Oral Roberts University, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a private four year institution founded in 1963 as a result of a mandate received by evangelist Oral Roberts from God to establish an educational institution. The school began operations in 1963 and received its accreditation in 1971 from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
In 2007 the school was burdened by debt and having difficulty meeting its financial obligations. By 2009 the school had received donations allowing the school to clear its debts and operate without that burden. Since that time the school has utilized its resources to upgrade campus facilities, add additional buildings, refine programs and offer a better educational experience overall for students.
Oral Roberts University offers a large number of programs for potential students. These programs provide a complete education, including spiritual guidance as outlined by the school's policy. As a faith based institution, students are asked to approach subjects from a variety of perspectives, including a Christian one.
Students may pursue undergraduate and graduate programs. The school believes in providing the best education possible for its students, and as such provides opportunities and facilities that are conducive to success and provided for in a Christian context.
Programs offered include:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Social Work
- Biblical Literature
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at Oral Roberts University must have been in the top 40% of their graduating class and have at least a 2.6 GPA or a 52 on the GED. Additionally a minimum of 20 on the ACT or 940 on the SAT is required. Student will submit an application for review, and once received a determination on acceptance made and the student notified.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans and grants. Students in need of aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility and awards.
The Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles participate in a number of intercollegiate athletics. Intercollegiate athletics offer students an opportunity to participate in a competitive environment that promotes good health and provides a fun atmosphere.
Athletic programs at Oral Roberts University:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Volleyball (Women Only)
- Baseball (Men Only)
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the applicants ORU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Oral Roberts University is about 3,600. The student body is made up of 85% undergraduate students and 13% graduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $24,000-$29,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,000 to $1,200 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||96%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||96%||$15,765|
|Receiving Student Loans||67%||$9,387|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and alumni, Oral Roberts University may offer student services like those listed below:
- Distance learning
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Employment search assistance
ORU has an overall graduation rate which is around 53%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||41%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||10%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- Theology (Ministry) Program
Oral Roberts University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (The Summit League)
- Basketball (The Summit League)
- Track and Field (The Summit League)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Oral Roberts University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Oral Roberts University for official up-to-date information.