Southwestern Christian University is located on a beautifully wooded campus in the Bethany area of metropolitan Oklahoma City, one of the major cities of the Southwest. With an area population of about one million, the greater Oklahoma City area provides a large number and variety of churches, and job and enrichment opportunities for students.
The campus of SWCU adjoins the Research and Development Center of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, the university's parent body. This allows for interchange with the denominational leadership on academic, professional and social levels.
SWCU enjoys a relatively new campus. All of the buildings have been erected since the summer of 1984. The campus facilities include:
L. D. Patrick Building
This 10,000 square foot facility includes the Ollie Bell Cafetorium which serves as the dining hall of the university. Included in the cafetorium is a modern commercial kitchen and a seating area for 300.
In addition to the cafetorium, the Patrick Building includes the beautifully furnished Rena Patrick dining room which seats about 30. This dining room is used to entertain special guests of the university. The Patrick Building also includes four classrooms and a student lounge.
Courtyard Of The Flags. The beautiful Courtyard is situated in front of the Patrick Building.
Bell Student Center, Irvin Hall & Light Hall
This facility provides student housing for both men and women.
This facility, erected in 2006, provides common areas and housing for both men and women.
This lovely and restful area features tributes from graduating classes and alums honoring faculty, staff, alums, and leaders. Pause here and read the stones and enjoy the bench and the lamppost.
North Hall (2011)
Opening Fall 2011, this newest residence hall will feature two floors of living space and a common area flexible enough to use as classroom space and special events.
Tripp Student Center & Pickens~Springer Gymnasium
This expanded and renovated facility provides a wide variety of student recreational activities as well as a full size basketball court, volleyball court, and locker rooms. It is also the location of many formal convocations of the university.
C. H. Springer Learning Center
This facility houses the SWCU Library and Information Centers, and serves as the academic hub of the campus. On the ground floor is SWCU's modern library, growing every year and contains about 30,000 resources. The library includes resources in both religion and general education, in several formats, as well as reference materials and periodicals (print and via databases). The Library and Information Center also house the Computer Lab with internet access and a variety of programs for word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet design. The library is also wireless to provide more students with space to study and work.
All books and materials in the library are cataloged by Library of Congress classification. The library has a collection designated the Pentecostal Research Center (PRC). This section of the collection is comprised of books by Pentecostal authors and about Pentecostalism. It is also home to the Noel Brooks Collection, holding the library and papers of a mid-century Pentecostal scholar, and the SWCU Archives Collection.
The second floor of the C.H. Springer Learning Center serves as the administrative center of the university. The offices of the president, academic affairs, student affairs, business affairs, internet technology, and financial aid are on this floor.
The Roberson Building/Graduate School of Ministry/Minchew Auditorium
This complex houses the graduate school offices, classrooms, a conference room, faculty offices, and the campus auditorium.
School of Professional Studies/ABLE
Located at the corner of NE 39th Expressway and Davis, this facility houses the adult degree completion program. This progressive program allows working adults to get a degree by attending school just one night a week.
These historic mini-bungalows were built in the 1920's when the hillside was the sight of an orphanage and elder care facility of the Catholic Church. Currently they provide office space for faculty and staff.