Oakland University

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School Overview

Oakland University (OU) is a public, four-year university located on a large 1,500-acre campus in the cities for Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in central Oakland County, Michigan. It’s the only large research university in Oakland County, and was named Oakland University precisely because its the only and largest research university in the county. UO is classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Oakland University’s nursing department offers their students the option to earn LPN, ASD, RN-BSN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, Nurse Practitioner and DNP degrees.

Oakland University was founded in 1957 as Michigan State University, Oakland (MSU-O), under the banner of Michigan State, with just under 600 students and three small buildings. Four years later in 1963, Michigan State University, Oakland became an independent higher education institution and officially changed its name to Oakland University.

General Information

Admission Office

101 North Foundation Hall

Oakland University

Rochester, MI 48309-4401

(248) 370-3360

(800) 625-8648

Fax: (248) 370-4462

Contact: Eleanor Reynolds

Assistant Vice President Student Affairs
Main Address

Rochester, MI 48309-4401

(248) 370-2100


Total undergrads: 16,594

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,569

Degree-seeking undergrads: 16,113

Graduate enrollment: 3,575


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Online application fee: Free

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 78%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 72%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
East Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Slavic Studies B
South Asian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Musical theatre B
Painting B
Photography B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biophysics B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Development B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Technology B


Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B


Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Engineering chemistry, engineering biology B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Cytotechnology B
Environmental Health B
Health Services – General B
Histologic Technology B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Occupational Health/Industrial Hygiene B
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging B
Wellness health promotion/ injury prevention B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Oakland University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (248) 370-2100
Website: www.oakland.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.oakland.edu/futurestudents
Address: 2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309-4401
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 19,013
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 46%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 14,092 (74% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $13,346
Out-of-state Tuition: $24,710
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 94%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,154

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Oakland University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Oakland University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 15
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1522
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16135
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 231
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 231
Education 142125
Engineering 3863
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 231
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 361
Health Professions and Related Programs 91291
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 6
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 2231
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 1221
Psychology 1111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 221
Social Sciences 46
Visual and Performing Arts 4186
Grand total 691025715

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Oakland University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,346
Out-of-state $24,710
Books and supplies $784

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $18,546
Out-of-state $24,648

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,510 94%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,387 89% $10,154
Student loan aid 1,330 50% $5,806

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 10,062 64% $7,716
Federal student loans 7,627 48% $6,651

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Oakland University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Oakland University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 12,443 4,620 7,823
Percent admitted 100% 85% 82%
Percent admitted who enrolled 21% 24% 20%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Oakland University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 19,013
Undergraduate enrollment 15,543
Graduate enrollment 3,470

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Oakland University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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