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Oral Roberts University

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About Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU) promises a thorough education in the context of a vibrant Christ-centered community.

ORU is a place for advancing knowledge, pursuing intellectual discovery and building life-long friendships in a vibrant campus community. ORU students are empowered on the quest for wholeness; having the time of their lives, while preparing for their life's mission.

A comprehensive university dedicated to student outcomes, ORU offers more than 65 undergraduate majors, as well as 14 master's-level programs and two doctoral degrees. Faculty members educated at the nation's top graduate schools serve as academic, professional and spiritual mentors to students.

ORU continues to redefine what it means to be a leading Christian university by embracing a globalized format at home and abroad. The Tulsa campus is home to students from all 50 U.S. states and 86 international countries. ORU and its students also deliver the Whole Person distinctive to all inhabited regions through distance learning, study abroad, educational partnerships, missions and outreach work, all anchored in a Christian worldview.

Campus information

The campus was built beginning in 1963 with a noted futuristic look and architecture. Architects Stanfield, Imel & Walton of Tulsa designed the 1963 master plan but most of the buildings were designed by Tulsa architect Frank Wallace.Interviewed in 2010, Wallace characterized his ORU buildings as "sculptures", noting that an inspiration for his artistic sensibility was "whittling since I was a kid". 

It has also been suggested that the buildings may have been inspired by Tulsa's art deco architectural heritage along with Bruce Goff's individualistic style and creative use of new materials. By 2007 the campus was described as "a perfect representation of the popular modernistic architecture of the time... the set of the The Jetsons" but also "shabby" and "dated, like Disney's Tomorrowland." 

Maintenance of the many unique but aging buildings, structures and architectural details on campus was cited as a growing problem for the university. In 2008, $10 million was set aside from Green family donations for long deferred maintenance on many campus buildings, along with the prayer tower. Another $10 million was donated by the Green family and budgeted for work during the summer of 2009.

The front entrance onto campus is a divided, landscaped roadway, originally called The Avenue of Flags and now renamed Billy Joe Daugherty circle, lined with lighted flags representing the more than 60 nations from which ORU students have been drawn.

The main academic building is the John D. Messick Learning Resource Center / Marajen Chinigo Graduate Center, an immense 900,000 square foot (80,000 m²) facility with many pylon-like columns, gold-tinted windows and a lozenge shaped footprint which university publicity says was styled after King Solomon's Temple. The Howard Auditorium is a gold, Buckminster Fuller style geodesic dome which is used for movies, theatre productions, classes and seminars. Bi-weekly university chapel services are held in Christ's Chapel, a 3,500 seat building constructed in drape-like fashion as an echo of Oral Roberts' early tent revivals. The Googie style Prayer Tower at the center of campus was intended to resemble "an abstract cross and Crown of Thorns" and also houses a visitor center.

The Mabee Center is an 11,000 seat arena on the southwestern edge of campus and is used for basketball games, concerts, church services and satellite television productions. Timko-Barton Hall houses musical and theatrical performance halls as well as classrooms devoted to the university's programs in the performing arts. The building's performance halls are often the scene of concerts and recitals by performing arts students.

The Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center houses basketball courts, an elevated running track, a free-weights and exercise room, a swimming pool and classrooms for students who are enrolled in health fitness courses (a requirement for all students). J.L. Johnson Stadium is a 2,200 seat baseball stadium located on the north of the campus.

The Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center was designed by KSQ Architects, PC, and constructed and completed in 2013. It is the first building to be built on the ORU campus in decades. It totes the largest TV in Oklahoma, a "living room" for students, a gaming center equipped with Wii's and Xbox's, pool tables, ping pong, and more. The building is a modern design fitting for the campus. Students also enjoy addition restaurants and a coffee shop. The Armand Hammer Student-Alumni Center also houses student government offices as well as board rooms for special meetings. No classes meet in this building; it is strictly for the use and enjoyment of the student body.

The Hamill Student Center is located between Ellis Melvin Roberts and Claudius Priscilla Roberts Halls and houses restaurants on its lower level. Zoppelt Auditorium is located on the ground level and is often used as a lecture hall for classes, forums and special events. Campus Security and the "Fireside Room" are also on ground level with the university cafeteria (called "Saga" by students) on the upper level.

Tulsa is the sort of city that swaggers with a confidence that’s not overly prideful—sort of like a swankified silver belt buckle on a comfortable leather belt.

Underneath a canopy of the country’s third-largest collection of art-deco architecture, Tulsa shades a history of "desperate Native Americans—and white desperadoes; down-and-out wildcatters—as well as up-and-coming millionaires," according to local historian Danney Goble.

Outdoor recreation carries a lot of weight in Tulsa’s 187-square-mile geographic footprint: 135 tennis courts, 88 playgrounds, 23 public golf courses, 10 disc-golf courses, as well as 50 miles of scenic biking–running trails within the river parks system. Add 135 city parks and another 750 acres of county parks plus a rich mix of arts and culture, and you’ll see why Tulsa dubs itself an "All-American City."


Living on campus will prove to be an incredible opportunity for personal growth and development. In addition to meeting people from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences, you will have unique opportunities to be involved in your community that will sharpen your character and build on your passions to serve Christ. You will make friends that will last well beyond your college years. You will discover that you have a distinct purpose and God-given ability to change the world in which you live.

All new, incoming students must pay the one-time, non-refundable Enrollment fee of $200 before they can select a room in the online process. The enrollment fee can be paid in person with Student Accounts or online by logging in to VISION, selecting "Make a Payment" and clicking on the e-Deposits tab and then selecting Enrollment Fee and the appropriate entry term.  

Undergraduate students who are under 23 years of age are required to live on campus in the residence halls. S

Undergraduate students who are 23 years of age and over; part-time students; married students; and graduate students are eligible to live off-campus without the need to petition. (Students who are married may be asked to provide proof of marital status for the initial year they will live off-campus).

Graduate students and students age 25 or over may live on campus with an approved petition through the Office of Student Development. Upon acceptance, students meeting these criteria will receive information on how to select a room online. Students will need to meet with a member of Student Development to discuss residential policies, atmosphere and guidelines.

All residential and non-residential students will pledge to abide by the University Honor Code in conjunction with their educational and residential experience.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 1 Education and Teaching 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 3 Mass Communication & Media 1 MBA 1


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