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University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

A Better Fit for a Better Tomorrow

The University of Tulsa offers students a rare combination — the resources and opportunities of a large university with the personal attention and mentoring typically found at a much smaller college. A warm classroom environment and state-of-the-art facilities give students an engaging college experience.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
3,473 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
58% male — 42% female
39% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
344 full-time faculty
101 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential: 74% of undergraduates live on campus.

School Location

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Retention Fall 2014

88% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

70% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 27%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 4%
White 55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 4%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA  Division I, American Athletic Conference. 18 varsity sports (8 men’s: basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, tennis; 10 women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball) and more than 40 intramurals.


The University of Tulsa is a private, doctoral-degree granting, accredited, coeducational institution founded in 1894.

Academic Programs

Accounting; Anthropology; Art; Art History; Arts Management; Athletic Training; Applied Mathematics; Biochemistry; Bio-Geosciences; Biological Science; Communication; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Computer Science; Deaf Education; Earth & Environmental Science; Economics; Education (Elementary & Secondary); Electrical Engineering; Energy Management; Engineering Physics; English; Environmental Policy; Exercise & Sports Science; Film Studies; Finance; French; Geology; German; History; Information Systems Technology; International Business & Languages; Management; Management Information Systems; Marketing; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Music; Music Education; Musical Theatre; Nursing; Organizational Studies; Petroleum Engineering; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; Russian Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Speech-Language Pathology; Theatre.

Certificate And Pre-Professional Programs Available.

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges named The University of Tulsa as the nation’s 86th best university.

  • U.S. News & World Report named The University of Tulsa Law School as the 72nd best in the nation.

  • Bloomberg Businessweek ranks Collins College of Business as #47 in the nation and #1 in financial aid.

  • Princeton Review named The University of Tulsa a 2013 Green College.

  • Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) ranked The University of Tulsa 152 out of 650 schools selected as America’s Top Colleges.


TU students apply their classroom skills to real-world problems: They have planned and built sources for clean running water in Bolivia, addressed the impact of trauma on journalists and victims of domestic violence, examined the early stages of human development in Jordan and regularly take top prize in Oklahoma’s Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup. TU is a place for intellectually curious students with an active approach to their education…

Don’t just read about it

  • A partner in the Generation Study Abroad Initiative, TU is committed to doubling study abroad numbers over the next five years through educational opportunities for study, research, and internships in more than 70 countries around the world. By drawing on a network of preeminent and internationally known university exchange partners and accredited and established educational providers, as well as faculty-led study and research programs, TU students from every major may participate in education abroad experiences which enhance their personal and professional growth.
  • Internships are a significant part of TU’s academic programs. The university has working relationships with many area and regional organizations and prominent businesses, giving students the chance to gain professional experience before they graduate. Most recently, students have interned with Tulsa Opera, ConocoPhillips, H.A. Chapman Institute of Medical Genetics, Samson, Indian Health Care Resource Center, the Oklahoma State Treasurer’s Office and WPX Energy among many others.
  • Students admitted to the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge program (TURC) have the opportunity to combine research and community service. TURC students take advanced classes, conduct research with top TU professors, and develop and lead service projects here and abroad that make use of their skills and talents.
  • Over the years, TU students have won highly competitive national scholarships and fellowships: 59 Goldwaters, 54 National Science Foundation, 11 Trumans, 7 Dept. of Defense, 9 Udalls, 14 Fulbrights, 5 British Marshalls and 11 Phi Kappa Phi fellowships.
  • The university’s four-year honors program for academically exceptional students emphasizes critical reasoning and in-depth inquiry through small, specialized classes and individual tutorials. The program culminates with an individual research project that students design and execute during their senior year. Honors students receive an annual Honors Program scholarship.
  • The University of Tulsa was named twice (2009, 2013) to the  President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a federal recognition for a college or university’s commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. In the 2013-14 academic year, TU students, faculty and staff volunteered more than 50,000 hours worth approximately $1.2 million to various local entities. Service-learning, which is heavily integrated into the TU curriculum, is a cornerstone of the award-winning Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge. Each year, the entire undergraduate freshman class and first-year law students perform community service throughout Tulsa; and each spring, students organize a Service Learning Day. TU’s student volunteers plant trees for Up With Trees, work for Habitat for Humanity, help kids through Reading Partners, visit  residents in nursing homes, paint rooms and playground equipment in parks and schools, strip and recycle used bicycles for Tulsa Hub and help with animals at the Tulsa SPCA.
  • TU students learn by doing: For example, the Student Investment Fund provides students real-world experience making investment decisions and managing a real portfolio currently valued at more than $4 million. In the School of Art, the student-run graphic design agency, Third Floor Design, provides award-winning promotional materials to Tulsa-area nonprofit organizations. The more than 120 students who have matriculated through the studio program have 100 percent job placement.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences is home to several major scholarly journals (e.g., the James Joyce Quarterly, Lithic Technology and Nimrod) which afford undergraduates opportunities to learn about the business of publishing from editing and public relations to database management and fact checking. Students also help with the TU/Brown University Modernist Journals Project (MJP), helping produce digital editions of culturally significant magazines from the early 20th century.
  • Student interest in the burgeoning energy management field factored into the recent creation of TU’s Collins College of Business establishing the School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce, which prepares undergraduates for careers in upstream and midstream sectors of the global energy industry.


TU’s innovative curriculum challenges students to explore their majors in depth in order to produce responsible, successful citizens…


  • The university offers academic programs through the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, the Collins College of Business, the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the College of Health Sciences and the College of Law. In addition to their major, every undergraduate must complete the Tulsa Curriculum, which includes a core curriculum focused on basic writing, math and language competencies; and a general curriculum focused on exposure to different modes of thinking. In order to pass the core curriculum, students must take two courses in writing, show proficiency in basic math, and show some proficiency in a foreign language. The general curriculum requires students to take courses in three areas including aesthetic inquiry and creative experience, historical and social interpretation, and scientific investigation. 
  • The TU faculty is a distinguished group of leading scholars and currently includes three National Science Foundation Early Career Development award winners: Michael Keller, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Roger Mailler, assistant professor in the Tandy School of Computer Science; and Selen Cremaschi assistant professor of chemical engineering. Most recently, Joshua Schultz, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received an NSF grant to fund the Biological Robotics Group at Tulsa studying how robotic hands can execute vital motions. Other faculty include famed Russian poet, writer filmmaker Yevgeny Yevtushenko, in the Department of English; 2014 Guggenheim fellow Randall Fuller, the Chapman Professor of English; Fulbright Scholar/Lecturer J. Markham Collins, who shared his expertise in international financial management in Eger Hungary; and assistant director of entrepreneurship Claire Cornell, who has advised several TU teams to 1st or 2nd places in the Oklahoma Reynolds Governor’s Cup.
  • TU’s reputation as a leader in information security education and research is well established and unique in its breadth and depth. The university trains federally certified computer security experts, since 1996, it’s Institute for Information Security (iSec) faculty and staff have produced some of the country’s leading professionals in information security, digital forensics, Internet security and telecommunications security.
  • TU has programs in film studies and arts management. The interdisciplinary arts management program combines study in the fine or performing arts with business and management courses. As a result of the university’s management of the city-owned Gilcrease Museum, the two entities have developed a master of arts in museum science and management program.
  • The Collins College of Business is home to Studio Blue, a self-described greenhouse for creativity. Students from every discipline use this campus resource to exercise their right brains in innovative problem solving.
  • Every year, TU brings distinguished and internationally recognized artists to campus including Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will; actor and film director Tim Blake Nelson; acclaimed writers Jonathan Franzen, Maya Angelou and Michael Ondaatje; playwrights Tony Kushner and Stephen Sondheim; critic Frank Rich; and journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.


There’s a lot to choose from at TU. With all the events, programs, and activities (including Division I athletics) on campus, filling your calendar is easy. The city of Tulsa adds to the menu, with a first-rate cultural life and numerous attractions. TU’s small size fosters a strong sense of community that helps students to feel right at home…


  • The university’s latest construction includes the 67,000+ square-foot Collins Fitness Center, on-campus apartments, the 77,000 square-foot Lorton Performance Center; two new buildings — Stephenson Hall and Razor Hall — in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences; the renovated Allen Chapman Student Union with multiple food venues; and the soon-to-be completed, 70,000 square-foot Hardesty Residence Hall that will also house the Holmes Student Center.
  • The University of Tulsa is a place of vibrant tradition. Every year students enjoy live music at Springfest, lighthearted mud slinging volleyball during Oozefest. Homecoming begins with a bonfire; and after their last exam, graduating students ring the cupola bell outside the alumni center. 
  • With more than 160 clubs, organizations, intramural sports, and student government to involve them, TU students are hardly ever bored. Including numerous activist, intellectual, and special interests groups, TU’s student-groups offer something for everyone. 
  • Greek life is strong at TU.  Our seven national fraternities and eight national sororities on campus provide a solid of leadership and service opportunities, as well as great social events. 
  • The New York Times called the city of Tulsa “a new economic hotbed.” Newsweek has named Tulsa one of 10 “New Frontier” technology cities with 380 high-tech firms and 54,000 technology jobs. Southern Living once declared Tulsa one of its five favorite cities offering eastern sophistication, southern charm, and western spirit. Tulsa offers all the attractions of a big city including opera, festivals, over 1,000 restaurants, eclectic shopping venues, a world-class zoo, and the Oklahoma Aquarium. 
  • TU has played host to comedian Sinbad, author Henning Mankell, country music star Reba McEntire, actor James Earl Jones, Christian musician Darrel Evans, retired general and former U.S. army chief of staff Dennis J. Reimer, and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. When TU’s 2009-10 theatre season concluded with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, the renowned playwright joined New York Times commentator Frank Rich for an evening of talks and discussion on campus.
  • Residential life options include furnished residence halls offering both traditional and co-ed options, modern apartment complexes for upper-class and graduate students and a variety of independently operated Greek houses. There are also theme floors that allow students with similar interests and goals to live together.


TU produces students with the skills and experience that employers and graduate schools want. Alumni also have a phenomenal success rate in earning prestigious awards and fellowships, indicating the excellence and value of a TU education…

An educational experience for the real world

  • TU’s distinguished alumni include Gordon Matthews, the inventor and patent holder for voice mail; Mark Radcliffe, who co-founded the 1492 Films production company, produced two of the Harry Potter movies as well as The Help. Actress and writer Mary K. Place who has been in movies like Sweet Home Alabama, The Rainmaker and Being John Malkovich, also went to TU, as did professional golfers Nancy Lopez and Kelly Robbins. TU is also the alma mater of roboticist Daniel Wilson, NY Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis.
  • TU graduates go on to some of the nation’s top graduate schools, including programs at California Technical Institute, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Purdue University, Stanford University, Tulane University, Washington University, and Yale University.
  • In addition to the university’s Office of Career Services, which provides a range of services from job fairs, to individual counseling to helping students prepare for on-campus interviews, faculty have long-standing relationships with industry leaders who provide students with internships and real-world opportunities that often open career doors.




7,636 Total Applicants
3,074 Total Admissions
764 Total Freshmen Enrollment

40.26% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 560 710
SAT Math 570 700
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 26 32
ACT Math 25 31
ACT English 26 34
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $34,085
Fees $320
Total $34,405
Room and Board (on campus) $11,700
Room Only $5,800
Board Only $5,900
Estimated Total On Campus $46,105


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

89% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
30% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$21,679 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$9,085 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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