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Top 10 spots that will make you fall in love with OCU

If you've never been to our campus (or have but it's been too long), you might be missing out on its most appealing locations. In this new era when we can't bring new visitors to OCU, we've decided to bring campus to you! Here's a non-comprehensive list of some of the university community's favorite spots:

1. Kerr-McGee Centennial Plaza

Kerr-McGee Centennial Plaza

Perhaps the first location to be seen by visitors, the plaza at 23rd and Blackwelder features statues of the three crowned Miss Americas affiliated with the university, Jane Jayroe, Susan Powell, and Shawntel Smith. Famous alumni, including opera star Leona Mitchell and Tony award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, are acknowledged with stars embedded in the floor of the plaza (Hollywood Walk of Fame-style). 


2. Gold Star Building

Construction began in 1949 on this historic building, which memorializes Americans who lost their lives in World War II. The star that rests at its top symbolizes the hope that the stars bring us and can be seen as far as 10 miles away. The building reaches 286 feet and serves as a reminder of home for the university community. 


3. Meinders School of Business

Located on the northeast side of campus, the Meinders School of Business opened in 2003 and is one of the largest capital investments in the history of Oklahoma City University at $18 million.


4. Jim Wade Stadium

This stadium has been the home of Oklahoma City University baseball since 1976. The spot has recently undergone several renova­tions, including new backstop, chairback seats and metal bleachers, dugout, scoreboard, sprinkler systems and stadium lights installed in recent years. It gets its name from Gen. Jim Wade, a former OCU baseball, basketball and football player and an OCU Athletic Hall of Famer.


5. OCU Law's Living Room

After moving to a new location in Midtown OKC, the OCU School of Law invested heavily in its new home to welcome students. It's hard to choose just one spot for this list, but it sure is beautiful. Other OCU Law highlights include its history room, patio-style plaza, and Chickasaw Nation Library.


6. Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel

One of the most breathtaking pieces of OCU's architecture, the Chapel was officially consecrated in 1968. It was designed by Famed MIT architect Pietro Belluschi, perhaps best known for the MetLife Building in New York City. Its most notable features include its 151-feet-high spire, 70 rank Holtkamp organ enhanced by excellent acoustics, and four striking stained glass windows representing each of the seasons.

  • Chapel Windows
  • Chapel West

7. George C. Jones Memorial Plaza

No matter the season, the plaza outside the Clara E. Jones Administration Building reminds us that we’re home. Named after a chemistry professor who stepped into an interim university president role during a time of hardships, this spot features several intricate designs kept intact by a dedicated landscaping team. Its location between the Kerr-McGee Centennial Plaza and Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center makes it a heavily trafficked and iconic spot.


8. Wanda L. Bass Music Center/Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center

OCU’s dedication to the performing arts is greatly showcased through the Bass Music Center and Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center. Complete with practice rooms, multiple performance spaces, and a costume design lab, these joined centers serve as a state-of-the-art facility for creative students. The Naifeh Student Garden, a sunken garden with a water feature and assorted seasonal plants to the west of the music building, also provides a breath of fresh air and tranquility.

  • Kirkpatrick Stage
  • Sunken Garden
  • Sunken Garden

9. The Quad

Students and alumni will tell you that if any spot encapsulates their time at OCU, it’s the Quad. Here you’ll find students (and employees!) practicing yoga, reading, playing board games, or even napping in the fresh air. It’s the perfect between-classes or on-your-lunch-break haven. Since it's perfectly located right in the middle of campus, it's pretty hard to miss and convenient to hang out right next to the Dulaney-Browne LibraryAnn Lacy School of Dance and American Entertainment, and the Tom and Brenda McNeil University Center.


10. Nona Jean Hulsey Art Gallery

This spot, located in the Norick Art Center on the Oklahoma City University Campus, is the focus of the university's participation in the visual arts. The gallery provides a contemporary exhibition space for significant and challenging exhibitions by local and national artists and art organizations. There’s always something new to see here. 


Interested in seeing more of the OCU campus? (We know photos don't do it justice.) Campus tours are currently closed due to the surrounding area's COVID-19 numbers, but you can take a guided virtual tour here or check out all our buildings and outdoor areas here

Did your favorite spot make the list? Email us at communications@okcu.edu to let us know where you feel most at home on campus, and we might add it!