I've sent you a PM but wanted to respond to your message here as well! Yes, I think the biggest shocker to you coming from California will be the enormous difference in housing and cost-of-living expenses in general. I have a few internet buddies out in CA, as well as a couple of friends from HS out there, and they simply can't get over how comparatively inexpensive homes are here.
And I think you will like OKC and the people here. One of my classmates moved here from Washington - same situation getting into nursing school as in CA - and she has remarked about how NICE and FRIENDLY people are here - she said it was a little disconcerting at first though to have strangers smile, make eye contact and say hi or make conversation with her.
The area around OCU is a little odd to me - just a huge diversity in the type/quality of housing surrounding the campus so be careful about making a decision about where you live - there are some really beautiful areas around OCU and other pockets that are a little... sketchy. I would be happy to help you find something if you want to live off campus. OCU campus itself is beautiful and there is 24 hour patrol/security. I have a couple of classmates that live on campus so I will ask them how they like it - I think the campus apartments look really nice and OCU is currently building another dorm. My husband and I have a home about 1.5 miles away in a historic preservation district and its great to live so close and a really quiet and safe neighborhood (actually, the lowest crime rate of any neighborhood in OKC, virtually nada) - my commute is about 6 minutes from my garage to the front door of KSN!
As for financing... there are scholarships available as well as federal financial aid. Generally, you just have to apply for EVERYTHING you come across - whether it is $50, $500, or $5000 because every little bit helps! It's a pain... but it's kinda just what you gotta do...
Anyhow, hope that helps a bit - just give me a call or email and we can chat more.
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I'm glad to hear all of the great comments about OCU. I have been accepted there for the January class of the accelerated BSN.
I live in California and have not visited OKC or the campus yet. It seems like a decent city and the housing is quite inexpensive compared to here. Seems like many housing opps near to the campus. ANyone know how it is living on campus? Or the area nearby?
Also, I'm interested to know what scholarships people have gotten since it is very expensive as you all say. And how is the school's nursing program viewed by the employment world at large?
Please feel free to pm if you would prefer.