A unique history; a promising future
For 140 years, Bacone College has served as more than another building of higher education. Founded as Indian University in 1880, the school began classes in “Indian Territory” well before Oklahoma was formed.
Today, five Oklahoma Tribes charter Bacone College. They are the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, and Kiowa Tribe.
Bacone College was not formed as an “ivory tower” escape from the world. Instead, it was planted in the midst of upheaval and conflict. Bacone was founded to inspire students to rise above the injustices of their day.
Though Bacone College is a historically Native American serving college and maintains that portion of its mission, our student body includes women and men from diverse backgrounds: Tribal, Hispanic, African-American, and Anglo. Likewise, the best of our Christian heritage (originally founded and supported by the American Baptist Churches, USA) undergirds our life together – without mandating it for anyone. Today Bacone College is moving away from private-college status toward its goal to become a public Tribal College.
Bacone was founded to equip students to not just enter the world — but to help them transform their world. Our students still are given the knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve as successful leaders – now in the 21st Century. Join us!