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OBU Undergraduates Begin Online Learning for Remainder of Spring Semester

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star
OBU undergraduate students began their first day of fully online learning Monday, March 23, the first day following spring break. The University announced Friday, March 20, that the remainder of the spring semester would be taught online.

OBU staff member Bryce Schubert, audio/visual technical coordinator, demonstrates the University's online learning software on the first day of fully online learning for undergraduate students.

Oklahoma Baptist University undergraduate students began their first day of fully online learning Monday, March 23, the first day following spring break. The University announced Friday, March 20, that the remainder of the spring semester would be taught online. The University already teaches multiple master’s degree programs online.

OBU President Dr. Heath A. Thomas said in his March 20 statement, “At this time, I believe it is in the best interest of OBU to move to fully online for the remainder of the semester. Arriving at this decision was neither rash nor easy. I love what we do at OBU, as do you. But I believe it is in the interest of our entire community to move to fully online for the remainder of the spring semester. This action adheres to national and state guidelines for action in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, protects our students and campus community, and positions us to continue our quality instruction at OBU.”

The University is hosting prospective students through multiple virtual visit options in addition to in-person individual visits, and plans to holds its Preview Day Saturday, April 18, pending evaluation of current circumstances regarding the state of public health closer to that time.

Students interested in speaking with an admissions counselor, scheduling an individual visit, taking a virtual campus tour, or taking advantage of other options to experience OBU, may visit www.okbu.edu/admissions/virtual-visit.

With its campus located in Shawnee, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 88 fields of study and five master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 1,868, with students from 35 states and 34 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 28 consecutive years and Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years. OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. The Wall Street Journal ranks OBU second in the nation for student engagement among all U.S. colleges and universities. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 15 consecutive years.