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Rochester Hills, MI 48309-4401
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Oakland University

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Introduction

Most of the time, when people think of the United States auto industry, it’s Detroit, Michigan that comes to mind, not the small city of Rochester, about 25 miles to the auto capital’s north. However, Rochester has the widow of car manufacturer John Dodge to thank for one of the city’s most notable locations: Oakland University.

John Dodge was the co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Cars, a company which quickly gained prosperity in the early days of the auto industry. Dodge and his wife Matilda purchased a 320-acre farm in Rochester in 1908, and when Dodge died in 1920, Matilda became a wealthy widow with a large parcel of land. After Matilda married lumber broker Alfred Wilson, the two expanded the farm into a 1,500-acre estate on which they built a mansion they christened Meadow Brook Hall. In 1957, the Wilsons donated the estate and $2 million to Michigan State University with the aim of establishing a new college in Oakland County.

Oakland University opened in 1959 as a branch of Michigan State University, enrolling 570 students. In 1963, the first graduating class of 125 students received diplomas, and that same year, the college’s name was changed to Oakland University.

In 2009, the public university canceled classes for several days at the start of its fall semester due to a faculty strike, but professors soon returned to the classroom after reaching an agreement with the university on a three-year contract.

Today, Oakland University’s enrollment averages more than 18,000 students each fall, and the college counts more than 80,000 graduates among its alumni.

Though there is an abundance of activities in which to participate on-campus, college students who wish to take a break from campus life can browse one of downtown Rochester’s salons, restaurants, shops, and other businesses. Nature lovers can visit any of the city’s three parks and hike or bike on the trails, or they can simply take in the beauty of the waterways that surround Rochester, a city situated in the Clinton River Valley amid the Clinton River, Stoney Creek, and Paint Creek.

Academics

One of 82 doctoral/research universities in the nation, as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Oakland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association. The student-to-faculty ratio is 19 to 1, and 94 percent of the school’s faculty have doctoral degrees.

The college offers 134 baccalaureate programs, as well as 124 graduate and certificate programs in such fields of study as business, education, engineering, health sciences, and the arts. Students interested in the field of health sciences can choose to attend the William Beaumont School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, or the School of Health Sciences. Oakland’s College of Arts and Sciences includes majors from music, theatre and dance to the biological sciences.

Students of the medical school will practice at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, a teaching and research hospital ranked the best Detroit metro-area hospital. The facility also was highly rated in six specialty categories on U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 list of America’s Best Hospitals.

The schools of nursing and education offer several programs that may be taken completely or partially online, and the School of Health Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences each allow students to attend some of their courses online. Specific online classes are also available in numerous other majors. In addition, the university features a concurrent enrollment program in conjunction with Macomb Community College and a continuing education program. Oakland University has several summer programs to meet students’ needs, and there are opportunities to study abroad in more than a dozen locations around the world.

Qualified students may be admitted to the university’s Honors College, where small classes of 10 to 20 students encourage student-teacher interaction and independent thought. The Honors College is open to all students, whether incoming freshmen, transfers or current students, who meet the minimum academic requirements. Incoming freshmen must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average and a minimum ACT score of 25 to qualify. Students transferring from another college or from within Oakland University must have a 3.5 GPA and undergo an on-site interview.

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Admissions

Freshmen applicants to one of Oakland University’s undergraduate programs should complete an online application and submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores, along with a completed downloadable high school counselor form. Transcripts and the counselor form should be sent directly from the school and bear the seal of that institution; documents marked “issued to student” will not be accepted. Test scores should also be sent directly to the university.

Transfer students who have compiled at least 24 college credits and a 2.5 GPA will be considered for admission. Applicants should submit an online application and college transcripts and should apply by January for the fall term, by September for the winter term, and by December for the spring or summer.

Financial Aid

Though Oakland University is known as one of the most affordable universities in Michigan, more than 60 percent of students receive financial aid from federal, state or private sources, or from the college itself. All students seeking financial aid should first fill out the FAFSA form to determine eligibility for federal aid in the form of such funding as Pell Grants. Both the state of Michigan and the university also offer grants, including Oakland’s 100% Tuition Grant, awarded to a first-time student who is a Michigan resident in financial need.

The university also sponsors numerous scholarships, awarded on the basis of financial need, academic merit, affiliation with specific majors or programs, or a combination of these criteria. All incoming freshmen, for example, are automatically considered for academic merit scholarships upon acceptance to Oakland University.

In addition, scholarships can be garnered from such outside sources as the Imagine Fund or the Sell Used Books College Essay Contest. Students can also find scholarships for which they are eligible on websites such as FastWeb.com.

Federal students loans, such as the Stafford Loan and the Parent PLUS, and private loans are another option of which many students take advantage.

The university recommends applying for financial aid as early as possible. Students with questions can contact Oakland’s financial aid office for assistance.

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Students

Oakland University is home to more than 15,000 undergraduate students and 3,000 graduate students, and those who choose to live among the campus’s many acres of meadows and woodlands can do so at any of five co-ed residence halls and six student apartment buildings. Residence halls are dormitory-style, and laundry rooms, cable television, and wireless internet are available. The Ann V. Nicholson student apartment complex features private baths, and rent includes basic cable, internet, and garbage disposal. In addition, residents can visit the Community House, a lounge area overlooking the basketball and volleyball courts and equipped with internet service, a big-screen TV, and two fireplaces.

Matthews Court Student Townhomes offer similar living arrangements to the Nicholson complex but are open only to juniors, seniors, or graduate students.

Students may also choose to live in learning communities, groups of students sharing living quarters, as well as similar interests or majors. There are also four Greek cottages shared by upperclassmen who belong to specific organizations or programs.

Among those organizations may be one of Oakland University’s 11 Greek houses.

Fraternities

  • Sigma Pi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi

Sororities:

  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta

In addition to the active Greek life, Oakland University has many other recreational options for students, including an art gallery, theatre, and the Meadow Brook Music Festival. There are numerous club sports open to all students, encompassing everything from aikido and cricket to fencing and equestrian activities. In addition, there is a long list of intramural sports and activities, including typical offerings like table tennis and basketball but also featuring such novelties as Texas Hold ’Em tournaments and Wii bowling tournaments.

Students with a journalistic bent may be interested in joining the Oakland Post, the university’s independent student-run newspaper, or WXOU, the college radio station, which broadcasts at 88.3 FM.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

In addition to its club and intramural offerings, Oakland University boasts a plethora of NCAA Division I sports. Teams were known as the Pioneers from the 1950s until 1997, when the school moved up from Division II to Division I and the athletic programs were renamed the Golden Grizzlies.

Men

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field

Women

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Altogether, the Golden Grizzlies have amassed 20 regular-season titles, 38 tournament championships, and 28 NCAA appearances. In 2011, the men’s basketball team made its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The men’s swimming and diving team made the NCAA tournament four straight years from 2005 to 2009, and the women’s soccer team appeared in the NCAA tournament three consecutive seasons from 2001 to 2004.

Additionally, the school boasts 1,366 academic all-league selections in the history of its athletics department.

Bibliography

  • Associated Press. “Oakland University eyes second straight trip to NCAA tourney.” Daily Tribune. Mount Clemens, MI. 9 Feb. 2011. Print.
  • Downtown Rochester. Web. 14 May 2011. <http://www.downtownrochestermi.com/>.
  • Oakland University, Rochester, MI. Web. 14 May 2011. <http://www.oakland.edu/>.
  • Williams June, Audrey. “Strike Settled, Oakland U. Professors Return to the Classroom.” Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington, D.C. 10 Sept. 2009. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Michigan and 706th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Michigan and 145th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 7 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 9 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.03
Arrest 16 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 8 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 16 0.13
Larceny 126 0.99
Vehicle theft 8 0.06

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Rochester Hills, MI 48309-4401
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population28,124 (28,124 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,288 (2.58 people per house)
Median Household Income$81,444
Families7,631 (3.06 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2611

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 950th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,108 $11,108 $24,736
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $370 $370 $825
FT Graduate Tuition $14,820 $14,820 $24,648
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $618 $618 $1,027
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,751 $21,751 $35,011
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,887 $22,887 $36,147
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,841 $15,841 $29,101

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $46,249 $46,249
Medical Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,938 $10,230 $9,938 $10,230 $23,190 $23,873
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,362(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,986 $8,208
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,340 $1,836
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,280 $7,060
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,620 $4,312
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,620 $4,312

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 12,019 (4,905 male / 7,114 female)
Admitted 7,933 (3,238 male / 4,695 female)
Admission rate 66%
First-time Enrollment 2,569 (1,124 male / 1,445 female)
FT Enrollment 2,453 (1,064 male / 1,389 female)
PT Enrollment 116 (60 male / 56 female)
Total Enrollment20,169

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Horizon League
NCAA Baseball Conference Horizon League
NCAA Track & Field Conference Horizon League

ACT Test Admission

518th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,262
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 83 239 69 139 14 2,939 228 3,732
Accounting 3 6 1 9 86 9 115
Acting 1 2 3
Actuarial Science 5 5
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
African Studies
Anthropology 1 1 12 14
Applied Mathematics, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 12 12
Biochemistry 1 2 21 4 28
Biological/Biosystems Engineering 1 1 13 1 16
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 6 3 6 116 11 147
Biomedical Sciences, General
Biophysics
Business Administration and Management, General 8 1 3 9 84 5 110
Business/Commerce, General 5 4 1 1 53 9 73
Business/Managerial Economics 2 3 1 6
Chemistry, General 4 2 20 1 27
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 2 19 22
Communication, General 2 25 3 1 137 11 179
Computer Engineering, General 1 10 2 13
Computer Hardware Engineering 2 2 1 5 1 11
Computer Software Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General 4 1 20 26
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 4 1 9 14
Conducting
Corrections
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 10 2 1 2 82 3 102
Creative Writing 1 3 4
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Curriculum and Instruction 1 17 18
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 1 1
Dance, General 9 1 10
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Drawing 11 11
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 12 2 1 35 2 53
East Asian Studies 1 4 5
Economics, General 1 7 8
Education, Other 1 1
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 12 4 63 5 84
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 7 1 5 39 2 54
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 2 9 1 201 16 233
Engineering Chemistry 1 4 5
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 1
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management 1 8 9
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 3 2 84 9 102
Environmental Health 8 8
Environmental Science 1 7 8
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 2 3 21 1 27
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 13 14
Finance, General 2 4 3 1 47 4 61
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1 1 5 3 10
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature 1 9 2 12
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 1 8 9
German Language and Literature 4 4
Graphic Design
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 7 6 12 1 184 11 224
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 1
Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist 2 2
History, General 3 1 1 52 10 68
Homeland Security
Human Resources Development 1 10 3 2 85 4 105
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 1 21 23
Industrial Engineering 4 1 4 9
Information Technology 2 8 27 2 39
International Relations and Affairs 1 7 1 10
Japanese Language and Literature 1 6 2 10
Journalism 6 1 25 7 39
Juvenile Corrections
Keyboard Instruments 1 1 2
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5 1 1 11 18
Latin American Studies 1 1
Legal Studies, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 9 3 6 81 5 104
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4 5
Linguistics 3 1 1 11 16
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General 2 1 1 15 2 21
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 7 1 1 68 6 84
Mathematics, General 1 1 19 21
Mechanical Engineering 4 2 1 1 63 8 79
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 2 2
Music Pedagogy 1 1
Music Performance, General 2 2
Music Teacher Education 11 1 12
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 6 1 7
Musical Theatre 9 9
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 1 5 6
Nurse Anesthetist 1 2 17 1 21
Nursing Education 1 8 9
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 2 19 22
Operations Management and Supervision 12 1 13
Painting 9 9
Philosophy 1 2 13 16
Photography 6 6
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Physics, General 2 1 9 12
Political Science and Government, General 5 3 3 47 7 65
Psychology, General 1 13 2 5 167 12 201
Public Administration 6 1 1 19 1 28
Public Health, General
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 2 2
Reading Teacher Education 3 2 1 1 70 1 78
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 37 6 22 2 324 24 421
Secondary Education and Teaching 8 2 10
Social Sciences, General
Social Work 6 2 32 3 44
Sociology 13 4 1 37 1 58
Sociology and Anthropology 1 5 2 8
Spanish Language and Literature 4 8 3 15
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 1 60 2 65
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Statistics, General 1 1 1 3
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Systems Engineering 2 1 3
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 1 3
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 6 6
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 1
Voice and Opera 3 1 4
Women's Studies 2 2
Writing, General 1 9 10

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 912th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,335 ($82,065 male / $67,548 female)
Number of FT Faculty 550 (297 male / 253 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,114
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $26,315,090

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