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Oral Roberts University

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1455th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Local Community

Oral Roberts University is located on a 500-acre campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma. There are a number of culutural amenities in Tulsa, including the Philbrook Museum, which is considered one of the top 50 fine art museums in the United States. The city also hosts a number of professional sports teams, including a team that competes in the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Additional School Information

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.


  • Oral Roberts University. Web. 23 July 2011.
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  • Golden Eagles athletics. Web. 23 July 2011.

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Ranks 6th in Oklahoma and 544th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.15
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,555 0.65
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 49 0.01
Forcible Rape 266 0.07
Robbery 1,090 0.28
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7,353 1.86
Larceny 12,136 3.06
Vehicle theft 2,434 0.61

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

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 AffiliationOther Protestant
Congressional District4001

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 807th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $21,696 $21,696 $21,696
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $812 $812 $812
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $906 $906 $906
FT Graduate Tuition $10,530 $10,530 $10,530
FT Graduate Required Fees $812 $812 $812
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $585 $585 $585
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $36,950 $36,950 $36,950
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $36,950 $36,950 $36,950
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $27,654 $27,654 $27,654

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $20,756 $21,576 $20,756 $21,576 $20,756 $21,576
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,680(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,594 $8,938
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,733 $3,466
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,594 $8,938
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,733 $3,466
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,733 $3,466

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,417 (592 male / 825 female)
Admitted 617 (288 male / 329 female)
Admission rate 44%
First-time Enrollment 399 (193 male / 206 female)
FT Enrollment 389 (189 male / 200 female)
PT Enrollment 10 (4 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment3,414

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southland Conference

ACT Test Admission

706th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 55%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

729th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 40%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1130

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 Capacity2,370
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$4,534
Board Fee$4,762

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 55 95 37 17 8 383 64 681
Accounting 2 2 2 14 20
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Art Teacher Education 1 1 2
Bible/Biblical Studies 3 1 15 6 25
Biochemistry 3 2 5
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 1 1 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 1 9 14
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration and Management, General 13 6 1 1 35 10 67
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 1 2
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 1
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Commercial and Advertising Art
Communication, General 1 10 1 12
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 1 1
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 2 1 5
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Creative Writing
Curriculum and Instruction 1 1 1 3
Dance, General 1 1 2
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General
Divinity/Ministry 5 15 3 1 31 3 59
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General 2 1 3
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 17 2 20
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 2
Engineering, General 1 1 10 4 16
English Language and Literature, General 2 1 2 5
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 2 4 1 8
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1 2 4
Environmental Studies
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Finance, General 1 1 1 6 3 12
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 6 1 8
Foreign Language Teacher Education 1 1
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 1 1
General Studies
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature
Graphic Design 1 1 3 6
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Hebrew Language and Literature
History, General 1 1 5 7
Human Resources Development
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 1 3 1 8
International Relations and Affairs 1 1 1 4
Italian Language and Literature
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 6 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 2
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science 2 3 1 5 1 13
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 1 2 19 2 29
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 3 3 1 22 6 38
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 2
Mathematics, General 1 1
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology 1 1 1 3
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 4 3 11
Music Performance, General 1 1
Music Teacher Education 3 3
Music Technology
Music Theory and Composition 1 2 1 4
Music, General 1 1 7 1 10
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 3 2 5
Organizational Communication, General
Organizational Leadership 1 1 6 1 10
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 2 5 2 9
Pastoral Studies/Counseling 3 11 5 2 24 47
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physical Sciences
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 3 1 1 6 1 13
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies 2 2
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychology, General 5 4 1 15 1 26
Psychology, Other
Public Policy Analysis, General
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television
Reading Teacher Education
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 5 5 3 1 27 2 48
Religious Education
Religious/Sacred Music 1 1 2 1 5
Russian Language and Literature
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Sciences, General
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1 2
Social Work 1 2 1 1 8 1 14
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 1 3
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Speech Teacher Education
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 1
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 2 2 1 5
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 1 1 4 6
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 2 4 2 1 6 16
Theology/Theological Studies 1 2
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 3 1 5 9
Youth Ministry

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2360th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,325 ($61,381 male / $50,834 female)
Number of FT Faculty 163 (104 male / 59 female)
Number of PT Faculty 256
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $2,980,556

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