University of Tulsa

As someone deeply concerned with climate change, Kirk Smith, TU's 2017 Rhodes Scholar, had doubts about attending one of the top petroleum engineering colleges in the world. After a campus visit with engineering students and faculty, their assurances that he could pursue his interest in clean energy changed his mind. What Smith and 3,400 other undergraduates discovered is that The University of Tulsa (TU) -- a private, selective university with an 11-to-1 student-faculty ratio -- is remarkable at matching students' dreams with a rock solid academic foundation. TU offers more than 60 undergraduate majors through the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, Collins College of Business, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and the Oxley College of Health Sciences. Students are encouraged to follow their academic curiosity, which can lead to multiple majors, minors and interdisciplinary majors within or between colleges, and still complete their studies in four years. Student-designed areas of academic concentration are also available, as are combined bachelors/master's degree programs. TU students are rigorously challenged through coursework as well as independent scholarship and research, including the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, which engages qualified students in mentored research, concentrated study, and service learning. Our Global Scholars Program engages students in global issues from the perspective of their particular major. Students take a set of classes that explore the big questions affecting the world and participate in monthly programming on campus followed by international study, research, or internship. The university's mission is not to merely produce graduates who excel in their chosen careers, but who also want to be a force for good. To that end, several initiatives provide hands-on experience for students who provide useful products and ideas locally and globally. Make A Difference Engineering (MADE@TU) engages students in producing durable equipment for disabled children and adults in Tulsa. The School of Art's Third Floor Design provides pro bono graphic design material for local nonprofits, while speech pathology students, under faculty supervision, provide assessment and therapy services for a variety of disorders. TU's Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas (SENEA) club provides humanitarian work with communities and families around the world. Academic resources available to undergraduates include McFarlin Library's internationally renowned collection of American, British and Irish literary documents as well as Native American historical documents; a partnership with Gilcrease Museum, one of the best institutions for the study of American and Native American art and history; an active undergraduate entrepreneurial program that gives students the skills and experience to set them apart as future business leaders; and access to cutting-edge technology and instrumentation, including scanning electron microscopes, a microarray core facility, and the world's largest research flow loop. Undergraduates interested in science or engineering benefit from TUs designation as a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance by the NSA. TU is one of six pioneer institutions selected by the National Science Foundation for the Federal Cyber Service Initiative (Cyber Corps). Undergraduates finish TU with a deep understanding of their discipline, practical experience in applying knowledge to real-world situations and extracurricular activities that help them mature personally and professionally. Because of these unique educational attributes and experiences, TU students routinely win prestigious honors -- 62 Goldwater Scholarships, 66 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships, 18 Fulbright Grants, 9 Truman Scholarships, 9 Udall Scholarships, 5 British Marshall Scholarships, and, of course, Kirk's Rhodes Scholarship (the third for TU).

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School Details

school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1894 Presbyterian Church (USA) Semester $975.6 million + 800 S. Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104 (918) 631-2000
overall score total score state city online paying global
53 100.0 Oklahoma Tulsa 291 295

Info & Regulations

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Campus size (acres) 209
Students who have cars on campus 61%
Alcohol permitted on campus for students of legal age Yes

Health & Safety

Basic student services offered

nonremedial tutoring
placement service
health service
health insurance

Campus safety and security services offered

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
Late night transport/escort service
24-hour emergency telephones
Lighted pathways/sidewalks
Controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.)


Career services offered

co-op education
on-campus job interviews
resume assistance
career/job search classes
alumni network
interest inventory
interview training

Computer Resources

Computers available for student use in

residence halls
computer center/labs
student center

Library & Museum Information

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On-campus library Yes
Museums or special academic buildings on campus Gilcrease Art Museum, North Campus Engineering Research Facility, Zarrow Center for Art and Education, Biotechnology Institute, Helmerich Center for American Research, Center for Communicative Disorders, Scanning Electron Microscope Lab, Institute for Inf

Learning Disabled (LD) Students

Services for LD students

Reading machines
Tape recorders
Diagnostic testing service
Untimed tests
Note-taking services
Oral tests
Learning center
Extended time for tests
Early syllabus
Priority registration
Priority seating
Substitution of courses
Texts on tape
Exams on tape or computer
Other testing accommodations

Physically Disabled Students

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Accessibility of campus to physically disabled students Mostly

Services for physically disabled students

Note-taking services
Special transportation
Tape recorders
Special housing
Adaptive equipment
Reader services
Braille services
Interpreters for hearing-impaired
Talking books