Oakland University

2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309-4401

School Details

Oakland University was founded in 1957 when Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband Alfred Wilson donated their 1,500-acre estate to Michigan State University. In 1959, what is now Oakland University opened under the name Michigan State University-Oakland. When it first opened there were only 570 students and the campus was comprised of just three buildings. In 1963, Michigan State University-Oakland was renamed Oakland University. Today it remains the only major public research university located in Oakland County, Michigan. Part of the mission of OU is “...In all its activities, Oakland University strives to exemplify educational leadership in a diverse and inclusive environment.” This mission is met through the four core values of research and scholarship, public service, instruction and student development.

The 1,500 acre campus is located between Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, Michigan. The campus includes academic buildings, business offices, student recreational facilities and scenic offerings such as trails, biking paths and two nationally-ranked golf courses. There is also a variety of on campus housing to accommodate the more than 2,000 students who live on campus.

Oakland University had 12,152 prospective students apply in the fall of 2012, these students were accepted at a rate of 62%. Ultimately, 33% of the accepted students decided to attend Oakland University. Students who decided to attend Oakland University also decided to come back for a subsequent year at the rate of 70% for full time students and 40% for part time students. About 2% of students at Oakland University transfer out to another institution, 15% graduate within the expected four years it takes to obtain a bachelor’s degree and 43% graduate within six years.

Oakland University has a total of 19,740 students. There are 16,190 students studying at the undergraduate level, 1,891 of which transferred in from another institution, and 3,541 are graduate students. Of the students, 74% of undergraduates and 39% of graduate students are enrolled full time and there is a 60:40 female to male ratio. The student body, with 77%, is made up primarily of White students. African American, Asian and Hispanic students are each represented at a rate of 9%, 4% and 2% respectively. About 98% of the students at Oakland University come from within the state of Michigan with the remaining 2% being 1% out of state students and 1% international students. Of the student population, 22% is 25 years old or older.

Students enrolled at Oakland University have the choice of choosing a major in one of six different schools:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The School of Business Administration
  • The School of Education and Human Services
  • The School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • The School of Health Science
  • The School of Nursing

Within these schools there are a total of 16 departments and nearly 100 majors. Through course completion, students can ultimately receive the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

To accommodate the busy lives of many of the students at Oakland University, there are a slew of online courses and many programs that can be completed entirely online. Degrees that can be obtained through 100% online classes include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health
  • Bachelor of Science in nursing
  • Bachelor of Integrative Studies
  • Master of Education in Special Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Master Science in Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Safety Management
    Education Specialist in Leadership

There are also numerous certificates that can be completed online and other degrees that can be completed partially online.

Students wishing to enhance their college experience through club involvement have more than 200 registered student organizations to choose from. The variety of student organizations encompasses a broad range of interests from cultural and religious groups to Greek organizations. For students interested in athletics, Oakland University has 16 NCAA Division I athletic teams. There are also 23 competitive and non-competitive club sports that Oakland University students can participate in. These sports include the usual choices such as basketball, hockey and soccer and even some more unique options such as skateboarding, figure skating and fencing.

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students come to $10,230 per year for in state students and $23,873 for out of state students. Graduate students are charged tuition per credit hour at a rate of either $595 for in state students or $1,027 for out of state students. Students who live on campus pay about $8,208 per year for room and board. Around 94% of undergraduate students who receive either grant or scholarship aid to help offset this cost. The average award amount for a student receiving aid is $6,260. About 56% of the students also receive Federal student loans with the average loan amount being $8,524.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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