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Oakland University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Oakland University

Oakland University is located in Rochester, Michigan, in the Detroit tri-county area. Its campus, which is comprised of over 1,400 acres, contains wooded paths, meadows and 48 university buildings, including several residence halls and apartment buildings.

Oakland is a public, four-year university that has grown steadily since being founded in 1957 and opened in 1959. It recently launched its medical school, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, in partnership with Beaumont Hospital, which was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 2nd best hospital in Michigan in 2012.


Oakland University is comprised of seven schools and colleges offering over 133 bachelor's degree programs and 128 certificate and graduate degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels. The most popular undergraduate majors include communications, elementary education and nursing. Undergraduate courses at Oakland limit class sizes to fewer than 35 students. The overwhelming majority of faculty, 93%, have a doctorate or other terminal degree in their chosen field. All students have access to the Kresage library, which houses 747,000 books and over 100 computers.

Oakland also offers online learning opportunities through its e-Learning program. , In some cases, students can earn entire degrees online, and there are also individual courses offered online each semester. For those interested in studying abroad, Oakland offers opportunities through its international education programs. Students can travel to nearly 20 countries through the study abroad program or spend a semester abroad as part of the international exchange student program.


Students can apply for admission at any time; however, the university advises that students apply by March 1st for the fall semester to be considered for scholarships. Students should submit their application, official transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. There is no application fee. The university also accepts Advanced Placement (AP) scores and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores for college credit. Graduate students should note that admission requirements vary by program, though the admissions process is centralized.

Approximately 68% of the students who apply to Oakland are accepted for admission. Of those, 34% enroll. The student population at Oakland University is almost entirely comprised of Michigan residents; 98% of all Oakland students call the Great Lakes State home. Most students (74%) attend full-time, and 60% of the students are women. The population is predominantly Caucasian (76%), while 9% of students are black or African American.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012, tuition for lower-division undergraduates who are Michigan residents was $341 per credit hour. For nonresidents, the cost was $795.75 per credit hour. In the same year, upper-division Michigan residents paid $372.75 per credit hour, while upper-division nonresidents paid $853.25 per credit hour. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the estimated cost of tuition, fees and living expenses was $23,200 per year for a Michigan resident attending full-time and living off-campus. For a nonresident, in the same situation, the estimated cost was about $36,452 per year, during the same reporting period. Included in the figures was a cost of $1,300 for books and supplies. Graduate tuition does not vary by program, but it does vary based on residency; Michigan residents are charged $595.25 per credit hour and nonresidents are charged $1,027 per credit hour.

Merit scholarships are available from Oakland University; students are automatically considered for them when they apply by March 1. Financial aid, including grants and loans, is available to qualifying students. Graduate assistantships are available for students who need help paying for grad school. Most assistantships are affiliated with an academic department, but there are also some non-academic positions available.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 15,838 undergraduates and 1,891 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Residence halls, on-campus apartments and Greek housing communities are available*
Schools and Programs Seven colleges, more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (415)
Master's: Business Administration (137)
Doctorate: Physical Therapy (49)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 13% in four years
40% in six years**
Admission Rate 68% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 2,374 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 73% (full-time students)
36% (part-time students)**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 22.5 in 2012*
Application Due Date Rolling; however, incoming freshmen should apply by March 1st for scholarship eligibility*
Decision Notification Date Within 12 weeks*
Tuition $9,938 per year for Michigan residents and $23,190 for nonresidents (estimated full-time costs for 2011-2012, including fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (41%), Pell grants (38%), state and local grants/scholarships (9%), institutional scholarships/grants (79%), federal loans (55%), other student loans (2%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 95% in 2011**

Sources: *Oakland University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

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