Oklahoma Wesleyan University

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Motto A university where Jesus is Lord
Type Private
Religious affiliation
Wesleyan Church
Location , ,
Colors University Navy and Red
Nickname Eagles
Website www.okwu.edu

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is an evangelical Christian university of the Wesleyan Church located in Bartlesville, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma.


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.[1]

In 1972, OKWU merged with a Kansas school, Miltonvale Wesleyan College. OKWU then became a four-year college having about 1300 students.[1]

School information

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.[2]

On August 31, 2015 the school announced that it was withdrawing from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) because of a recent change in policy by two CCCU member schools to hire same-sex couples.[3]

The four pillars of the school

  1. 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.
  2. The priority of Scripture as the inerrant and authoritative written Word of God that guides us in all matters of faith, learning, and living.
  3. The practice of Wisdom as an objective, attainable reality grounded in the person and example of Jesus Christ and anchored in the Bible.
  4. 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.

Antecedent schools


  • 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.


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Official Athletics logo

Oklahoma Wesleyan teams, nicknamed athletically as the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and previously the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) until 2015.[9] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, soccer, softball, track & field, golf and volleyball.

Notable alumni


External links

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