Oral Roberts University

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7777 S. Lewis Avenue

Tulsa, OK 74171

Phone: (918) 495-6161
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#54 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Oral Roberts University is a private institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,782, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 323 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Oral Roberts University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 54. Its tuition and fees are $22,438 (2013-14).

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a Christian institution in Tulsa, Okla., that was founded by Evanglist Oral Roberts. It’s not uncommon for a professor to begin class with a prayer and, outside of class, students can check out worship sessions on campus and mission trips away from Tulsa. Undergraduates under the age of 25 are required to live on the school’s campus, unless they petition for commuter status. For those who do commute from in and around Tulsa, the university offers an online community for commuters to virtually connect with one another, find out about campus events, and get weekly updates on school news. Student athletes compete as the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, members of the NCAA Division I Summit League.

To encourage ethnic diversity, Oral Roberts teams up with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and operates a year-round Hispanic Center on campus, which helps students overcome language barriers and transition into college life. Oral Roberts University also offers a variety of graduate degrees through academic departments including the School of Education. Notable alumni of Oral Roberts University include Ryan Tedder, lead singer of the band OneRepublic, and television personality and Today Show cohost Kathie Lee Gifford.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Oral Roberts University employs a comprehensive rubric-evaluated University-wide ePortfolio system to assess its mission-focused learning outcomes as indicators of student progress. Students track their progress, while documenting that their educational experiences encompass more than academics. Data from student artifacts (essays, lab reports, video clips, reflection on co-curricular activities, etc.) are aggregated and disaggregated to measure student success and to make informed decisions for improvement of student learning through curricular and pedagogical refinements. Faculty members intentionally interact with students to inform them regarding their learning progress. Faculty members also regularly meet together to share ideas for improving assessment processes.

Examples of recent course-linked service learning projects include the following: providing classes in English as a Second Language to non-English speaking residents; assisting with the development of a poverty-area business association; facilitating implementation of an inner city community's economic development plan; conducting enrichment classes and programs (character development, drama, music, art) for students in elementary schools; devising a public relations campaign to promote a better image of assets and strengths in the inner-city community and to publicize service-learning efforts; developing small groups of women in four apartment complexes to assist with self-esteem development and readiness for employment; assisting with the development and maintenance of tenant associations in three low-income apartment complexes; organizing four support groups for residents of a Tulsa Housing Authority complex for the disabled; providing computer-training classes for residents utilizing facilities in low-income, high risk neighborhoods; and providing health care and counseling services for members of the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, as well as to residents of Tar Creek, who suffer from health problems related to a long history of mining lead and zinc.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1963
Religious affiliation Christian interdenominational
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $40,115,859


When applying to Oral Roberts University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 10. The application fee at Oral Roberts University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 52.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 52.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 10

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Oral Roberts University is 15:1, and the school has 57.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Oral Roberts University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Theology and Religious Vocations; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Theology and Religious Vocations 13%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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Student Life

Oral Roberts University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,782, with a gender distribution of 42.7 percent male students and 57.3 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus. Oral Roberts University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,335
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Oral Roberts University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Oral Roberts University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Oral Roberts University, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Oral Roberts University.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Oral Roberts University, 78.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,740.

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Tuition and fees $22,438 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,296 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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