Southwestern Christian Universitywas the first Pentecostal educational institution in the state. While it was established as a Bible college for the training of Christian church leaders within the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, the denomination planned to quickly expand the school into a junior college.
SCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. It is approved by the General Department of Church Education Ministries of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church for training ministers, missionaries, and Christian workers and is approved by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to offer Bible and theology courses for teacher certification for Christian day schools.
Southwestern Christian teams, nicknamed athletically as the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC). The Eagles also compete as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I level. Men’s sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women’s sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. In 2014, basketball player Tyler Inman won the NAIA dunk contest and was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters.