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University of Tulsa

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For students considering careers in the oil industry, the University of Tulsa offers one of the premiere programs in the nation. Along with this specialty, the University of Tulsa also offers solid programs in engineering and computer science, and the university’s law school gives students with an interest in protecting Native Americans a specialized program focusing on their legal needs and issues.

The University of Tulsa is a private university and has an enrollment of a little more than 3,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees. In total, the school offers about 60 undergraduate degrees and 40 graduate degrees.


The University of Tulsa is divided into five main colleges: the Collins College of Business, the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the College of Law, the Graduate School and the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences. The university also has a division of continuing education.

The most popular majors at the school are business-related degrees, education, engineering, social sciences and visual and performing arts.

The university’s school of music recently unveiled a $32 million new facility to house the program. The Roxana Rozsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center is a 77,000 square foot facility that houses a 700 seat concert hall, practice rooms, labs, film editing facilities and more.

The university has also recently embarked upon a $6.7 million project to build a supercomputer.

Students at the university often praise its ability to offer top academic programs and one-on-one instruction, characteristics that are unfortunately often an “either or” proposition at other schools.

U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Tulsa as the 93rd best national university in the country and Bloomberg Businessweek recently ranked the university’s business school as the No. 33 program in the U.S.


The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The association also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The University of Tulsa has a selective admissions policy that screens students prior to admission. Only about 39 percent of students who apply to the school are accepted, but the school has an 88 percent retention rate for freshmen, indicating a high level of student satisfaction and dedication on the part of the school to support its students in their studies.

The school requires submission of SAT or ACT scores for admission. Most students make between 560 and 700 on the math portion of the SAT and 560-700 on the reading section or score between 26 and 32 on the ACT. The university also looks closely at student high school records, paying close attention to the student’s character, grades, class rank and participation in extracurricular and civic activities. An admission essay is also required.

Priority applications should be submitted by Feb. 1.

As of Sept. 2011, the university charges a $35 application fee.

Financial Aid

Students applying to the University of Tulsa are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Oklahoma, the college and other organizations that students may be eligible for. Each year, the University of Tulsa awards millions in scholarships and financial aid.

For example, freshmen are eligible for a university scholarship that will renew for eight semesters if the student keeps a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The college‚Äôs office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. The school’s website, has a helpful list of scholarships that students can use to see which awards they may be eligible for.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2515th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Oklahoma.


The university has a unique architectural look and most buildings are make from Crab Orachard sandstone giving them a tan and rose-colored hue. Gothic arches feature prominently in the architecture. The focal point of the campus is a main quad known as “The U.”

Located in Tulsa, the university has plenty of entertainment, educational and career development opportunities for students.

The university has more than 150 recognized student activity organizations. For students interested in Greek life, there are ample opportunities to join a fraternity or sorority at the University of Tulsa. There are five Greek fraternities and six sororities on campus.

One of the biggest events of the year at the University of Tulsa is the school’s annual Springfest, which often brings big names in music and entertainment to the university for students to see free of charge. Past performers include Ben Folds and Cake.

Renovations and projects are underway to make the campus more environmentally friendly. The Princeton Review gives the university high marks for its quality of life.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


While the university is a small school in terms of enrollment, it punches well above its weight in the athletic arena.

The University of Tulsa is a NCAA Division I school and participates in Conference USA. The football teams participates in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The University offers men’s basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field, soccer and tennis; and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, rowing, soccer, tennis, volleyball and softball.

For a small school, the university has a strong football program, making five bowl appearances in the past eight years. The men’s basketball team were NIT champions in 1982 and 2001. The women’s golf program has also been strong, winning four national titles. The school’s colors are old gold, royal blue and crimson. The school’s mascot is Captain Cane.

Renovations to the school’s athletic facilities were recently completed and include better seating, improved turf and scoreboards and an expanded press box.

Additional School Information

The University of Tulsa was originally founded as a Presbyterian school and remains affiliated with the church to this day. The university almost shut down because of financial problems during the Great Depression, but through the shrewd management of former investment banker Isaiah Pointus, the school survived.


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Ranks 1st in Oklahoma and 63rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10 0.24
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.07
Arrest 28 0.68

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

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Tulsa, OK 74104-3189
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population14,050 (14,050 urban / N/A rural)
Households5,955 (2.10 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,986
Families2,701 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium 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 AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)
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 234th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $32,288 $32,288 $32,288
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $320 $320 $320
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,159 $1,159 $1,159
FT Graduate Tuition $19,566 $19,566 $19,566
FT Graduate Required Fees $320 $320 $320
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,087 $1,087 $1,087
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $51,035 $51,035 $51,035
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,147 $49,147 $49,147
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $40,559 $40,559 $40,559

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $33,428 $33,428
Law Degree — Required Fees $394 $394

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $31,551 $33,095 $31,551 $33,095 $31,551 $33,095
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,514 $9,984
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,524(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,200 $8,390
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,524(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,524(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,304 (3,636 male / 3,668 female)
Admitted 2,965 (1,588 male / 1,377 female)
Admission rate 41%
First-time Enrollment 856 (490 male / 366 female)
FT Enrollment 851 (488 male / 363 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (2 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment4,597

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
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 Football Conference Conference USA
NCAA Basketball Conference Conference USA
NCAA Track & Field Conference Conference USA

ACT Test Admission

61st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 64%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 33
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 30
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 32

SAT Test Admission

85th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 25%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 710
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 570 / 690
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1130 / 1400

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 Capacity2,684
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,800
Board Fee$5,354

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 188 40 30 24 32 526 69 921
Accounting 6 1 1 14 1 23
African-American/Black Studies
Anthropology 1 4 2 7
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 3 2 7
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 8 9
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 2 12 15
Biochemistry 4 1 11 16
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 1 8 1 12
Business Administration and Management, General 13 4 3 1 3 48 7 80
Business/Commerce, General
Chemical Engineering 10 2 1 19 1 33
Chemistry, General 6 1 8
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Clinical Psychology 5 5
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Computer Science 9 2 2 3 22 2 41
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Economics, General 2 9 11
Education, General 3 1 1 1 4 10
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 1 1 2
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 3 1 16 1 22
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 9 1 13
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 2 2 1 13 19
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 2 4
Engineering/Industrial Management
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 1 13 5 22
Environmental Studies 3 3
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 2 1 4
Finance, General 31 2 1 1 17 3 55
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 3 3
Fine and Studio Arts Management 1 4 5
Fine/Studio Arts, General 3 1 6 2 12
French Language and Literature 1 1 2
Geology/Earth Science, General 10 1 1 4 2 18
Geophysics and Seismology 11 1 12
German Language and Literature
History, General 1 2 13 2 19
Indian/Native American Education
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 4 3 7
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology 2 2
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1 3 6
International Economics
Keyboard Instruments
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 6 7 26 2 41
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1
Management Information Systems, General 2 1 3 7 13
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 14 15
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1
Mathematics, General 2 1 1 11 1 16
Mechanical Engineering 9 3 1 32 2 47
Museology/Museum Studies 1 2 3
Music Performance, General 1 1
Music Teacher Education 1 6 8
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 1 3 4
Music, Other
Organizational Behavior Studies 1 3 1 1 6
Petroleum Engineering 53 1 1 5 22 3 85
Philosophy 5 1 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General 3 3
Political Science and Government, General 2 10 12
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Programs for Foreign Lawyers 1 1
Psychology, General 2 4 2 3 1 24 1 38
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 2 4 19 28
Religion/Religious Studies 2 2
Russian Studies 1 1
Sociology 1 1 3 5
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 1 1 4 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 1 8 2 13
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 1 16 4 22
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Taxation 1 10 11 22
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Voice and Opera 4 4
Women's Studies 2 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 449th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $87,569 ($93,736 male / $70,536 female)
Number of FT Faculty 334 (223 male / 111 female)
Number of PT Faculty 432
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $10,759,585

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