Oklahoma Christian University is one of the most technologically advanced schools in the state.
OC students already receive a MacBook laptop and their choice of an iPhone or iPod Touch to operate on the totally wireless campus. This fall, they can pay an upgrade cost and receive an iPad.
But technology is only one reason more than 2,200 students choose to attend the university on its 240-acre campus in far north Oklahoma City, campus officials say.
"It's an exciting time to be at Oklahoma Christian because of the impact that our students are making in the community and the world," said Bill Goad, executive vice president.
Goad mentioned several service projects students are involved in locally: mentoring grade-schoolers at Western Village Elementary School in Oklahoma City; nursing students help at inner-city clinics; and others who help with science classes and the annual science fair at Dove Academy.
And the ministry reaches beyond the nation. Students annually visit Honduras, Goad said, where they help with medical and other needs. One student-led initiative, Wishing Well, is taking water to areas around the world that don't have safe, clean drinking water.
"We're excited in what our students do off campus in service work, but we're equally excited about the academic excellence they achieve on campus," Goad said.
Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Oklahoma Christian has 14 academic departments in three colleges — arts and sciences, biblical studies and professional studies. Students can choose from more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study.
The college also offers a fast-track MBA program, along with Master of Ministry and Master of Divinity programs.
This year's graduation marks the 10-year anniversary of OC's MBA program. In that time, more than 1,000 students have graduated, with many of those working in the Oklahoma City area today, college administrators say.
The university continues to grow in other ways as well.
This fall, the school's Noble Science wing will open with new classrooms, labs and faculty offices, Goad said.
The university in July held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Bobby Murcer Indoor Training Facility for the school's baseball team. Officials hope construction will be finished in September.