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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  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 12,549 undergraduate students. The Oakland acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Nursing, Health Professions, and Psychology. Graduating 46% of students, Oakland alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,000.
About Oakland University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Horizon League
Address
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309

Oakland University Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1010-1230
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,123/ 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
$9,476/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.142 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.161 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.161 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,549Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,352
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 120 responses
Report
  • Involved
    28%
  • Nice
    23%
  • Average
    16%
  • Anti-social
    11%
  • Awesome
    10%
  • Commuter
    8%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.174 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.215 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 127 responses
Report
  • Homey
    23%
  • Serene, Peaceful, Caring
    22%
  • Great
    15%
  • The beautiful rolling hills.
    10%
  • Quaint
    7%
  • A mess
    6%
  • Gorgeous
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
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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As a senior, OU has changed ALOT in the last 3 years! They've expanded and made more study areas which has been incredible. I loved my major, advisers, and everyone in my classes were always kind. It was always "we're all in this together" attitude, ESPECIALLY in labs! I made all my friends in those classes. As someone who is attending grad school after OU, they really prepare us for the rigorousness of that. Also, theres tons of free stuff on campus. Not much of a party area though, i commuted so i cant really comment on how the dorms are but i heard the honors college housing is incredible. I wish OU would expand their graduate programs since they have a medical school maybe they should open up a dental school! I would love that. Only downsides are the math department but when i took calculus in 2019 it wasnt that bad i was able to pass with a B. Overall i've love my experience and i will be a proud alumni.
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I have been at Oakland for a year now and I absolutely loved it. Oakland University’s staff makes our lives as stressed college students as easy as possible. They offer tons of easy access scholarships, an unbelievable amount of undergraduate opportunities for all majors and even free parking! The adjustment was so easy for me my freshman year. I moved into the honors college and almost immediately had friends that I can’t live without now. It has truly been a wonderful experience and I couldn’t have picked a better route for a future physicians assistant.
Oakland University is an amazing school! The campus is absolutely beautiful and there are attractions for every student. I love the connections that I've made with my professors and students. Everyone is so nice and friendly, OU always finds a way to make you feel at home even if you don't live there. My favorite places are the library and the OC, it's such a lively campus everyday. I'm very blessed to have the opportunity to attend OU. Ever since I started OU I've noticed a change in myself, I've become more outgoing and more happy. If I could change anything, I would only change the parking. I want more parking spots because it gets a little packed, especially since every year there are more and more students attending OU because it's amazing! I would recommend OU to anyone because I'm so proud to be a golden grizzly. I'm so happy and thankful to be a part of this amazing school, OU will always have a special place in my heart!