Oakland University

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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.

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