Academics

Location
Tulsa, OK
Undergrads
2,545
Tuition
$21,576
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Pretty great! Profs. are awesome and classes are great!

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are wonderful and the push us.

4 College Freshman

Academics: College is a lot harder than I thought coming into it, but its totally understandable. It wouldn't be college if it didn't prepare us for the future. I love how the professors and staff incorporate Jesus into all that they do, for instance praying over class before we begin.

3 College Freshman

Academics: ORU is not a rigorous school. Hard classes here will be hard if not harder at any other credible university. There is a lack of academic focus on campus, and some students' abilities in class reflect the 65% acceptance rate. If you want an academically challenging university, ORU is not for you.

4 College Freshman

Academics: We here about the "Whole Person" education a lot, meaning students here are working towards getting the best of their mind, body, and spirit.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 30th
    Most Available Classes
  • 50th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 61st
    Best Course Variety
  • 61st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 81st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roman Harvey
Hometown
Kearney, Neb.
Major
Business Administration
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The academic reputation of Oral Roberts University is justified, and the school’s strengths are its School of Business, School of Theology and Missions, and the music major. But, regardless of which school or department they are in, most ORU students enjoy their majors because they are able to learn without receiving an impossible amount of homework. Pre-med majors and engineering majors are probably given the largest loads of homework, just like at most other schools, while many of the gen-ed or required classes have a mediocre workload. It’s enough to keep everyone busy, but not so much that students get extremely stressed.

The majority of ORU professors are great. On average, they are very easy to communicate with and love helping students learn inside and outside of the classroom. Most professors are very knowledgeable about their subject and are enthusiastic about teaching. Plus, most of the academic advisers here are also professors and are just as helpful. All classes are open for registration online about halfway through the semester, and it is fairly easy to put together a 12- to 18-credit hour schedule. Grading varies from class to class. Some classes are extremely easy, and teachers offer a lot of opportunities for extra credit, but, in general, most classes involve a lot of studying for a well-earned A or B, especially on tests.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
171
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
86
Total FT Faculty
171
Faculty with Terminal Degree
65%
Average Faculty Salary
$54,968
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Part-Time Retention Rate
25%
Transfer-Out Rate
18%
Graduation Rate
51%
Programs/Majors Offered
70
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 66%
  • 20 to 49 students: 29%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Arts and Cultural Studies
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Science and Engineering
  • School of Theology and Missions
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Divinity, Ministry, and Pre-Theology: 4%
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Other: Theology
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
Online courses are much less time consuming that traditional classes; however, they are very expensive.
Best Places to Study
  • Just about anywhere in the library
  • Penthouse of the dorms
Tips to Succeed
  • Learn to live with the rules. They might even change soon, so don't worry about them.
  • Listen to advice given by teachers, guest speakers at chapel, and older students-they know what they are talking about.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 43% Ryan Tedder - lead singer of OneRepublic
  • 29% Kathie Lee Gifford (did not graduate) - TV personality
  • 14% Carol Mcloed
  • 14% Michelle Bachman (Law School - did not graduate)
  • 0% Dave Darton - minister, author

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