2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
    
    May 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Admission to OBU for Undergraduate Students



Admission to the University

Admission of all undergraduate students to OBU is under the authority of the Director of Admissions.

The following are eligible for admission consideration:

  1. Graduates of an accredited high school or academy with a minimum of a B average and/ or satisfactory scores on entrance exams, usually American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or Classic Learning Test (CLT).
  2. Transfers from an accredited college or junior college with a minimum of a C+ average who are eligible to continue studies at the institution from which they are transferring.

Based on a review of credentials, students may be admitted on regular, conditional or probationary admission status. Students who fail to meet conditional admission requirements may be admitted to the university through the Pursuits program.

Oklahoma Baptist University reserves the right to restrict or deny admission to any person who has been suspended from a school or convicted of a felony or Class A misdemeanor or any person otherwise eligible for reasons determined to be in the best interests of the institution by the officers thereof.

The University reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission to any student with a documented disability for which the institution is not able to provide reasonable accommodation. The university also reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission to any student who fails to provide complete and accurate information on his or her application of admission. These reserved rights shall be administered in a manner strictly consistent with state and federal non-discrimination laws.

Specific admissions requirements for the OBU College of Graduate and Professional Studies are located on their respective pages in this catalog.

Admission Documents

Admission to all undergraduate degree programs of the University requires the submission of the following documents:

  1. Application for Admission
  2. Transcripts
    High School Transcript. Both freshman and transfer applicants with fewer than 24 earned college credit hours are required to submit an official transcript sent from the high school to the OBU Admissions Office, bearing signature of the school official. Freshman applicants may be admitted on the basis of an incomplete transcript which shows grades through at least six semesters. Upon graduation, the student should request that a final, official transcript be sent to OBU, bearing signature of the school official, graduation date and eighth semester grades. In addition, it is preferable for transcripts to include class rank, standardized test scores and the school seal when possible.
    College Transcript. Transfer students must submit an official transcript from each college attended, sent directly from the institution to the OBU Admissions Office. New freshmen who have taken concurrent college work must also submit an official transcript from each institution attended. Transfers will not receive an acceptance decision until all previous college work is submitted. Transcripts issued to the student are not acceptable for admission purposes. Any student who fails to report work taken at another institution is subject to immediate expulsion from OBU.
  3. Test Scores
    New freshmen may submit satisfactory scores on either the American College Test (ACT), the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT),or the Classic Learning Test (CLT). If a student has a documented disability which affects his/ her ability to fairly complete the ACT or SAT, the student should contact his/her guidance counselor or the testing agency to inquire about special accommodations for taking the test. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours are also required to submit test scores. This requirement may be waived for students over 25 years of age. Scores recorded on an official high school transcript or those reported directly from the testing agency are acceptable.
  4. Test Optional Admission - Students may choose whether you submit an ACT, SAT, or CLT score. We welcome any student, regardless of testing plan, to submit additional material they feel best represents and demonstrates their skills, talents, and potential contributions to OBU. Students choosing test-optional must submit a 300-400 word essay using a given prompt, and one recommender.

Immunization Records

Communication will be sent to all enrolled students about submitting student health forms and required health records.. A transfer student may submit a previous college health form if it was completed within five years of enrollment at OBU. These records are required prior to matriculation.

Recommended High School Curriculum

High school graduation is required, but in addition, it is recommended that students include the following in their high school program:

English: Four units of college preparatory English. Journalism, yearbook or business English should not be used as substitutes.

Mathematics: Three units including algebra I, algebra II and geometry. Those intending to pursue the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Science in Education in science or mathematics education are encouraged to take as much mathematics as possible, including trigonometry and calculus.

Science: Three units of college preparatory science which may include one unit of general science. The other two should include biology, chemistry, physics or another laboratory science. Those intending to pursue the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Science in Education in science or mathematics education are encouraged to take three units of laboratory science.

Social Science: Three units, including courses in American history and world history. Other options include such courses as sociology, economics, psychology, geography, and state history.

Language: Two units in the same language.

Academic Electives: Two units including one unit in computer applications.

Freshman Admission Requirements for Standard Admission

Applicants meeting the following criteria may be granted REGULAR ADMISSION:

  1. Completion of OBU’s Recommended High School Curriculum (above); and
  2. ACT super score of at least 20 or SAT combined of at least 1030 (critical reading and mathematics sections only); or CLT of at least 66; and
  3. High school GPA of at least 3.00 or class rank in the upper half.

Applicants meeting the following criteria may be considered for CONDITIONAL ADMISSION:

  1. Completion of OBU’s Recommended High School Curriculum (above); and
  2. ACT super score of 17 through 19 or SAT combined of 900 through 1020 (critical reading and mathematics sections only); or CLT of 57-65; and High school GPA of at least 3.00 or class rank in the upper half.
  3. ACT super score of at least 20 or SAT combined of at least 1030 (critical reasoning & mathematics sections only); or CLT of at least 66; and High school GPA of at least 2.5 or class rank in the upper half.

Freshmen Granted Conditional Admission

  1. May be limited to an enrollment of 13 hours the first semester.
  2. May be required to enroll in all or part of an academic enrichment program as part of the 13-hour load.

Applicants having gained recognition of high school equivalency by passing the GED may be admitted as a regular or conditional student according to the criteria stated above, at the discretion of the Director of Admissions.

 Freshman Admissions Requirements for Test-Optional

Applicants meeting the following criteria will be condsidered for Regular or Conditional Admission:

     a.  Completion of OBU’s Recommended High School Curriculum (above); and
     b.  High School GPA of at least 2.50 or class rank in the upper half
     c.  Submission of 300-400 word essay using the given prompt
     d.  At least one recommender - recommendation letters must be from someone outside the applicant’s family.  Recommendation from a current or recent teacher is preferred. 
The applicant’s entire application file will be reviewed in a holistic manner by the Admissions Committee and an admisions decision will be communicated to the student.

Freshman Granted Regular, Test-optional Admission

 Applicants who are granted regular admission can enroll for up to 16 credit hours.  However, the student will be limited to entry level math courses unless
they prove placement in one of the following ways:

      1.  Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Transcript showing successful completion of a qualifying math course.
      2.  Complete the Aleks math placement or Accuplacer test with successful scores through the Milburn Center.
      3.  Provide an ACT/SAT/CLT score that meets placement standards.

Freshman Granted Conditional, Test-Optional Admissions

Applicants who are granted conditional admission can enroll with the same limitations all conditional admits receive (above).  They must take English Composition I with writing studio and will be limited to
entry level math courses unless they prove placement in on of the following ways:

     1.  Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Transcript showing successful completion of a qualifying math course.
     2.  Complete the Aleks math placement or Accuplacer test with successful scores through the Milburn Center.
     3.  Provide an ACT/SAT/CLT score that meets placement standards.

Home-Schooled Student Admissions

Admission of home-schooled students will be based on a written description or transcript of the home-school experience. Home-schooled students may apply test-optionally or by submitting ACT, SAT or CLT scores. The standardized test composite score must be at the level OBU requires for regular or conditional admission. Special assessment or class placement may be required at the discretion of the Director of Admission.

Pursuits Program

The Pursuits Program is designed to help incoming freshmen who may not meet the regular OBU admissions standards successfully navigate the transition from high school to college. Specific emphasis is placed on the academic transition but also on the understanding of what it means to live and learn in a community of people seeking the integration of faith and learning. Each student enrolled in the program is expected to abide by a set structure of courses, placement standards and prescribed academic support services determined by the OBU faculty and staff. College credit is earned for courses completed. Regular OBU tuition and fees apply. Pursuits students are eligible to receive financial aid if qualified.

Graduates of Unaccredited High Schools

Admission of graduates of non-accredited high schools will be based on ACT, SAT, or CLT scores and the high school transcript. The standardized test composite score must be at the level OBU requires for regular or conditional admission, and subscores must meet OBU guidelines for regular class placement. Special assessments or class placement may be required at the discretion of the Director of Admissions.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

A student transferring from another regionally accredited institution should submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended when applying to OBU. The student is eligible for admission:

  1. If he/she is eligible to continue studies in the college from which he/she is transferring;
  2. If he/she has maintained a 2.0 grade point average in his/her college studies; and
  3. If his/her transcript does not include extensive remedial academic coursework. Students whose overall college grade average is below 2.0 or whose transcript includes extensive remedial academic coursework may be admitted on probation at the discretion of the Director of Admissions.

All transfer grades become a part of the student’s permanent record at OBU. Incomplete grades transferred to OBU will be calculated as F grades unless the student furnishes an amended transcript showing a changed grade. Transfer grade point averages will be calculated according to OBU grading policies.

The University cannot accept course work credits from institutions not regionally accredited. Nonaccredited institutions include vocational or trade schools and other institutions whose purposes and curricula indicate their restrictive nature. However, after earning 24 credit hours in residence at OBU with a GPA of 2.00 or higher, credits earned at a college or university not regionally accredited may be applied to the student’s OBU transcript as applicable credit for a degree.

A student who has completed fewer than 24 semester hours of regionally accredited college work must meet both the freshman admission requirements and the transfer admission requirements. Students who have completed 24 college semester hours or more at an accredited college or university who do not have a high school diploma or GED scores will be admitted on the basis of their transfer credits. However, a transcript of any high school work completed may be required.

Transfer Credit Regulations

The following regulations apply to credit transferred from other institutions regionally accredited. (See also information regarding credit by examination.) The University strongly recommends that currently enrolled students consult with their advisors and their academic deans concerning the acceptability of transfer credit for a particular degree program before enrolling in courses which they wish to transfer to OBU. A student must furnish the University with official transcripts of all post-secondary work attempted. (See information regarding transfer of Religion courses under College of Theology and Ministry.)

2-Year Colleges

No more than 64 2-year college semester hours will be credited toward Oklahoma Baptist University degrees. Credit from a 2-year college will not be accepted for upperdivision courses in the major/minor or area of concentration. Credit from a 2-year college will not be counted toward the last 30 hours before graduation. Courses transferred from a 2-year college must be similar in content and organization to courses offered by Oklahoma Baptist University and must be appropriate to the degree sought, all as determined by Oklahoma Baptist University.

An Associate’s of Arts or Science degree completed at a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation at OBU is accepted as meeting the Common and Supportive Core requirements, with the exception of BIBL 1013 and BIBL 1023*. Remaining requirements earned beyond the completion of the AA/AS may also be transferred in upon approval by the incoming student’s Academic Chair. No more than 64 hours total may be transferred from a junior college or community college. Transfer students who have earned an AA or AS should still work with their Chair to identify any remaining prerequisites required for completion of major and minor degree requirements.

*Students who have completed Bible & theology courses elsewhere in addition to completing their AA or AS may request to transfer these into OBU and use them for their Common Core requirement. Those requests will be assessed based on OBU’s policy regarding those courses.”

4-Year Colleges

Full credit will be given for work completed at regionally accredited 4-year colleges and universities provided that content and organization of courses are similar to those at Oklahoma Baptist University and that the course is appropriate to the degree sought, all as determined by Oklahoma Baptist University.

Veteran’s Training

Veterans will be allowed transfer credit for courses taken in the armed services when these courses are appropriate to the desired degree. The standard for granting of credit will be the “Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services,” published by the American Council on Education. OBU will accept a maximum of 16 transfer hours of this type.  All students using VA education benefits are required to submit copies of all previous education and training.

International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States may be admitted to the university and will need to obtain an F-1 student visa to attend.

How to Apply:

  1. Submit the online Student Application for Admission.
  2. Submit an official transcript from every secondary school attended, as well as a certified copy of the results of standardized examinations and of all diplomas or certificates awarded. Your documents need to be translated into English.
  3. Submit SAT/ACT/CLT scores that meet the general standard for admission. In lieu of the SAT/ACT/CLT, you may submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) directly from the corporation to OBU, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) directly from the corporation to OBU or the Duolingo English Test directly from the corporation to OBU. The following scores are required for admission to the university:
    • A minimum score of 500 on the TOEFL written exam
    • A minimum score of 173 on the TOEFL computer-based exam
    • A minimum score of 71 on the TOEFL iBT exam
    • A minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS exam​
    • A minimum of 105 on the Duolingo English Test

TOEFL

Visit www.ets.org/portal/site/ets and www.toefl.org

IELTS

Visit www.ielts.org

  1. When a student is admitted to Oklahoma Baptist University, s/he will be sent a letter of acceptance, and then the student will work with the Director of International Students to receive an I-20 (used to obtain a student F-1 visa). 
  2. Admitted students should fill out any required personal and medical information and upload their immunization records to Med+Proctor. Additionally, students will apply for campus housing through the Student Housing Portal. Students wishing to apply for a housing exemption can do so through the Student Housing Portal.
  3. When a student is admitted, s/he will also receive a University Payment Plan. This form needs to be completed and returned to the University immediately, and the initial payments must be received by the University in accordance with the dates included on that document.

To Transfer to OBU

If you have earned 23 or fewer college/university hours:

  1. Complete the International Student Application.
  2. Submit to OBU an official transcript, for all high-school work. If your transcript is not in English, please include an official English translation.
  3. Submit to OBU an official transcript of all your college/university work.
  4. Submit an official course-by-course evaluation of all foreign college transcripts performed by one of the approved agencies listed below.
  5. Submit to OBU the International Student Financial Guarantee form.

If you have earned 24 or more college/university hours:

  1. Complete the International Student Application.
  2. Submit to OBU an official transcript of all college or university work. If your transcript is not in English, please include an official English translation.
  3. Submit an official course-by-course evaluation of all foreign college transcripts performed by one of the approved agencies listed below.
  4. Submit to OBU the International Student Financial Guarantee form.

Approved English Translation Services

OBU will accept course-by-course evaluation of your college transcript from the following agencies.

World Education Services
      Visit www.wes.org

Educational Credentials Evaluators
      Visit www.ece.org

SpanTran Educational Services
      Visit www.spantran.com

If transferring from a U.S. institute, you will need to work with the international student advisor at your current school. He or she will transfer your SEVIS record to OBU after receiving your SEVIS transfer form and your OBU acceptance letter.

At that time, you will want to submit medical information and immunization records to Med+Proctor and fill out the campus housing application through the Student Housing Portal.

Special Students

Students who are not candidates for University degrees may be given special enrollment permission by the Office of Enrollment Management. This category might include the following:

  1. students taking only Continuing Education courses;
  2. high school students wishing to take courses in the concurrent enrollment program; and
  3. adults who do not meet the regular admission requirements.

Special Adult Admission Category

If an applicant does not meet the minima for regular or conditional admission, if there has been a significant time interval (six years or more) since the applicant’s last academic pursuit, and if the applicant has had maturing experiences during the interval, the following option is available:

All previous college work, including work taken at Oklahoma Baptist University, may be removed from academic consideration, regardless of passing or failing quality, and the student may begin a new college career as a first semester freshman. Credit by examination may be possible in accordance with University regulations.

To be admitted under this category the applicant must sign a contract verifying the choice to remove all previous college work from academic consideration. (All work continues to show on the transcript even though it has been removed from academic consideration.)

Enrollment of Dual Enrollment Students

High school students may enroll at Oklahoma Baptist University in dual credit courses. Students must have a 3.00GPA

Students can submit an Online Application to the office of Admissions.

Dual Enrollment students must abide by all university policies.

Registration

OBU operates on a semester calendar, with a four-month fall term,  a four-month spring term, and two four-week summer terms.

Advance registration for new students, freshmen and transfers, is available during the spring and summer. Students who have been admitted to the University are notified of these advance registration opportunities. For those who cannot participate in advance registration, regular registration periods are offered at the beginning of each term.

To facilitate registration for current students, advance registration periods are made available each semester for the succeeding term, including the summer session. Each student is responsible for his/ her own course of study toward a University degree; however, faculty advisors are available for counsel, and their approvals are required on all enrollments. Faculty advisors will be assigned by the chair of the college which administers the department of the area of concentration or major. Students who have not yet decided upon an area of concentration or major will be advised by the staff of The Milburn Center for Student Success.

All students are expected to enroll during the designated enrollment periods. No registrations will be accepted after the deadlines designated in the official academic calendar.

All registrations must conform with the policies in force at the time of registration in order for any course work to be credited toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

Orientation

All students entering OBU for the first time, whether freshman or transfer students, are encouraged to participate in the orientation program, which is designed to acquaint them with the educational opportunities and facilities of the University, policies concerning student life, special student services, and traditions.