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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    D-
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  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 1,521 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Oakwood acceptance rate is 47%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Health Service Preparatory Studies, and Biology. Graduating 47% of students, Oakwood alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $21,800.
About Oakwood University...
Athletic Division
USCAA
Athletic Conference
Address
7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville, AL 35896
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Oakwood 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
47%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
890-1100
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$25,567/ 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
$9,847/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
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.102 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.102 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,521Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
129
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
56%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 61 responses
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  • Adventist
    28%
  • CHRISTIAN
    26%
  • Talented
    13%
  • Ambitious
    10%
  • Cultural
    7%
  • Driven
    7%
  • Hypocritical
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
88%
Poll
52%
of students say they don't have Greek life.88 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.128 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 61 responses
Report
  • Christ-centered
    79%
  • Unique
    8%
  • Fashionable
    7%
  • One of a kind.
    5%
  • Tradition
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
47%
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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Oakwood University is a very good school. The atmosphere is very welcoming, and it's a beautiful campus. The teachers and other staff members are excellent people, and reflect highly on the school. The worship you recieve is amazing! Everything about Oakwood is excellent.
Oakwood University is a Christian HBCU. Here you can find exactly what you're looking for; from great friends to an improved relationship with God. I believe like any other university, there will be highs and lows but for the most part, you'll get what you put out. Oakwood is also known for its musical prestige and academics (specifically pre-med). Many of the students here, graduates or not, go off to do great things in the world. Aesthetically, it is a relatively small campus but so much work is being done to make it better each year. In spite of it being a 4-year university, it doesn't have a huge variety of majors to choose from. Don't get me wrong, it has a good selection, but not as wide variety as anyone would expect. People are friendly, faculty is graceful, the food is not the best, it's in Alabama so everything closes early, and there aren't co-ed dorms. Just a few observations of mine.