As a recent high school grad or soon-to-be graduate, choosing a university can be a daunting task. There are public, private, large and small universities … but how do you know which choice is right for you? At Oklahoma Baptist University, we believe a mid-sized private university offers tremendous advantages and opportunities for our students, as recently highlighted in Sarah Palin’s Reviews. Below are just a few of the benefits you’ll receive by choosing a Christian university like OBU.
Community of Faith
Perhaps one of the most well known benefits of attending a Christian university is the community of faith – friends and classmates who will encourage, support and walk with you through your educational experience. At a Christian university, you will be surrounded by peers, staff and faculty members who will challenge you in your faith and listen to you as you solidify your beliefs.
While many universities have opportunities to serve in missions or within the local community, at a Christian university, the majority of the student population is involved in community service projects, volunteer projects and/or overseas mission trips. With a smaller campus size compared to many public universities, you will have the ability to become more deeply connected with the student body at large.
Real-World Application of Faith
At a Christian university, you will experience professors and peers who are willing to challenge you to go deeper in your faith in relation to the world around you. Classes will emphasize the importance of living out your faith in your vocation, regardless of what that may be. You will have the opportunity to develop strong communication and critical thinking skills, as well as improve your global awareness from a Christian perspective.
You will have the opportunity to develop strong communication and critical thinking skills, as well as improve your global awareness from a Christian perspective.
When you choose to attend a Christian university, you do not have to compromise academic excellence. At OBU, a large majority of our professors have completed their doctorates. Additionally, our classes are taught by the professor, whereas in other institutions, your classes may be primarily taught by teaching assistants. Daily interactions and communication with the professors allows students to glean the most from their education experience.
One of the advantages of a smaller, Christian university like OBU is the smaller student-to-faculty ratio. At OBU, our average student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. This gives students the opportunities to develop stronger relationships with their faculty members. Those relationships produce a more personalized educational experience. Our faculty are passionate about the educational and personal growth of their students, and regularly go above and beyond to enrich their students’ educational experiences.
Choosing a college or university is an important decision. It affects not only what you learn, but also who you become. With a lifelong impact on the knowledge you will gain, character you will forge, ethical foundation you will build, and purpose you will discover, a Christian university is an excellent choice. With a core mission driving all areas of campus life, Christian universities are intentional about training and educating the next generation of world changers – graduates who will live with integrity and seek to impact everyone they encounter for generations to come.
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