SCU was established in 1946 by the International Pentecostal Holiness Church as Southwestern Bible College. In the 1960's, the student population increased and as various junior college programs were developed, the institution received accreditation from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Southwestern Christian University is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution that equips students for a life of learning, leadership, and service; integrating faith, learning, and living; and empowering graduates to excel and to positively impact their world for Jesus Christ.
In serving the Institutional Research function, the office collects, analyzes, appraises, reports and disseminates data on behalf of the University, its executive administration and its educational leaders for the purpose of promoting evidence-based reflection, planning, and action. The OIE provides information and conducts research studies to comply with federal, state and other reporting mandates, and to assess policy, programs and special initiatives.
SCU strives to provide job and internship opportunities for all SCU students and alumni.
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The campus library contains information in several formats, including 30,000 volumes, reference books, computers, online databases, instructional DVD's, and periodicals. It is open late almost every night and on Saturday afternoon. Most volumes may be checked out for a two week period. Fines are issued for materials not returned within the specified time limit.
All students have easy access to internet ready computers in the Library and Information Center and a tutorial lab. These resources support the academic endeavors of the classroom. Trained individuals are there to answer questions and encourage good study habits.
SCU has a medical facility on campus run by Tri City Family Clinic. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm..
Living on campus is a unique experience for every student, as it provides an atmosphere where they will be challenged to grow as they build meaningful relationships with their peers. The Housing and Residence Life staff is committed to student development and our staff is equipped to ensure that all residential students are provided with the optimal learning and living environment during their stay on campus. Our Housing and Residence Life staff consists of a Director of Housing and Resident Life, two full-time Resident Directors (RDs), and nine Resident Assistants (RAs).
Southwestern Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association Colleges and Schools, and is approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to operate as a degree-granting institution of higher education.
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