Mid-America Christian University
Mid-America Christian University is a liberal arts college in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. MACU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation
he institution, now known as MACU, was founded on September 14, 1953, as the South Texas Bible Institute in Houston, Texas. It was chartered as a center for higher education. Dr. Max R. Gaulke established the institution with the help of the First Church of God. In the fall of 1955, the curriculum of the institution was expanded to that of a four-year university and the name was changed to Gulf Coast Bible College. In 1966, Gulf-Coast Bible College became an associate member of the American Association of Bible Colleges and was granted full membership in 1968. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting association, granted full accreditation in 1978. The Gulf Coast Bible College became a general agency of the Church of God (Anderson) in June 1968. The Executive Council of the Church of God accepted the college as a member organization. Additionally, the college also was granted membership on the Commission on Higher Education of the Church of God. When the college was in the Houston Heights, it tried to establish a campus by buying houses and tearing them down. In 1984 the university announced that it was moving to Oklahoma City. Not all of the officials wanted to move to Oklahoma. In September 1984 Odus Eubank, the vice president for academic affairs said that he did not want to go to Oklahoma. He resigned in the spring of 1985. The Gulf Coast Bible College relocated to Oklahoma City in June 1985, and changed its name to Mid-America Bible College. Eubank formed the Christian College of America of Houston with other pastors. As of August 1985 the Heights campus was still for sale. The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited the college. The institution adopted its current name, Mid-America Christian University in 2003. MACU recently set university enrollment records with 1,447 students attending classes. MACU offers six dormitory buildings for on-campus living. Each dormitory includes a living area and four bedrooms, all equipped with high-speed Internet and cable television. MACU had it third consecutive year in 2010 with over 100 new students enrolling in classes. Across all departments, MACU has over 223 ministry students enrolled, which is the largest enrollment of ministry majors among Church of God colleges and universities. MACU joined the Sooner Athletic Conference in 2007 as a full-time member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In just three years, MACU has seen a 335 percent increase in enrollment in graduate programs with a record 321 students in spring 2011. The women's soccer team finished third in the NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference with a record of 16-2-1 for the fall 2010 season. The head soccer coaches were awarded the distinguished honor of Sooner Athletic Conference Coaches of the Year. MACU offers scholarships in 8 athletic sports. MACU teams compete as members of the NAIA baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, and volleyball.
Mid-America Christian University prepares students through a Wesleyan perspective to create, collaborate, and innovate to solve local and global problems for the glory of God through Jesus Christ and the good of society
65-acre (26 ha)