Oakwood University

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School Overview

Oakwood University is a historically African-American, Seventh-day Adventist affiliated, university located in Huntsville, Alabama. The school offers secular and religious degree programs.

Prospective students must possess at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) to attend Oakwood University. Students not meeting minimum GPA requirements can submit an essay explaining the deficiency and steps they will be taken to correct it.

The following are accredited degree programs offered at Oakwood University:

  • Communication and Fine Arts
  • Business and Information
  • History and Political Science
  • Education
  • Music
  • Social Work
  • Nursing

Participation in religious activities is an important part of life at Oakwood University. Most students attend or participate in:

  • Worship Services
  • Missionary Work
  • Bible Study Programs
  • Community Service Projects

General Information

Admission Office

7000 Adventist Boulevard, NW

Huntsville, AL 35896

(256) 726-7030

(800) 824-5312

Fax: (256) 726-7154

Contact: Jason McCracken

Director of Enrollment Management
Main Address
7000 Adventist Boulevard, NW

Huntsville, AL 35896

(256) 726-7000



Total undergrads: 1,817

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 487

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,789

Graduate enrollment: 29


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 56%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $12,668 $13,174 $13,834 $14,250 +3.01%
Books and Supplies $1,400 $1,400 $1,200 $1,400 +16.67%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,170 $8,438 $8,764 $9,038 +3.13%
Other $7,100 $7,830 $7,902 $8,297 +5.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $28,338 $30,842 $31,700 $32,985 +4.05%
In-state Off Campus $14,068 $14,574 $15,034 $15,650 +4.10%
In-state with Family $14,068 $14,574 $15,034 $15,650 +4.10%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $10,800
In-state Student Fees $816
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $10,800
Out-of-state Student Fees $816

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 444 92%
Grant or scholarship aid 431 89% $2,603,741 $6,041
• Federal grants 159 33% $620,465 $3,902
• Pell grants 159 33% $565,552 $3,557
• Other federal grants 30 6% $54,913 $1,830
Local and state government scholarships or grants 18 4% $20,763 $1,154
Institutional scholarships or grants 402 83% $1,962,513 $4,882
Student loan financial aid 296 61% $2,855,031 $9,645
• Federal student loans 285 59% $2,492,324 $8,745
• Other student loans 40 8% $362,707 $9,068

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 237 10 2 25
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 46
Biochemistry 16
Biology and Biological Sciences 24
Biomedical Sciences 6
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 45
Accounting 9
Business Administration and Management 23
Finance 6
Marketing/marketing Management
Non-profit/public/organizational Management 7
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 1
Mass Communication/media Studies
Public Relations/image Management 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 7
Computer and Information Sciences 5
Computer Science 2
Information Technology
Education 16
Biology Teacher Education 1
Business Teacher Education 1
Elementary Education and Teaching 9
English/language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1
English Language and Literature/letters 4
English Language and Literature 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
French Language and Literature 3
Spanish Language and Literature 1
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 32 1 25
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 1
Dietetics/dietitian 3 25
Health and Wellness 3
Health/health Care Administration/management
Occupational Therapy/therapist 1
Physical Therapy/therapist 9
Physician Assistant
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 16
History 1
History 1
Human Services 5
Social Work 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 11
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Applied Mathematics 1
Mathematics 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 1
Mathematics and Computer Science
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Natural Sciences 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 1
Health and Physical Education/fitness 1
Health and Physical Education/fitness, Other
Physical Sciences
Psychology 22
Counseling Psychology 13
Industrial and organizational Psychology
Psychology 9
Social Sciences 8
International Relations and Affairs 4
Political Science and Government 4
Theology and Religious Vocations 18 10
Bible/biblical Studies
Pastoral Studies/counseling 10
Religious Education 1
Theology/theological Studies 17
Visual and Performing Arts 1 1
Commercial and Advertising Art 1
Commercial Photography
Keyboard Instruments
Music Pedagogy
Music Theory and Composition
Voice and Opera 1
Work and Family Studies 5
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies 5
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Commercial/Advertising Art A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biomedical Sciences B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,B
Information Technology B


Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Cytotechnology B
Physician Assistance A


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science B
Natural Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies A
Religious Education B
Theology 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.

Oakwood University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(256) 726-7000
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:https://my.oakwood.edu/ICS/Admissions/
Address:7000 Adventist Blvd NW, Huntsville, AL 35896
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:1,794
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):37%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:1,697 (95% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$16,750
Out-of-state Tuition:$16,750
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,074

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Oakwood University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Oakwood University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services6
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs7
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services3
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2
Health Professions and Related Programs119
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Physical Sciences1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences2
Theology and Religious Vocations31
Visual and Performing Arts25
Grand total13601

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Oakwood University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Oakwood 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 Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,440

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid33299%
Grant or scholarship aid32897%$9,074
Student loan aid22366%$8,807

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,44684%$4,336
Federal student loans1,23171%$3,648

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Oakwood 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 Oakwood University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants2,1778301,347
Percent admitted100%48%48%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%19%17%

Admissions Considerations

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

Oakwood University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment1,794
Undergraduate enrollment1,740
Graduate enrollment54

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

Oakwood University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program

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