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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I've been challenged in my academics but not pushed over the top. I've grown in how I study and I've realized how I learn best.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors want you to succeed, and give you the tools you need to do so. As long as you go to class and put in the work you'll get good grades.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Well respected degrees, over 60 undergrad, tough graduate degrees that are respected around the world.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration is a hassle it's really annoying. The professors and staff are amazing they are always there for you and show that they care. I honestly believe that most of the classes i am required to take are beneficial.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors really want to help the students understand the material.

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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 57 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 53 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.

How often do you:    Based on 25 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 25 responses

  • 36% This was my dream school.
  • 60% This was one of my top choices.
  • 4% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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