Oral Roberts University is a Christian university located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The school offers 65 undergraduate majors, 14 master’s degree programs and two doctoral degrees. It was founded in 1963 by evangelist Oral Roberts. Oral Roberts, the largest Charismatic Christian university in the world, enrolls about 3,790 students.
Oral Roberts features six colleges, a distance learning program and a program to help students out of school for a few years finish their degrees. The colleges include those for nursing, arts and cultural studies, business, education, science and engineering, and theology and ministry.
The top majors at Oral Roberts University include, Pastoral Christian Ministries, mass media communications, business administration, psychology, biology and nursing.
Oral Roberts’ distance learning program is unique. It allows students to obtain a bachelor of science degree in one of four disciplines or professional development certificates, earn a certificate in the school’s Bible Institute program, study at The Center for Israel and Middle East Studies, or participate in continuing education programs for ministers, pastors and business professionals.
Oral Roberts is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Oral Roberts provides students with a variety of ways to apply to the university. An online application with no fee is available for undergraduate, distance learning and degree completion programs. A student may also download an application and mail it back to the university along with an application fee.
For graduate admission to the Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Education, and the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry, Oral Roberts University provides an online application that requires an application fee. There is also a section on the school’s website that allows students to download an application for the school and return it with a fee to the school’s admissions office.
Undergraduates whom gain admission to Oral Roberts usually rank in the Top 40 percent of high school graduating class, have a GPA of 2.6 or higher, and an ACT score of 20 or higher, or SAT of 940 or higher. There is an early acceptance program.
There are a number of financial aid programs available to students who attend Oral Roberts University. For undergraduates, first-year students with certain GPAs and ACT/SAT scores are awarded Premier Merit Scholarships and Merit Awards with the awards being renewable for four years. For transfer students, Oral Roberts University awards students with high college GPAs.
Graduate students pursuing master’s of business administration degrees are awarded scholarships based on a student’s undergraduate GPA and their score on graduate admissions tests like the GMAT or GRE. The awards are renewable. There are also professional scholarships available to MBA and master’s of management-non profit students. Students that are already involved in their careers with certain skills and connections receive a grant that is for one year only. There are also retention scholarships available to Oral Roberts University undergrads who want to conduct graduate study at the university.
Students in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry can receive scholarships that are awarded on an annual basis and are based on need. There are also academic scholarships available
Outside of scholarships and a number of assistantships are available for students participating in MBA, master’s of not for profit management, education, and other programs. Those assistantships take the form of work study or teaching jobs.
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Oral Roberts University is a residential campus, and all single, full-time undergraduate students are required to live on-campus until age 25 years old. The university only allows students who are older than 25, married, or who live in Tulsa with their parents to live off-campus.
There are more than 35 clubs on campus, including the Accounting Honor Society, the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature and the ORU Missionary Society. The school also offers study-abroad programs.
The school’s Christian heritage is a major theme throughout the university. The classes begin with prayers, there is a chapel on campus, and the school has mission trips for students to places all over the United States and the world.
Once a month, Oral Roberts University hosts a “Campus Worship” session, where all students are urged to come together on a Sunday night for a major church service. It is all open to all students and the surrounding community.
Oral Roberts was known for having a strict dress code, but the regulation has been relaxed in recent years. There is a chaplain that lives on every wing in a dormitory. All students are required to sign an honor code policy that strictly prohibits lying, smoking, drinking, cursing, sex outside the marriage, and homosexuality.
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Oral Roberts University features eight athletic teams and competes in the Summit League. It offers men’s and women’s teams in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track and field. It also offers men’s baseball and women’s volleyball.
The school’s team name is the Golden Eagles, and its mascot is “Eli.” The school says the mascot, a golden eagle, is an acronym for education, life skills and integrity.
The school’s most successful team is the men’s basketball team, coached by Sean Sutton. It has appeared in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA men’s basketball tournaments, the National Invitational Tournament in 2004 and the CTI tournament in 2011. It has won the Summit League four times. The women’s team has appeared in four NCAA tournaments.
The men’s baseball team has also experienced some success. It has played in 21 NCAA regional tournaments, and advanced to the College World Series in 1978.
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Oral Roberts built a hospital in 1981 and started a medical school three years later. But major financial problems forced both to close in 1989. The hospital was the City of Faith Medical and Research Center hospital. And in 1986 the university closed its law school and sent its collection to Pat Robertson, who later founded The Regents University Law School.
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