Oklahoma Wesleyan University
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|Oklahoma Wesleyan Church|
|Location||Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA|
|Athletics||NAIA – MCAC
(KCAC from 2015-16)
Oklahoma Wesleyan University was founded by the Wesleyan Church to provide higher education within a Christian environment for Wesleyan youth. Central Pilgrim College its predecessor, was founded on the campus in Bartlesville, Oklahoma from a series of mergers of several schools: the Colorado Bible College (Colorado Springs, Colorado), the Pilgrim Bible College (Pasadena, California), and the Holiness Evangelistic Institute (El Monte, California). Central Pilgrim College was renamed Bartlesville Wesleyan College in 1968, following a merger of the Pilgrim Holiness Church and the Wesleyan Methodist Church to become the Weslayan Church. In August 2001, Bartlesville Wesleyan College became Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
In 1972, OKWU merged with a Kansas school, Miltonvale Wesleyan College. OKWU then became a four-year college having about 1300 students.
"A university where Jesus is Lord."
OKWU offers over 35 majors through its traditional campus program. There are approximately 900 students, with 420 on the main campus and 480 at OKWU campuses around Oklahoma.
The four pillars of the school
- The primacy of Jesus Christ as the incarnate Son of God, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, who is the lens for all learning and the Lord of our daily lives.
- The priority of Scripture as the inerrant and authoritative written Word of God that guides us in all matters of faith, learning, and living.
- The practice of Wisdom as an objective, attainable reality grounded in the person and example of Jesus Christ and anchored in the Bible.
- The pursuit of Truth as the goal for all members of the university community, who work to promote healing and wholeness in a broken culture and hurting world.
- Bartlesville Wesleyan College
- Miltonvale Wesleyan College
- Central Pilgrim College
- Holiness Evangelistic Institute
- Pilgrim Bible College
- Colorado Springs Bible College
- 1909 – Miltonvale Wesleyan College is founded in Miltonvale, Kansas.
- 1910 – Colorado Springs Bible College is founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- 1917 – Pilgrim Bible College is founded in Pasadena, California.
- 1932 – Holiness Evangelistic Institute is founded in El Monte, California.
- 1959 – Colorado Springs Bible College, Pilgrim Bible College and Holiness Evangelistic Institute merge to become Central Pilgrim College in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
- 1968 – The Pilgrim Holiness Church and Wesleyan Methodist Church merge to become the Wesleyan Church. Central Pilgrim College becomes Bartlesville Wesleyan College.
- 1972 – Miltonvale Wesleyan College and Bartlesville Wesleyan College merge and retain the Bartlesville Wesleyan College name.
- 2001 – Bartlesville Wesleyan College becomes Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
The President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University is Dr. Everett Piper.
Oklahoma Wesleyan teams, nicknamed athletically as the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, soccer, softball, track & field, golf and volleyball. It was announced on June 23, 2014 that OWU will join the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference on July 1, 2015.
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- Linda D. Wilson, "Oklahoma Weslayan University." Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "FAQ - Undergraduate". Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
- OKWU joins the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in July 2015
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