University of Tulsa

800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104-3189

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The University of Tulsa is a private not-for-profit, four-year doctoral-granting institution of higher education, located in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma.


The University of Tulsa first opened in 1894 as Henry Kendall College. The institution which would directly become the University of Tulsa, opened in 1907. Though the University of Tulsa has a nondenominational affiliation, it was founded by the Presbyterian Church. Tulsa’s School of Petroleum Engineering opened in 1928 and is noted to be one of the best Petroleum Engineering programs.

The University of Tulsa’s mission is: "The University of Tulsa is a private, independent, doctoral-degree-granting institution whose mission reflects these core values: excellence in scholarship, dedication to free inquiry, integrity of character, and commitment to humanity. The university achieves its mission by educating men and women of diverse backgrounds and cultures to:

  • become literature in the sciences, humanities, and the arts;
  • think critically, and write and speak clearly;
  • succeed in their professions and careers;
  • behave ethically in all aspects of their lives;
  • welcome the responsibility of citizenship and service in a changing world; and
  • acquire the skills and appetite for lifelong learning."

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is part of the Higher Learning Commission accredits the University of Tulsa. In addition to overall accreditation, some programs also have specialized accreditations. These include: the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Associations, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

The University of Tulsa offers its students other extracurricular activities and a variety of institutes, centers, and programs apart from their academic degrees in order to fulfil their mission. The institutes and centers include, but are not limited to the Boesche Legal Clinic, Center for Boundary Integral Methods, Center for Executive and Professional Development, Center for Global Education, the Institute of Alternative Energy, the Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium, and the TU Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation projects. There are business and communications organizations, Greek Life, honor societies, intramural sports, music groups, religious organizations, spirit groups, service groups, and more. On-campus leadership opportunities, as well as pre-professional organizations are also available. In addition, there are athletic programs, which include basketball, soccer, cross country, track and field, tennis, softball, football, and golf. Students are encouraged to become involved in the community, which will help them gain work experience and will improve the community.


The colleges that make up the University include: Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the Collins College of Business, the College of Law, and the Graduate School. The College of Law offers students two special programs in sustainable energy and resources law as well as Native American Law. Tulsa emphasizes a humanities-based general curriculum that focuses on encouraging students to engage in scientific, social, and artistic inquiries. There are continuing education programs, an honors program, and other professional programs.


For non-traditional students, the University of Tulsa offers the Masters in Energy Law online.


The University of Tulsa enrolls over 4,000 students around 3,000 of these students are undergraduates and the student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. Of the undergraduate students, around 95% attend full-time and 72% of the graduate students are full-time. About 10% of graduate students are enrolled in distance education and almost no undergraduate students take part in distance education. Of the prospective students who applied, 41% were admitted and 28% of those students enrolled. The overall graduation rate is 66%.


The estimated cost of tuition and fees are estimated to be around $33,095. Around 85% of undergraduate students receive some kind of financial aid and 33% of students take out Federal student loans.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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