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Scholarship opportunities at OCU

If you’re beginning to look into college options, chances are you’re taking cost into account. We know the price tag on a private college education can seem intimidating, but at Oklahoma City University we do everything we can to make it easier for you to choose a college based on what it has to offer, instead of what it costs. For first-year students, the scholarships OCU offers help us do just that.

Scholarships abound for first-year students at OCU. Students who graduate high school with at least a 3.0 grade point average can expect to automatically receive scholarship funds through the OCU Academic Merit Scholarship.

If you are a student entering OCU to study in the Petree College of Arts & Sciences, Meinders School of Business or Kramer School of Nursing, you’ll receive the following scholarship amount upon admission:

  • 3.8+ GPA: $13,000 per year
  • 3.4-3.79 GPA: $10,500 per year
  • 3.0-3.39 GPA: $8,000 per year

For students who maintain at least a 3.0 through college, that amount will renew in full each year – reducing tuition by as much as $52,000 over four years before any other scholarships are added.

The OCU Academic Merit Scholarship is awarded on a different scale for students who plan to study in the Ann Lacy School of American Dance & Entertainment, Wanda L. Bass School of Music or the School of Theatre:

  • 3.8+ GPA: $4,000 per year
  • 3.4-3.79 GPA: $3,000 per year
  • 3.0-3.39 GPA: $2,000 per year

Additionally, students admitted to one of the Performing Arts programs may be offered a generous talent-based scholarship during the audition process. These talent awards can be stacked with an OCU Academic Merit Scholarship up to the cost of full tuition.

Other scholarships automatically awarded include the Game Design & Animation Scholarship and the Esports Management Scholarship. Students admitted to these respective programs with at least a 2.75 GPA will receive $6,000 per year (GD&A) and $5,000 per year (Esports) upon admission. Both awards are renewed annually for students who continue in the program and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. These two scholarships are stackable with other university scholarships up to the cost of the block tuition rate.

Competitive scholarships are also available in all of the above-mentioned colleges/programs and in the Wimberly School of Religion, plus opportunities are available through the United Methodist Church and ROTC. You can learn more about OCU scholarship opportunities on our website.

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