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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    D
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
Oakwood is a private, Christian university located in Huntsville, Alabama. As a historically black college, OU has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,449 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Oakwood acceptance rate is 66%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Biology, and Health Service Preparatory Studies. Graduating 48% of students, Oakwood alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $21,800.
7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville, AL 35896
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Oakwood University Rankings

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OU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
66%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
940-1010
ACT Range
16-22
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$25,938/ 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
$10,447/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.93 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.104 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.104 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    11%
  • On Campus
    82%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,449Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
132
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 61 responses
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  • Adventist
    30%
  • CHRISTIAN
    28%
  • Talented
    13%
  • Ambitious
    10%
  • Cultural
    7%
  • Driven
    7%
  • Hypocritical
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
52%
of students say they don't have Greek life.90 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.130 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 63 responses
Report
  • Christ-centered
    79%
  • Unique
    8%
  • Fashionable
    6%
  • One of a kind.
    5%
  • Tradition
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.59 responses
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There is no other University like Oakwood! The atmosphere is very open and loving. The extracurricular activities range from sports to poetry clubs. My favorite thing at Oakwood is the music. We are home of the Aeolians, Choir of the World 2018. There is also student led choirs that give the campus an opportunity to experience different styles of music. I also enjoy basketball season. Oakwood has very competitive fans, which makes attending basketball games a highlight of the semester. Although my school has a lot to offer, there are some things that need to be changed. I would like to see our expansion as far as the facilities on my campus. Many of our department buildings could use renovation because everyone enrolled in certain programs cannot fit comfortably within the space. Overall, Oakwood is a place to grow and develop mentally, spiritually, and academically. I am glad that I chose Oakwood for mt undergraduate experience, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
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As a young, African American female, Oakwood has been a safe place to grow and thrive. Emotionally, it has afforded me the place to feel safe. Mentally, it has challenged me to become a better version of myself. Academically, it has motivated me to pursue my passion as a musician. Overall, my experience at Oakwood has been pleasant. My fellow students and most of my professors have been nothing but positive and encouraging. While the atmosphere is beautiful, there are some downsides. I have seen a very evident lack of organization and communicaiton on the part of administration. Also, sports does not play a larger part in the University's campus life. Lastly, the school promotes a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, but the food is not the best.
Oakwood University is a great HBCU to fellowship and form life-long friendships. One downside is the tuition is very high per semester. However, your college experience is what you make it. I choose to make my college experience great and to make memories that I will remember forever!