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Southwestern Christian University

Southwestern Christian University is Pentecostal college with 804 students located in Bethany, OK.

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Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated

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Scholarship - Spirit - Service. For many years these three words have been the "mantra" of generations of students at Southwestern Christian University. These students were looking for more than "just an education,"...they were seeking the opportunity to pursue their faith as they discovered their academic potential and earned degrees. These students are now using their talents in the ministry or the educational/professional world. As you look to become part of the SCU community, I invite you to consider what those three simple words may potentially mean to you. They embody us, they identify us, they unite us.

Scholarship - Spirit - Service. Come join us and find the true meaning of these words!

Dr. Ed Huckeby President SCU was established in 1946 by the International Pentecostal Holiness Church primarily for training men and women for church leadership. In its early years, the university became known as Southwestern Bible College because of its emphasis on the Bible as the nucleus and pivot around which all other studies revolved.

In the 1960's, the student body expanded and studies in various junior college programs were developed. The junior college was accredited in 1964 by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. In 1973 the junior college received accreditation by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. SCU was approved in 1979 by North Central as a four-year baccalaureate level degree-granting college in the field of religion.

In the fall of 1981, SCU phased out its junior college curricular offerings, maintained its baccalaureate program in religion and underwent substantive institutional change. Changing its name to Southwestern College of Christian Ministries, the college sold its campus at 4700 N.W. 10th Street and moved to the present location in Bethany, Oklahoma. In 1986 the associate of arts degree program was reinstated in the SCU curriculum. A professional studies program focused on one-evening-per-week curriculum offerings was implemented during the 1990's.

The name of the institution was changed to Southwestern Christian University in 2001. The university also expanded its curriculum offerings to include business degree options, education options and, most recently, a Sport Management degree program. Additional curriculum enhancements and extended campus offerings are currently in the developmental stages.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 804
Gender 45% Male / 55% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 71% Full Time / 29% Part Time
Geography 92% In State / 8% Out of State / 8% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 67% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 42%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 8%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 10%
Black or African American 26%
Asian 0%
American Indian or Alaska Native 3%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $100.00. Housing deposit due : Aug 15. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

26% of students live on-campus.

48% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Housing Offered
  • Men's Dorms
  • Women's Dorms

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Drama/Theater
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load remedial instruction tutoring
  • Computer Services: libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling veteran's counselor chaplain/spiritual director adult (re-entering) student services/programs
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration double major dual enrollment of high school students independent study internships liberal arts/career combination accelerated program honors program
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Human Services (20%), Business Administration and Management (18%), Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other (12%), Bible/Biblical Studies (9%), Sport and Fitness Administration/Management (8%), Theology and Religious Vocations, Other (8%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the Christian and/or Jewish Bible and related literature, with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting the theological, doctrinal, and ethical messages contained therein. May include preparation for applying these studies in various religious vocations.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

An undifferentiated program that includes instruction in the general arts, general science, or unstructured studies.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

A program that focuses on the theory and practice of religious outreach, social service and proselytization, and that prepares individuals for mission vocations. Includes instruction in theology, evangelism, preaching, medical and social mission work, missionary education, missionary aviation, emergency services, legal and political aspects of working in other countries, and preparation for ordination as missionaries.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that focuses on the nature of religious belief and specific religious and quasi-religious systems. Includes instruction in phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behavior.

Job Opportunities:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the history, theory, composition, and performance of music for religious or sacred purposes, and that prepares individuals for religious musical vocations such as choir directors, cantors, organists, and chanters.

Job Opportunities:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

Any instructional program in theological studies and religious vocations not listed above.

Associates

An undifferentiated program that includes instruction in the general arts, general science, or unstructured studies.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Any instructional program in theological studies and religious vocations not listed above.

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to manage the business affairs of non-profit corporations, including foundations, educational institutions, associations, and other such organizations, and public agencies and governmental operations. Includes instruction in business management, principles of public administration, principles of accounting and financial management, human resources management, taxation of non-profit organizations, and business law as applied to non-profit organizations.

Job Opportunities:

Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.

Bachelor's

A program with a combined or undifferentiated focus on the social sciences, psychology, and biomedical sciences to study complex problems of human individual and social growth and behavior.

Job Opportunities:

Life Scientists, All Other
All life scientists not listed separately.
Psychologists, All Other
All psychologists not listed separately.
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other
All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other
All community and social service specialists not listed separately.

A program that focuses on the dynamic social relations between and among majority and minority groups and different minority groups, and ways to promote mutual tolerance, inter-group cooperation, and the leadership and management of diverse groups and diversity issues in family, educational, recreational, and work settings. Includes instruction in ethnic and cultural studies, group psychology, sociology, anthropology, conflict resolution, human services and resources, and applications to various functional environments.

Job Opportunities:

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that derives from two or more distinct programs and that is integrated around a unifying theme or topic that cannot be subsumed under a single discipline or occupational field.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the general study and provision of human and social services to individuals and communities and prepares individuals to work in public and private human services agencies and organizations. Includes instruction in the social sciences, psychology, principles of social service, human services policy, planning and evaluation, social services law and administration, and applications to particular issues, services, localities, and populations.

Job Opportunities:

Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Social and Human Service Assistants
Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other
All community and social service specialists not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply business, coaching and physical education principles to the organization, administration and management of athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sport recreation services, and related services. Includes instruction in program planning and development; business and financial management principles; sales, marketing and recruitment; event promotion, scheduling and management; facilities management; public relations; legal aspects of sports; and applicable health and safety standards.

Job Opportunities:

Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Coaches and Scouts
Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

Administration & Faculty

President Ed Huckeby, EdD
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 22
Student : Faculty Ratio 17 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 59 : 40
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100
International Faculty 4

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 44/100
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Acceptance Rate: 88.4% accepted of 405 applications

65% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
27% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
8% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite17 - 23
English16 - 20
Math17 - 25
 
SATMath440 - 605
Reading420 - 575
Writing410 - 570

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Level Of Applicants Interest, Character Personal Qualities, Religious Affiliation Commitment, Recommendations, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Academic GPA

Important: Application Essay, Interview, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Alumni Relation, Work Experience, Volunteer Work, Extracurricular Activities

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 2 0
English 4 0
Math 2 0
Science 2 0
Science Lab 2 0
Social Studies 2 0

Other Application Information: Single Highest Test Date SAT or ACT

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $17,597 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $19,898
$30K-$48K $19,394
$48K-$75K $20,651
$75K-$110K $22,197
$110K+ $21,733

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $13,470, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $13,470 Same as On-Campus
Fees $750 Same as On-Campus
Housing $6,100 $10,400
Books $2,000 $2,000
Total (before financial aid) $22,320 $26,620

Students Receiving Aid

86% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 71% $5,676
Federal Scholarships/Grants 77% $2,228
Institutional Grants 80% $2,680
Other Federal Grants 10% $200
Other Loans 3% $2,350
Pell Grants 67% $2,526
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 27% $1,500
Student Loans 74% $5,556

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at https://swcu.publishpath.com/financial-aid-policies.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.swcu.edu.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

16% of students graduated on time.

29% of students graduated in six years.

52% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Athletics

Athletics

Southwestern Christian University participates in the for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Tennis Jenny Marcos (Get recruited )
Golf Mark Arthur (Get recruited )
Soccer Neil Cagle (Get recruited )
Track and Field and Cross Country Paul Parent (Get recruited )
Baseball Kevin Thornton (Get recruited )
Basketball Quinn Woolridge (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Softball Kent Williams (Get recruited )
Soccer Greg Andrews (Get recruited )
Tennis Jenny Marcos (Get recruited )
Golf Mark Arthur (Get recruited )
Track and Field and Cross Country Ron Mitchell (Get recruited )
Cheerleading Stacy Moore (Get recruited )
Basketball Becky Mitchell (Get recruited )
Volleyball Kristen Wilson (Get recruited )

Rankings

Washington Monthly

#59 Baccalaureate Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#98 Baccalaureate Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#100 Baccalaureate Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#138 Baccalaureate Colleges - ROTC Rank
#158 Baccalaureate Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#177 Baccalaureate Colleges - Overall Rank
#205 Baccalaureate Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD rank
#251 Baccalaureate Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#310 Baccalaureate Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
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