University of Tulsa

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800 S. Tucker Drive

Tulsa, OK 74104

Phone: (918) 631-2000
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#86 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Tulsa is a private institution that was founded in 1894. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,160, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 209 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Tulsa's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 86. Its tuition and fees are $33,702 (2013-14).

Students at the University of Tulsa leave with two transcripts: an academic one and a co-curricular one. The CCT, as the latter is known, is a log of all membership in clubs, any leadership positions and any marketable skills a student has gained while in college. To beef up a CCT, students can get involved in more than 200 student clubs and organizations. The school’s Greek system has more than 10 fraternities and sororities. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, unless they commute from a parent's home within 20 miles of campus. Students who are at least 21 years old or married may live off campus, too. The Golden Hurricane sports teams are members of the Division I American Athletic Conference, and the school’s mascot is a superhero named Captain Cane. Students can join in Hurricane Thursdays, campus celebrations that alternate between carnivals, concerts and more. The TU campus is two miles away from downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, a city of about half a million people that is home to performing arts centers, museums, shops and nightclubs. The state capital of Oklahoma City is about 100 miles away.

The University of Tulsa is known for its petroleum engineering programs, which are taught in a $16 million facility complete with drilling simulator. Any student, regardless of major, can get involved in research projects as early as freshman year. TU is also home to one of the first college campus mosques in the country, which was built with the help of private funds. Notable TU alumni include Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith. Television psychologist Dr. Phil (Phillip McGraw) attended the University of Tulsa before transferring to another school.

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

The University of Tulsa is a private, mid-size, selective university with a 11-to-1 students to faculty ratio. Personalized challenges, student achievement and leadership in computer security programs (where TU produces a disproportionate number of doctorates) are TU hallmarks. TU students are rigorously tested through programs including the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, which engages qualified students in mentored research, concentrated study and service learning. TU students routinely win prestigious
honors: 57 Goldwater Scholarships (since 1989), 50 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships (since 1996), 11 Truman Scholarships (since 1988), 9 Udall Scholarships (since 1998), 5 British Marshall Scholarships (since 1998), and other significant awards.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1894
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $802,455,123


When applying to University of Tulsa, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of Tulsa is $50. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 40.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 97.6 percent.

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

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 40.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Tulsa is 11:1, and the school has 62.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Tulsa include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Visual and Performing Arts; Social Sciences; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 46%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Engineering 19%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Social Sciences 7%
Health Professions and Related Programs 5%

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Student Life

University of Tulsa has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,160, with a gender distribution of 56.7 percent male students and 43.3 percent female students. At this school, 74 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 26 percent of students live off campus. University of Tulsa is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,326
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

University of Tulsa offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Tulsa 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 University of Tulsa, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Tulsa.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Tulsa, 41.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,826.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $33,702 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,426 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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