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A Brief History of OKCU

Oklahoma City University was chartered as Epworth University on September 1, 1904. The first students attended class in one all-purpose building. One hundred and sixteen students enrolled that fall. The original building is still standing and forms part of Epworth United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.

Surviving the storms of financial difficulties, the university moved to Guthrie in the fall of 1911. Classes were conducted in the old Oklahoma Territory capitol building. At this time the name was changed to Methodist University of Oklahoma. In 1922, the name was changed to Oklahoma City College. The college was relocated to its present location in Oklahoma City. The current administration building housed both classrooms and student dormitories. In 1924, the college was renamed Oklahoma City University.

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Enrollment: More than 1,700 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students from 46 states and 43 foreign countries

Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Average class size for freshmen: 17

Average class size for upperclassmen: 13

Campus: 104 park-like acres in the heart of Oklahoma City

Affiliation: Private United Methodist university established in 1904

Faculty: More than 78 percent of faculty hold highest degrees in their fields; no classes taught by graduate assistants

Involvement: More than 60 student organizations, including six national fraternities and sororities

National Rankings: Consistently ranked as a top-tier, master's-level university by U.S. News & World Report

Financial Aid: More than 90 percent of students receive academic, merit, performance or need-based financial aid

Workplace: Named a "Great College to Work For" by Chronicle of Higher Education