Oakland University

Oakland University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Rochester Hills, MI, Oakland University is a public research university that offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Oakland University the School for You?

Oakland University (OU) in southeastern Michigan offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates and graduate certificates. A few popular education tracks include, but aren't limited to, education, health professions, business, communications, social sciences and biology. This school has a physically large campus as well as a large student body. Keep reading to discover if Oakland University is the type of school that you're seeking.


  • Nationally ranked by the Carnegie Foundation
  • On-campus room and board costs are $1,107 lower than the national average


  • Unranked by U.S. News and World Report
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is higher than the national average
  • Doesn't have a particularly diverse student population

Oakland University at a Glance

Oakland University originated from the donation of $2 million and 1,500 acres of land to Michigan State University by Alfred and Matilda Wilson, who wanted the university to establish a branch in Oakland County, MI. Today, it serves a population of over 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers over 120 bachelor's degree programs and almost a hundred graduate and certificate programs.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching ranks Oakland University among several dozen national doctoral and research universities, although the university isn't ranked by U.S. News and World Report. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the average cost for on-campus room and board for the 2012-2013 school year was $8,208. This figure was lower than the national average of $9,315. Also, the NCES reported that as of Fall 2011, 76% of the student population identified as white and that the student-to-faculty ratio was 21:1. That ratio is higher than the national average of 16:1.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Oakland University

All students, whether first-year, transfer, or graduate, need to fill out an online application, but there is no application fee. As a new student, you'll need to send an official high school transcript, a form and your ACT and/or SAT scores. If you're an international student, you'll also need to provide either a copy of your visa status or copies of both sides of your alien registration card. If you are transferring but have fewer than 24 credits, you'll still need to provide a high school transcript. You must have a GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of application or demonstrate that your grades are trending in a favorable direction.

As a graduate student, you'll typically face slightly different requirements depending on the program you apply to. You'll have to provide a goal statement, a transcript from the school or schools where you've earned degrees and letters of recommendation. Master's degree programs require two letters, while doctoral programs require three. Doctoral candidates also need to submit their GRE scores.

To start the financial aid process, you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, either online or on paper. The Federal Student Aid Program will then determine your eligibility. Beginning in March, Oakland University's Financial Aid Office will notify you what types of aid you've been awarded and in what amounts. Aid may be in the form of federal grants, low interest loans and federal and state work-study programs. A number of programs have also been created specifically for veterans, such as the GI Bill and Reserve Educational Assistance Program.

Application and Tuition Information
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) Rolling*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) ASAP after January 1st*
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) Varies*
Application Fee (2013-2014) None*
Acceptance Rate (2012-2013) 62%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $10,230 (in-state), $23,873 (out-of state)**
Average Financial Aid Package (2010-2011) $13,230**
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 6.3%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $19,697****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 5.5%**

Student Life at Oakland University

With 15% of a reasonably large student population living on campus and 224 campus clubs and organizations according to U.S. News and World Report, there is quite a lot going on at OU when it comes to student life. Air Force ROTC is offered, and Oakland University is an NCAA Division 1 school with a host of different athletic programs for you to consider. Also, at a mere 30 miles from Detroit, you're never too far from a major city and airport.

Oakland University provides career advice from two primary sources. If you're still deciding on a major, the First Year Advising Center combines academic counseling and career counseling through the use standardized tests that assess which classes and occupations best fit a student's interests and personality. For graduating students and alumni, Career Services and the Adult Career Counseling Center offer career advising, resume writing assistance, practice interviews and job fairs. It also provides an online listing of internships, co-ops, full-time jobs and part-time jobs. U.S. News and World Report estimated that, within 6 months of graduation, roughly 90% of students find employment.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large suburb**
Student Population (Fall 2011) 19,379**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (Fall 2011) 40:60**
% of Full Time Students (Fall 2011) 74%**
% of In-State Students (Fall 2011) 98%**
Retention Rate (Fall 2011) 73% (full-time), 36% (part-time)**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 15%****
Number of Libraries One*
Extracurricular Activities 224 clubs and organizations****

Article Sources: *Oakland University, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 101 North Foundation Hall, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, MI, 48309-4401
  • Phone: (800) OAK-UNIV, (248) 370-3360