The Edmond Sun

University Life

August 27, 2012

OC remains on Princeton Review’s ‘Best in the West’ list

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian University continues to rank among the best colleges in the western United States, according to The Princeton Review.

OC is one of 121 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” rankings. The region includes 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

“We are honored to be recognized again by The Princeton Review as one of the best schools in the West,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Rankings like this — along with our high job placement rates and our high acceptance rates for graduate school and medical school — are tangible measures of the first-rate education we provide.”

As part of the ranking process, The Princeton Review evaluates an institution’s academic excellence and surveys students about themselves, their fellow students and campus life.

In their survey responses, students praised OC’s focus on God, its family and community atmosphere, the accessibility of OC’s professors, and the university’s Oklahoma City location.

Collectively, the 633 colleges honored constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

“We’re pleased to recommend Oklahoma Christian University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher for The Princeton Review.

Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in business administration, engineering, ministry and divinity. OC’s MBA program is offered both on-site and online.

Oklahoma Christian also is recognized as a “Best University — Master’s” in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

The university is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has discipline-specific accreditations from ABET (computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering programs), the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

In addition to its local campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim.

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