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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is one of the best things about ORU. A student's time at this university yields him a wide number of friendships with people from completely different cultures. There are people of wealthier and more common classes alike. Every person has a different story; my closest friends come from wildly contrasted families and backgrounds. Hearing their stories and celebrating our differences together is one of the greatest aspects of attending this institution.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Ethnic/racial diversity

- fantastic! There are quite a number of international students, and many students of different races and cultures from around the country. Most people are friendly and open/ready to learn from, and about, each other's backgrounds and cultures.

Economic background diversity

- Hugely diverse. You will hear talk about spoiled people, but in reality there is a very wide range when it comes to economic diversity on campus, and the majority of students are using at least the main Whole Person Scholarship, which is applied to through the school

Political beliefs

- being in the south, many student's politics generally lean Republican, with some Moderates, Independents, and Democrats in the minority. However, because of the friendly atmosphere on campus, this is usually not an issue that blocks people from building meaningful relationships. There will always be sparks with politics, but again, many people remain open to productive discussion, and both Republican and Democrat clubs exist on campus for those who want to become more involved (I don't think there is an Independent club as of now).

Religion

- a Christian college that really is a Christian college

Sexual Orientation

- genuinely doesn't come up in conversation

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many different races throughout the students.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a great amount of diversity in the student population because so many are from states/countries far away from Oklahoma. There's little challenges for minorities, as there is groups on campus for just about every nationality/ethnicity.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Very diverse and also has many international students.

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Oral Roberts University has an ethnically diverse student population. There are people here from every state in the U.S. except Utah, and there are students from approximately 40 countries from around the world. Economic status of the students is also relatively diverse.

Since this is a Christian university, there isn’t much diversity in students’ religious backgrounds. However, ORU is an interdenominational Christian institution, so there are students of various denominations here. Also, the majority of students on campus are conservative, but there are moderate and liberal students, as well. Overall, ORU is a diverse and accepting place.

Facts & Statistics

African American
16%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
6%
International
5%
Native American
3%
White
54%
Unknown
7%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
66%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 15%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
36%
Male Faculty
64%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 88%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The majority of ORU students believe the literal translation of the Bible, so almost all students here believe homosexuality is a sin. Students are not condemning of homosexuals-they are willing to be friends with them and help them with what is perceived to be the struggle of homosexual feelings.
Political Activity
Most students are conservative Republicans, but there are some students who are more liberal and not afraid to speak up about their beliefs. Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, a student-run mock government, is a popular club on campus.
Economic Status
There is a very wide variety in economic status here. However, very few people are snobby, and the majority of students from more well-off families are extremely helpful and friendly to those who are less fortunate.
Most Common Religions
Oral Roberts University is technically a non-denominational Christian university, but almost everyone who works or attends classes here is a charismatic Christian. School founder Oral Roberts created this institution so charismatic Christians could be educated together and go out into the world to spread the gospel.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a somewhat large Hebrew Club and International Club on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 57 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 5% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 42% Conservative
  • 16% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 74 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 3% Liberal
  • 15% Moderate
  • 57% Conservative
  • 14% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 75 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 32 responses

  • 59% Republican
  • 6% Democratic
  • 16% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 4% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 25% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 71% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 3% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 19% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 78% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 56 responses

  • 55% Very accepting.
  • 30% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 9% It's hard to be a minority here.

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