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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
Oakland is an above-average public university located in Auburn Hills, Michigan in the Detroit Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 12,656 undergraduate students. The Oakland acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Nursing, Health Professions, and Psychology. Graduating 55% of students, Oakland alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,000.
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Horizon League

Oakland University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Oakland Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1010-1240
ACT Range
21-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$12,384/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,322/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.142 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.175 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.175 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    24%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,656Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,143
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 132 responses
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  • Involved
    27%
  • Nice
    23%
  • Average
    16%
  • Anti-social
    11%
  • Commuter
    10%
  • Awesome
    9%
  • Approachable
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.188 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.229 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 141 responses
Report
  • Homey
    26%
  • Serene, Peaceful, Caring
    21%
  • Great
    15%
  • The beautiful rolling hills.
    9%
  • Quaint
    7%
  • A mess
    6%
  • Gorgeous
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.118 responses
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Due to Covid-19, in April 2020 our classes were transferred from classroom to online lecture in the matter of 7 days. I couldn't believe how well each teacher organized the page to include each week's material and allowed us to keep on track easily with all that was going on. Also, the way that some teachers did the lecture by recording their screen or doing a live online lecture worked just as well for me as the in-person lecture. I've taken online classes also in Summer 2020 that were already established online classes, and the main thing I love is the organization of all the class material. You always know what the week's assignments consists of and some classes allow you to work ahead on the material!
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Oakland University has a very homely environment and a beautiful campus! As a student who stays on campus I love the amenities and the ability to wake up and go to class on a campus small enough to be comfortable but big enough to be exciting. My teachers have all been excited and ready to help me learn and I've never had any bad experiences when it comes to the different departments. The biggest thing I have an issue with is Grahm Health Center. Their health clinic on campus is perfect for small woes but isn't a place one should seek support in when it comes to mental issues. Their staff is nice and all but the place feels off and they don't treat you if you have been clinically diagnosed with pretty much anything. They'll quickly refer you somewhere else. However, I have had a great experience with Oakland University and I am proud to call myself a Golden Grizzly!
I have intentionally taken only a few online classes at OU, however, due to COVID-19 all of my classes finished the semester online during the Winter semester of 2020. I have found that the professors who run online classes do their best to communicate and keep a connection not only between themselves and students but among students as a classroom community! There are many resources from professors and OU that are helpful with online learning and in my experience, my professors have been more than willing to meet for in-person office hours as need be!