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Tuition
$22,508
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's wonderful I really enjoy all the teachers and students in my major. The workload is a lot and the books are crazy expensive but I really am doing something I love.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics offered at my school are great the professors are all knowledgeable and caring. The registration could be made easier. It seems like there is a little disorganization in the registration office. The workload varies from each major but it usually the time of workload that would be expected for that major.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have access to a great library. They have a prayer tower which is extremely important to me. They have chapel twice a week and worship nights every other Thursday which is wonderful. There is a church across the road from the school that gladly works with ORU students.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I don't have a problem with the workload. It is hard work and I study everyday almost all day but it's college I wouldn't expect anything less. The best place to study is the library it's always warm in the winter and decent in the summer and quiet if you find an empty corner.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Music Technology department offers students plenty of one on one time, provides labs even on weekends, and even provides outside audio courses and opportunities.

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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
  • Certificate
  • 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 35 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 31 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 40% Ryan Tedder - lead singer of OneRepublic
  • 30% Kathie Lee Gifford (did not graduate) - TV personality
  • 10% Carol Mcloed
  • 10% Michelle Bachman (Law School - did not graduate)
  • 10% Arron murry
  • 0% Dave Darton - minister, author

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