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Bartlesville Today



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Go Ahead, Mix Business and Pleasure...

With a balanced mixture of natural resources and abundant space, Bartlesville has grown to be the home of more than 34,000 people. While it's true that many of residents work in the energy industry with companies like ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, and Schlumberger, there also exists a large, diverse employment base that continues to expand.

Outside of work, people who relocated to Bartlesville are amazed by the number of things there are to do. With an extensive park and trail system, world class festivals, ballet, theatre, live concerts, museums and more, there is always something to do. Downtown Bartlesville has been coming to life in recent years, with new restaurants, a Hilton Garden Inn hotel, fantastically preserved and beautifully restored architecture, art galleries, festivals, block parties, and a very popular Farmer's Market.


Each year citizens and visitors enjoy the diversity and entertainment of the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, Civic Ballet, Choral Society, Community Concert Association, Theater Bartlesville and Children’s Musical Theatre. Bartlesville is host to the world class music festival OK Mozart. The OK Mozart Festival brings internationally recognized musicians and artists to the area every year, along with spectators and media attention from all over the world.


Woolaroc is one of the area’s top attractions, boasting a 3,700 acre wildlife preserve, one of American’s finest museums, nature trails and the historic Frank Phillips Lodge. Area visitors can see exhibits on art, architecture, history and science at the Price Tower Arts Center. An architectural wonder, the Bartlesville Community Center was designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Other attractions in the area include the frontier town museum at Prairie Song, Keepsake Candle Factory and Country Store, the Phillips Petroleum Museum and the beautiful 11-mile jogging and biking trail throughout the city known as Pathfinder parkway.

Diversity in Resources

Bartlesville has enjoyed a long history of natural resources, but today there is so much more. With two universities, plus a fantastic technical training facility, Bartlesville produces a wealth of educated citizens who are ready for work in many different industries. Bartlesville's diverse cultural heritage includes a large Native American population and well as many other ethnic groups that create a rich array of cultures and traditions.

The people of Bartlesville create a close community, while enjoying varied cultural experiences that can often only be seen in larger cities.

Setting a Course for Success

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Bartlesville has begun its second century with industrial and economic growth while remaining proud of its Native American Indian and western heritage. From its frontier trade and petroleum beginnings to its present diversity of manufacturing, research, ranching, and commerce, the Bartlesville area presents a unique blend of cosmopolitan attitude mixed with neighborly friendliness. Located in the heart of America’s Sunbelt, the city’s schools, library and civic organizations continually produce the finest students, forums and cultural events in the region. With such a rich heritage as its foundation, Bartlesville’s growth and future will no doubt be legendary as its past.


Higher Education

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Bartlesville is home to two outstanding universities that offer studies in Humanities, Science and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Science, Business Leadership, Education, Nursing, Communication, Fine Arts, Technology, Marketing and more.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the primacy of Jesus Christ, the priority of Scripture, the pursuit of Truth, and the practice of Wisdom.

Rogers State University

Tradition. Innovation. Excellence. The university’s dedication to these ideals is a primary reason that RSU is Oklahoma’s fastest growing university. At RSU, you’ll find a university large enough to provide a traditional college experience. But you’ll also find a close-knit campus community that will help you build memories, succeed in college, and reach your career and life goals. RSU is focused on academic excellence, innovative teaching methods, convenient classes, support for all students, a thriving student life, and a wide variety of academic programs to suit almost any interest.