Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City University, often referred to as OCU or OKCU, is a coeducational, urban, private university historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is located in the midtown district of Oklahoma City, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma.The university offers undergraduate bachelor's degrees, graduate master's degrees and doctoral degrees, organized into eight colleges and schools and one Methodist seminary. Students can major in more than 70 undergraduate majors, 17 graduate degrees, including a JD, MBA and PhD in Nursing, and an Adult Studies Program for working adults to earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. The university has approximately 4,000 students, including 1,600 graduate students.
Oklahoma City University began as Epworth University by local developer Anton Classen in the early 1900s. Classen was looking to begin a Methodist university in conjunction with other development projects he worked on. Construction of the school began in 1902 and it opened in 1904 with 100 students. Anton Classen was heavily involved with development of early Oklahoma City and advanced the idea of a Methodist university in Oklahoma and helped spark the ideas of the Methodist Church to establish a Methodist university in Oklahoma. Construction began in 1902 and classes started in 1904 with enrollment growing by almost 100 students during that first year. Epworth closed in 1911 after the school ran into financial difficulties. At the same time the church formed Oklahoma Methodist University in Guthrie, Oklahoma. After a few years the school's trustees developed a plan to close the school in Guthrie and relocate to Oklahoma City. The school opened in Oklahoma City as Oklahoma City College in 1922 from funding from the Methodist congregations, and some faculty from the defunct Fort Worth University. After the college opened it experienced rapid growth and changed its name to Oklahoma City University in 1924. Despite the success and growth of the university in the 1920s, OCU again fell on hard times during the Great Depression. Post war era Dr. Cluster Smith became president of Oklahoma City University after the Great Depression. At the same time the United States entered World War II creating new challenges for the university, especially the university's mounting debt and need for new facilities. The War created a decline in the student body, especially in males who left school to enlist in the military. By 1942 the student body was 75 percent female. This created a shortage of players and funds causing many of the athletic programs, such as the football team, to end operations. Following the war enrollment increased dramatically and the university began a period of rapid development through the remainder of the 1940s. In the 1950s OCU received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The University then took control of the Oklahoma City College of Law and began a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to elevate the academics and the quality of education.The Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel was dedicated in 1968 as part of a plan to expand OCU's spiritual life. In the mid 1970s after nearly 25 years of steady growth the university again fell on hard times. In 1976 Methodist Bishop Paul Milhouse discussed the school's issues to the Annual Conference of Oklahoma Methodist churches in Tulsa. After requesting that people direct their prayers and pledges to the University by 1980 the Methodist Church had raised more than $3 million. Jerald Walker, an OCU alumnus became president in 1979 and continued the university's growth stemming from the financial support from the Church. During his tenure as president facilities were improved, new academic programs were started and enrollment increased again. In 1981 it was announced that the university was out of debt and turned a profit for the first time since 1975. The university added the School of Religion and the nursing program during the 1980s.
Oklahoma City University embraces the United Methodist tradition of scholarship and service and welcomes all faiths in a culturally rich community dedicated to student success. Men and women pursue academic excellence through a rigorous curriculum focused on studentsï¿½ intellectual, moral, and spiritual development to prepare them to become effective leaders in service to their communities.
Arts, entertainment and letters Angela Anderson ' 05 - Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Anderson Institute of Music and Performing Arts and the Anderson Theater located in Phoenix, Arizona. Awarded the Official Best Performing Arts Institute in Music, Dance and Theater for the State of Arizona in 2013. Sarah Coburn '94 - Operatic Soprano for the Metropolitan Opera of New York City Kristin Chenoweth '90 - Tony Award and Emmy Award winning actress, known for her roles in Wicked, The West Wing and Pushing Daisies Chris Harrison '93 - TV personality, host of The Bachelor Rana Husseini '90 BA, '93 MLA-Award-winning journalist and human rights activist Jane Jayroe '68 - Miss America of 1967 Marquita Lister '85 - Operatic soprano for the Houston Grand Opera Stacey Logan '85 - Broadway actress most famous for her role in Beauty and the Beast William Harjo LoneFight '91 - noted Native American author and expert in the revitalization of Native American Languages and Cultural Traditions Chris Merritt '74 - Grammy Award nominated operatic tenor, Metropolitan Opera of New York City, Milan, Chicago, Paris, London, Rome, Vienna, San Francisco, Berlin, Tokyo, Salzburg, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Brussels, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Toronto, Venice, Geneva, Leona Mitchell '70 - operatic soprano for the Metropolitan Opera of New York City and Music Hall of Fame inductee Cathy O'Donnell '45 - actress most famous for her roles in Wonder Man, They Live by Night and Detective Story Kelli O'Hara '98 - Three-time Tony Award nominated actress Susan Powell '84 - Miss America of 1981 Hiram Sasser '99 - Legal/Business Journalist for the Wall Street Journal 2002ï¿½Present Shawntel Smith '00 - Miss America of 1996 Gerald Steichen '86 - New York City Opera conductor for Cats and The Phantom of the Opera Lara Teeter '76 - Tony Award nominated actor, theatre director, professor Mason Williams '58 - Grammy Award and Emmy Award winning composer, writer; creator of Classical Gas Business and Academics Mark Y. A. Davies '88 - Dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University Craig Groeschel '91 - founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv Nona M. Lee '95 JD - Vice President and general counsel of the Arizona Diamondbacks Military Edmond Harjo - Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Code Talker during World War II, 2013 recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal Sports John Barfield - former MLB pitcher for the Texas Rangers Susie Berning - professional golfer on the LPGA tour with 4 major wins, and 12 total wins Joseph Bisenius '04 - MLB pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies Dino Delevski - former professional soccer player for Kansas City Comets Gary Gray - former NBA guard for the Cincinnati Royals Curtis Haywood - NBA basketball player for the Toronto Raptors Kody Kaiser '07 - MLB outfielder for the Detroit Tigers Bud Koper '64 - Former NBA player and All-American basketball player Brent Weaver '07 - MLB infielder for the Florida Marlins, 2-Time All-American and NAIA Player of the Year Abe Lemons '31 - Former basketball coach for Oklahoma City University and University of Texas at Austin, amassed 599 wins and 13 NCAA tournament bids Allen Leavell '79 - former NBA guard for the Houston Rockets Patrick Norris '07 - MLB outfielder for the Kansas City Royals Taiwo Rafiu '94 - women's basketball olympian for Nigeria Hub Reed '58 - former NBA center for the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons Freddy Sanchez - MLB infielder for the San Francisco Giants and 2006 National League batting champion Ralph Schilling '41 - former NFL player for the Washington Redskins Chris Schroder '01 - MLB pitcher for the Florida Marlins Dave Simmons '88 - former NBL basketballer for the Melbourne Tigers ('93 Championship team) Bruce Sloan '32 - former MLB outfielder for the New York Giants Dick Stone '34 - former MLB pitcher for the Washington Senators Ashur Tolliver '09 - MLB pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles Harry Vines '61 - former Director of USA Basketball Buzz Williams '94 - Head men's basketball coach for Virginia Tech Politics and law Hannah Atkins '86 - Oklahoma Secretary of State Deborah Barnes '83 - Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals 2008ï¿½Present Michael D. Brown '81 - Director and Administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Robert "Bob" Burke '79 - Secretary of Commerce, State of Oklahoma; Secretary of Industrial Development, State of Oklahoma Mark Campbell '92 - District judge of Bryan County District Court 2005ï¿½Present Jeff Cloud '91 - Commissioner of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Brandon Creighton J. D. - Member of the Texas House of Representatives from his native Conroe in Montgomery County Mickey Edwards '69 - United States Representative who served eight terms in United States House of Representatives, author, political commentator, professor Enoch Kelly Haney '64 - Principal Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Carol Hansen'74 -Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals 1985ï¿½Present Elizabeth A. Hayden '80 - District Judge for Stearns County, Minnesota 1986ï¿½Present William Hetherington '79 - Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals 2009ï¿½Present Stewart Hunter '62 - Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, retired Ernest Istook '76 - United States Representative who served seven terms in United States House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2006 Niles L. Jackson '75 - Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (2003ï¿½Present) Yvonne Kauger '69 - Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma Steven T. Kuykendall '69 - member of the United States Congress representing California's 36th congressional district Todd Lamb '05 - Majority leader from District 47 of the Oklahoma State Senate 2004ï¿½Present Keith Leftwich - member of the Oklahoma State Senate Richard Lerblance '79 - Senator from District 7 of the Oklahoma State Senate Patricia D. MacGuigan '75 - Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals 1982ï¿½Present Tim Moore '95 - member of the North Carolina General Assembly Carlos Moran '02 - District Attorney for Paducah, Kentucky 2005ï¿½Present Johnston Murray '46 - Governor, State of Oklahoma 1951-1955 Kenneth Nance, lawyer, lobbyist, member of Oklahoma House of Representatives Marian P. Opala '53- Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma 1978ï¿½2010 Tom Quinn '74 - Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service 2000ï¿½Present Jim Roth '94 - Senior Director of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission 2002ï¿½present Reta M. Strubhar '81 - Judge, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, First woman appointed to and serving on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals James G. Wilcoxen '79 - Chief Justice, Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, 2007 James R. Winchester '77 - Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma 2007ï¿½Present David Holt (politician) '09 - Oklahoma State Senator from District 30 2010 ï¿½ present Leon C. Phillips '16 - 11th Governor of Oklahoma.
Urban 104 acres (0.42 km2)