Oral Roberts University is a leading Christian institution in the US that focuses on helping its students develop in mind, body and spirit. ORU is situated in Tulsa — the ‘Oil Capital of the World’ and the second largest city in the state of Oklahoma. Regularly cited as one of the best US cities to live in, Tulsa is famous for its Art Deco architecture, world-class museums, and its place in Native American history.

For international students looking to combine a world class education with their Christian faith and living, Oral Roberts University is a great choice. Here’s why:

A Christ-centered, ‘Whole Person’ Education

Founded in 1963, Oral Roberts University provides students with an outstanding education in the context of a vibrant Christ-centered community. It is the first University of its kind to provide an education for the whole person — mind, body and spirit. It does so with: flexible and relevant academic programs, a top-notch faculty and learning environment, a vibrant and welcoming campus, and a focus on promoting physical health through athletics and personal fitness. Incoming freshman Joshua Adenusi from Nigeria says, “there’s potential in every person just waiting to be awakened;” Adenusi — like other students that choose ORU — believes the Whole Person Education can empower him to pursue his spiritual and professional calling.


Supportive Campus and Local Community

ORU has a diverse community with students from more than 85 nations and every corner of the US, all living on a beautiful 263-acre campus. Outside of the classroom, most degree programs have a student-run club that provides insight and support into each particular field of study. For students seeking extra-curricular worship and service opportunities, there are weekly chapel services, student-led worship events, chaplain programs, local outreach, and mission trips. Multiple on-campus events and carnivals also run throughout the year and bring together entire dorm groups for a time of food, fun and fellowship. ORU’s Christian-centered code of conduct and culture of warmth and hospitality provides a safe and welcoming environment for all students.

Off-campus, the city of Tulsa has almost 1 million residents in the metropolitan area, providing both a small-town feeling and the benefits of a large city, including great job opportunities, excellent recreational options and plenty of places of worship.


A Top-Ranked Education and Diverse Programs

ORU has been recognised annually by US News and World Report and Princeton Review as one of the best regional universities in the US. In addition to housing one of the world’s most respected colleges for theology and ministry, it’s also one of the leading liberal arts universities in the US, with over 135 majors and minors, 12 master’s programs, two doctoral programs, and opportunities for on-campus and online learning. Programs range from business and media to engineering and nursing.

ORU also features small classroom sizes (16 students to one professor, per classroom), professors who are both leaders in their respective fields, and mentors who invest in building one-on-one relationships with students.


High Quality Financial Aid and Scholarships

According to research compiled with data from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS), 92% of ORU students receive financial assistance. Incoming freshmen academic scholarships range from $6,000-$13,000 per year; honors program awards for upto $20,000, and a variety of scholarships focused on talent and sporting skills are also awarded. With recently increased academic and legacy scholarships, as well as the premier Quest Whole Person Scholarship, ORU students are awarded the support they need to “make no little plans here” — a motto they abide by in their vision to go out into the world and succeed.

Top Athletics Programs and Focus on Fitness

The University features 14 NCAA Division I programs, some of the highest competing sports programs in the US, ranging from baseball and basketball, to golf, tennis and track & field. For those who enjoy playing sports more informally, ORU’s dorms host inter-dorm competitions to keep students active and build camaraderie within and outside their dorms. Students are also encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle, take part in the school’s aerobics program, and make use of the many fitness facilities offered on campus.


Oral Roberts University provides a world-renown Christian education that supports your academic and professional ambitions. If you think ORU is a good fit for you, check out the university profile on SchoolApply and start your online application.