World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”

One of only two members of the

CCCU with ABET accreditation for

three engineering programs.

Gaming and animation design

program selected as one of the top

undergraduate programs by Princeton

Review and GamePro magazine.


“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” - John 10:10

Faith isn’t limited to a worship

service, devotional or Chapel.

Learning doesn’t end with final

exams or a graduation ceremony.

At Oklahoma Christian University,

these principles drive us. Through

faith-infused academic programs and

campus activities, OC students gain

the knowledge and skills they need to

become leaders in all walks of life.

But our students seek more than

successful careers. Their ultimate

motivation is to serve God. They are

determined to put their faith into action

to make a difference in the world.

This is a place where you can realize your

purpose and find your calling. OC is a

place where you can live life to the full.

About the UniversityOC is about the transformation of lives

for Christian faith, scholarship, and

service. We are engaged in a diligent

quest for quality and excellence in every

aspect of our work. There is hardly a

week that goes by during the academic

year that I do not receive word of our

students, alumni, or faculty receiving

an award for their accomplishments

or recognition for serving others.

Thank you for your interest in Oklahoma

Christian. I hope you will take every

opportunity to visit our campus and get

better acquainted with the marvelous

work of our faculty and staff, and

the extraordinary accomplishments

of our students and alumni.

If we can be of any help to you, please

feel free to contact my office at:

P.O. Box 11000

Oklahoma City, OK 73136-1100

Phone: (405) 425-5100

Fax: (405) 425-5090

Email: [email protected]

Welcome to Oklahoma Christian


Founded in 1950 by members of the churches of Christ.

Located in Oklahoma City, the state capital of Oklahoma, the university borders

the city of Edmond. Students enjoy the academic, cultural and recreational

benefits of a big city in a safe and comfortable suburban atmosphere.

Campus of 200-plus acres includes new science facilities, revamped

University Center and recently-built student housing.

More than 2,000 undergraduate (50% male, 50% female) and

graduate students from all 50 states and from 61 countries.

13-to-1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio.

Member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

of Colleges and Schools, with discipline specific accreditation by ABET

(engineering programs), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools

and Programs, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the National

Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association

of Schools of Music, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing.

More than 50 student organizations.

More than 1,000 students participate in more than 30 service and ministry opportunities,

including outreach to communities in the United States and around the world ( just

some of the countries served include Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Ghana,

Honduras, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Rwanda). 5

Welcome to Oklahoma Christian

University. OC is a special place of

Higher Learning and Higher Calling.

We take seriously our responsibility to

nurture all aspects of life - intellectual,

spiritual, physical, and social - all of

which are integrated through faith.

From President Mike O'Neal

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Oklahoma Christian University6 7


AccountingAdvertisingArtBibleBiblical LanguagesBiochemistryBiologyBroadcast ManagementBroadcast JournalismBusinessChemistryChild DevelopmentChurch HistoryCommunication Studies

Pre-LawComputer ScienceCreative MediaDrama MinistryEarly Childhood EducationEducation

ElementaryEnglishMathMusicReligiousScienceSecondarySocial Studies

Electronic MediaEngineering



Teaching English as a Foreign LanguageWriting

Family StudiesFinanceForensic ScienceGaming and AnimationGeographyGraphic Design

(Communication Design)History

Pre-LawIllustrationInformation SystemsInterior DesignInteractive MediaInterdisciplinary StudiesInternational BusinessInternational StudiesJournalismLanguagesManagementMarketingMass CommunicationMaster of Arts in MinistryMaster of Business

AdministrationMaster of DivinityMaster of Science in EngineeringMathematicsMedical TechnologyMilitary ScienceMinistryMissionsMusic


VocalNew MediaNursingOrganizational CommunicationPerformance Arts ManagementPhotographyPhysical EducationPhysical SciencePolitical SciencePreaching MinistryPre-ChiropracticPre-Clinical DieteticsPre-DentalPre-Dental HygienePre-Law

Communication StudiesEnglishHistory

Pre-MedicalPre-Occupational TherapyPre-OptometryPre-PharmacyPre-Physical TherapyPre-Physician AssociatePre-Radiological SciencePre-VeterinaryPsychologyPublic RelationsSocial ScienceSpanishSport, Wellness and

Recreation ManagementTheater PerformanceVocational MinistryWritingYouth Ministry

Honors Program

OC’s Honors Program provides an

exceptional undergraduate experience

for academic achievers who are eager

to learn in a Christian community.

The program offers an Honors curriculum

in place of the general education core

curriculum. The program is what the

National Collegiate Honors Council calls

the “most robust” model for Honors

programs – a coherent, four-year

experience built around integrated, core

courses designed exclusively for Honors

students and taught by exceptional faculty.

Honors courses are team-taught and

interdisciplinary. Professors encourage

a high level of participation, foster

considerable independent research, and

mentor students in writing papers that

demonstrate mature, scholarly thinking.

Each year, about 25 percent of the

students are National Merit Scholars

and the average ACT score of entering

students is above 31. Honors students

live in Honors House at Davisson

Hall, a newly-renovated residence

that is the hub of the living/learning

community in the Honors Program.

Off-Campus Study Programs

Through OC’s European Studies

Programs, students experience firsthand

much of the history and culture that

Europe has to offer. Choose to spend

an entire fall semester abroad studying,

traveling and serving, or do the same

thing during six weeks in the summer.

See St. Paul’s Cathedral, where

Prince Charles and Diana were

married, visit the palace in Vienna

where Napoleon lived, and study

Michelangelo’s “David” in Florence.

The Pacific Rim Studies Program begins

every fall semester in China with its

famous silk markets, the Great Wall,

Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden

City. It continues in Japan with stops

in Tokyo, Kyoto and Ibaraki.

Students than head to New Zealand

and Australia to study and serve, along

with experiencing thrills like “Zorbing,”

black water rafting and snorkeling the

Great Barrier Reef. The final stop is

Hawaii, highlighted by Waikiki Beach

and a stirring trip to Pearl Harbor.

A year of study at Japan’s Ibaraki

Christian University comes with a full-

tuition scholarship. Additional summer

programs include a Canada Shakespeare

Tour for fine arts or literature credit and

a medical mission trip to Honduras.

Through the Council of Christian

Colleges and Universities, students

can pursue programs like film school

in Los Angeles, political or journalism

studies in Washington, D.C., professional

musician and music executive training

at the Contemporary Music Center

in Massachusetts, and international

studies in Australia, China, England,

Latin America, Russia and Uganda.

Career Services

The OC Career Services Office offers

students assistance in exploring

majors and career options and in

finding internships and part-time and

full-time employment. The Career

Services Office also offers free career

assessment software, resume writing

assistance, interview preparation,

on-campus interviews, career fairs,

workshops, and much more. For more

information, call (405) 425-5960 or


OC’s unique, faith-infused

academic experience prepares

students for successful lives

and leadership. Knowledgeable

professors teach from a

Christian worldview and are

fiercely dedicated to high

standards of scholarship.



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The Eagle Community Clinic offers::

General Medical and Nursing Care


Personal Counseling

Psychological Services

Mental Health and

Wellness Screenings

Mental Health Information

Information about

Community Resources

Information about Crisis &

Referral Helpline


Part of the Oklahoma Christian University experience is benefiting from

a close-knit campus community. Because of this, we expect students

to live in campus housing throughout their time at school.

Our goal is to help you have the best possible experience while you’re

here, and the place you come home to is a big part of that.

Women’s Residence Halls

Gunn-Henderson West

Gunn-Henderson East

Honors House at Davisson Hall

Tinius West

Tinius East

University House South

Men’s Residence Halls


Honors House at Davisson Hall


Wilson West

Wilson East

University House North


OC offers two distinct on-campus dining options in the Gaylord

University Center (offered by United Dining):

For all-you-can-eat favorites, try the university dining

room at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sub sandwiches, burgers and fries, wings, bacon and eggs, and more

are sure to please at the Snack Bar. It opens early and closes late.

Housing and Dining



First-Year Programs

Several times each summer, OC offers

orientation to all incoming students.

This orientation is designed to help

students understand the nature of college

academics and to help with enrolling at

OC for the first time. In addition to New

Student Orientation, new students are

required to attend Earn Your Wings the

week before classes start in the fall. This

orientation to campus life (presented by

upperclassmen) helps build relationships

and develop university pride and unity.

For more information, call (405) 425-

5906 or visit

Health, Wellness, and Safety

Phone - (405) 418-3077

Fax - (405) 418-3076

The Eagle Community Clinic is committed to the health and wellness

of our campus community. A provider is available Monday through

Friday. Extended hours during school breaks ensure continuity

of care. We have scheduled appointments, but also have times

available for those that “walk in” with urgent (same-day) needs.

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Oklahoma Christian is riding strong

momentum as one of the best athletic

programs in the country, placing in the top

10 of the national all-sports standings the

past two years. OC had the top program

in the Sooner Athletic Conference,

recognized as one of the premier

small-college leagues in the nation.

The university fields teams in men’s and

women’s basketball, men’s and women’s

cross country, men’s and women’s golf,

men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and

women’s tennis, men’s and women’s

track and field, baseball and softball,

with student-athletes honored as NAIA

All-Americans and NAIA Scholar-Athletes

in a variety of sports on an annual basis.

OC has won 42 NAIA championships,

including the 2003 men’s tennis and

the 2009 and 2011 men’s golf titles,

plus a slew of individual and relay

crowns in track and field. Seventeen

of OC’s national championships have

come in the past three years.



Cross Country





Track & Field


Students can choose from seven men’s

clubs and six women’s clubs on campus.

From Spring Sing to service projects

and other activities, clubs provide a

great way to form close relationships

and grow spiritually. All OC students

can participate in athletic events that

will enhance their physical, mental,

social and spiritual experience at OC.


One of OC’s most important traditions

is meeting for Chapel every weekday.

The main Chapel service and other

gatherings like Women’s Chapel,

Missions Chapel, Great Songs Chapel

(and more!) provide a chance to focus

on God. Monday night’s “View 63” and

the “Thursday Night Devo” also bring

students together to praise and worship.


The Student Government Association

is the official organization representing

the OC student body. Its executive

officers, senators, and committees

govern and supervise student activities

within the range of its bylaws. Officers

and senators are chosen by popular

vote, with representatives from the

residence hall councils, classes, and

clubs holding designated positions.


Held during Earn Your Wings week, Kite

Day brings more than 200 inner-city

school kids to campus to fly kites and

eat lunch with OC’s incoming students.

Kite Day kicks off a program that sees

hundreds of OC students volunteer to

mentor these kids. Since 1976, more than

1,200 OC students (from all majors) have

enrolled in physical education classes

that allow them to work one-on-one with

elementary students with special needs.


A highlight of Spring Visit weekend,

Spring Sing features solo and group

performances with a live band, and

shows from OC’s freshman class and

social service clubs. Freshman Fanfare

is a similar event in the fall that allows

first-year students to show off their

talents. In November, Homecoming

weekend includes basketball games, the

Homecoming musical, and the bonfire.

Cocoa and Carols brings holiday spirit to

campus in December with performances

from the Chorale and Symphonic Band.


Campus Resources, Organizations, and Activities

With all of our recent athletic success, we

may be most proud of our 3.2 cumulative

GPA for the entire athletic department

last year. Twelve of our athletic teams

had a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

Oklahoma Christian is recognized as an

NAIA Champions of Character institution

for the impact its makes through charitable

activities and community outreach.

The OC Cage Camp program,

the largest basketball camp of its

kind west of the Mississippi River,

recently celebrated its 20th year.

OC is home to “The Complete Athlete.”

We hope it will be your home, too.




Cross Country




Track & Field

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11 Six weeks progress reports due at noon

20-21 Fall Break

24-28 Senior pre-enrollment, Registrar’s Office

31 - Nov 4

Junior pre-enrollment, Registrar’s Office





4-5 Homecoming Weekend

7-11Sophomore pre-enrollment, Registrar’s Office

14-18Freshman pre-enrollment, Registrar’s Office

18Last day to drop a class with a “W” on the transcript or withdraw

23-25Thanksgiving holiday, no classes, offices closed




er 12-15 Final Exam Week

16 Commencement

20 Grades due at noon for Fall semester




7 Residence halls open at 1:00 pm

9 Classes begin for Spring semester

16Last day to add classes and for new enrollment


b. 3

Last day to drop a class without a “W” on the transcript

21 Six weeks progress reports due

Academic Calendar

Academic Affairs (405) 425-5460

Dr. Allison Garrett, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Admissions (800) 877-5010(405) 425-5954 Fax(405) 425-5069

Athletics (405) 425-5350

Bookstore (405) 425-5260

Career Services (405) 425-5960

Mark Chan, Director of Career Services

Campus Dining (405) 425-5020

Health and Wellness Center

(405) 425-5250

Honors Program (405) 425-5300

Dr. Scott LaMascus, Director of Honors Program

International Programs (405) 425-5475

Library (405) 425-5312

Mail Center (405) 425-5215

Parents Association (405) 425-5908

Summer Lashley, Director of Parents Association

President’s Office (405) 425-5100

Dr. Mike O’Neal, President

Other sources of financial aid come

from the federal government, state

government, and various types of outside

scholarships (scholarships awarded from

entities other than Oklahoma Christian).

In order to receive OC grants/scholarships,

federal grants/loans, or Oklahoma state

grants, additional information may be

needed after the Free Application for

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is submitted.


Affordability Website

Attending college requires a financial

commitment from the student, the

family, the government, and the school.

We believe you’ll find an extraordinary

commitment from Oklahoma Christian

to make a high-quality Christian

education affordable for your family.

Visit to see

yourself in the examples given and

calculate your own potential scholarship

and aid package. The site features

our Financial Aid and Scholarship

Estimator, information on the average

amounts awarded to students in

particular income brackets, case studies,

testimonials, links to our Financial

Services blog, and much more!

We hope you’ll find the tools and

information on the Affordability

Website extremely helpful as you

plan to send your child to college:

Financial Aid and Scholarship Estimator

Your family doesn’t need to wait until

spring to find out how much financial

assistance (including scholarship and

grant money) your child may qualify for.

Simply visit and

complete a few simple questions.

Blogs For Parents

The Financial Services Blog (

financialblog) explores the various types

of financial aid, the amount that should

be saved for college, and other important

facts for future students and their parents.

The Admissions Blog

( explores

ways parents can partner with their child

in the college search process. It provides

tips for the campus visit, choosing a major,

and determining the right college fit.

Parent Website

Oklahoma Christian offers an index

of information on the university’s

website specifically for parents.



Oklahoma Christian students can receive financial

aid from four different sources. The primary source of

financial aid comes from OC’s commitment to award merit-

based and need-based scholarships and grants to its students.

Financial AidDATE EVENT



2-3 Spring Visit / Spring Sing

5-9 Senior pre-enrollment, Registrar’s Office

12-16 Spring Break

19-23 Junior pre-enrollment, Registrar’s Office

26-30Sophomore pre-enrollment, Registrar’s Office



2-6 Freshman pre-enrollment, Registrar’s Office

6Last day to drop a class with a “W” on the transcript or withdraw

23-26 Final Exam Week

27 Commencement



1 Grades due at noon for Spring semester

1 Classes begin



st 17 Classes end

21Grades due at noon for Summer semester

Office of the Registrar (405) 425-5200

Dr. Mickey D. Banister, University Registrar

Bobbie Walker, Administrative Assistant

Student Financial Services (405) 425-5190

Clint LaRue, Director of Student Financial Services

Student Life (405) 425-5906

Neil Arter, Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students

Residence Life (405) 425-5930

Judy Davis, Director, Office of Residence Life

Important Phone Numbers

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