Patten University originated as the Oakland Bible Institute founded by Dr. Bebe Patten, an evangelical preacher in 1944. The institute was renamed Patten University in 1960. It is now organized into the following four academic divisions.
The five acre campus of Patten University is located in southern downtown Oakland, across from San Francisco bay. It is three miles from the Lakeside Park surrounding the 155 acre lake Merritt.
The athletic teams of Patten University are known as the Lions. The institution offers many scholarships including athletic scholarships, the Friberg music scholarship, the Tom Patten chair of music scholarship and the Jerry Clark memorial scholarship.
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