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About The University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa first offered classes in 1894 under the name 'Henry Kendall College'. In 1907, due to the discovery of oil in the area, the school moved to Tulsa, which is currently Oklahoma's second largest city. Today, the school operates a 200-acre main campus. The university's community takes its role in the community seriously, with students and faculty providing 36,682 hours of community service during the 2011-2012 school year.


The University of Tulsa offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees programs through four colleges: the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, Collins College of Business, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Graduate School and the College of Law. In 2012, there were 61 undergraduate, 36 graduate and 12 doctoral degree programs available.

According to the university, the average class size is 19 students. However, the school also states that many upper-level undergraduate classes have ten or fewer students.

The university's library, called the 'McFarlin Library', houses more than three million items, including electronic books, print and electronic journals and 128,000 rare books. It also operates the Mabee Legal Information Center, which allows lawyers and law students more than 100 computers to use to conduct legal research.


Undergraduate applications are available online. Applications must include a $50 fee, SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts and a counselor evaluation form. Although not required, the school highly recommends that applicants attend a personal interview.

In 2011, the incoming freshman class consisted of 617 students. Of those students, 45% were from Oklahoma and 13% from outside the united states. Additionally, 74% of incoming students had graduated in the top ten percent of their class.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, full-time undergraduate students paid $16,205 per semester in tuition. During that same year, the university estimated that room and board would cost $4,967 per semester. It also estimate that books and supplies would cost between $!,400 and $1,600 per year.

The university offers a internal scholarships and grants to help students with tuition costs. Scholarships are only awarded to full-time students. Some grants are offered to students with at least one parent alumnae or with a currently enrolled sibling.

School Type Four year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates*
Religious Affiliation None, but school was founded by the Presbyterian Church**
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body About 3,000 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing All first and second-year students must live on campus; seven residence halls and six apartment communities are available**
Schools and Programs Five colleges providing 61 undergraduate, 36 graduate and 12 doctoral degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 11 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) 2011:
Bachelor's: petroleum engineering (81)*
Master's: business administration and management (38)*
Doctoral: law (124)*
Post-baccalaureate certificate: information iechnology (3)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in fall 2005:
51% in four years*
68% in six years*
Admission Rate 41% in fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 617 in fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates Full-time: 86%*
Part-time: 75%*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students Fall 2011:
ACT: 28
SAT: 1250**
Application Due Date November 1 for fall early action notification, rolling admissions otherwise**
Decision Notification Date Late November for early action application, rolling basis for all others**
Tuition (2012-2013) $16,205 per semester**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) Grants or scholarships (85%)*
Pell grants (18%)*
Federal student loans (33%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 95% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Tulsa.

School Contact Info

  • Address: 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104
  • Phone: (918) 631-2307
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