Admission Information - Undergraduate

Admission Requirements

Candidates demonstrating a strong Christian commitment, academic ability, moral character, personal integrity, and a desire to pursue a liberal arts education are considered for admission to Oral Roberts University. Admission may be denied for such things as crimes, moral turpitude, misconduct, prior suspension, or any other factors that would be detrimental or disruptive to the university or its students.

Students should refer to the online and lifelong learning section of this catalog for admissions requirements unique to the online programs.

First-Time Freshman Applicants

A first-time freshman is defined as an applicant with fewer than 15 college hours earned from a regionally accredited institution after graduating from high school.

Full Acceptance. The following criteria are required for full acceptance:

• High school cumulative GPA of at least 2.6 or a 52 or higher average GED.

• Graduation rank in the top 40% of the student’s class.

• A composite ACT score of at least 20 or an SAT score of at least 1020 or higher (math and critical reading sections combined)

Probationary and Bridge Applicants. Applicants whose GPA scores or graduation ranks do not meet the criteria for full acceptance may be considered for acceptance on probation or through the Bridge Program. Students accepted on probation are subject to academic progress requirements set forth by the university registrar. Requirements are listed in the Probation and Suspension section of this catalog. Students accepted through the Bridge Program are given the opportunity to demonstrate academic readiness through a prescribed program designed to help them gain the necessary skills to be successful in college. To continue in the program, students must demonstrate academic readiness during the first semester. The Student Success and Retention office has more information.

Early Acceptance. Candidates may apply to ORU at the conclusion of the junior year in high school. They should submit their scholastic records, state the courses they expect to pursue in the senior year, submit SAT or ACT scores (taken in the junior year), and request the required references. Senior-year test scores and grades should be submitted when available.

Transfer Student Applicants

A transfer applicant is defined as one who has earned 15 or more college credit hours from a regionally accredited institution or institutions with which ORU has articulation agreements after high school graduation.

A transfer applicant must complete the requirements for admission and submit a final official transcript from all colleges attended. An official transcript is one sent directly from the previous institution’s registrar to the ORU Admissions Office. A student may not omit any part of his or her college records. Official transcripts (or letters regarding withdrawal) are required from all colleges at which the student has enrolled regardless of whether the work was satisfactory or unsatisfactory, or whether the student withdrew while the work was in progress. Transcripts should note the dates of withdrawal and honorable dismissals. Upon approval, course credits may be transferred, but grade point averages from other institutions are not transferred to ORU. Accepted transfer credit appears on the ORU transcript in summary form.

Transfer applicants with fewer than 24 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution must also submit a copy of their high school transcript. Only non-remedial courses are considered for admissions purposes. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request high school transcripts if deemed needed.

Transfer students with a minimum 2.0 cumulative/combined GPA for all colleges and universities attended are considered for full acceptance. The Bridge Program and acceptance on probationary status are not available to transfer students.

International Applicants

An international applicant is defined as any student applying to ORU who holds a visa allowing study, and is not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or assylee.

International applicants are considered for admission under the same criteria as first-time freshman and transfer applicants (listed in those sections of this catalog) with the following additional requirements:

• English proficiency is required for students whose first language is not English. This proficiency can be met with an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score. A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500 (173-computer-based or 61 Internet-based). A minimum IELTS (International English Language Language Testing System) score of 6.5 on the Academic Module.

• Affidavit of support and bank statements verifying ability to pay. Financial statements are also required for immigration purposes.

• A photocopy of the name page of the applicant’s passport. If the applicant does not yet have a passport, the applicant must include the name as it appears on the applicant’s national identity card or birth certificate.

• All alternate names and variations of the applicant’s names need to be on the applicant’s application to ORU. It is extremely important that all correspondence, forms, transcripts, etc., use the same name and spelling. Materials cannot be often matched when spelling or use of the name is inconsistent.

• The applicant’s family name must be circled on the ORU application.

Concurrent Enrollment Applicants

A high school senior who has not yet graduated from high school may be admitted to take classes when the following conditions exist:

• The student must be a high school junior or senior having a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale.

• The student must complete the Concurrent Student Application and submit it along with the Concurrent Student Approval form to the Admissions Office at least four weeks before the beginning of the term.

Concurrent students may enroll in up to six preapproved hours per semester. Students completing a semester with minimum ORU GPAs of 2.5 are eligible to continue enrollments as concurrent students.

Special Student Applicants

Special students are those who by permission of the Admissions Office are admitted to certain courses without being required to satisfy all entrance requirements or carry the number of courses prescribed for regular students. Work done by special students does not count toward a degree unless such students justify regular standing by completing all admission procedures.

Applicants for Readmission

Students interrupting their educational programs by not enrolling any subsequent spring or fall semester must submit simplified Applications for Readmission to the Admissions Office. When additional coursework has been completed at other institutions, official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants for readmission must be approved by the Registrar’s Office, the Student Development Office, and the Student Accounts Office. Students should refer to the distance learning section of this catalog for requirements unique to online courses.


Applicants (first-time, international, and transfer) need to submit the following items when applying to ORU:

•Application (available online)

•Application fee ($35; fee is waived if the student applies online.)

•Secondary School Record. Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Most applicants follow a challenging college preparatory curriculum in high school. This curriculum should include a minimum of 12 units (a unit is equal to one year of study). No units are granted for activity courses, such as athletics, band, choir, or vocational courses. The following secondary school credits are recommended:

• Four years of English

• Two years of a foreign language

• Two years of mathematics, including algebra and geometry (or two years of algebra)

• Two years of science, one of which must be a laboratory science

• Two years of social studies

• Four years of electives

The GED (minimum 52) and the international baccalaureate are also considered in the admission process.

Home-schooled applicants may be required under special circumstances to submit additional curricular information and/or proof of high school equivalency.

•Entrance Examination Scores. Satisfactory scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) are required for applicants to the freshman class. Either exam is acceptable, and multiple scores may be submitted. Only the highest of multiple scores submitted on the same exam is used for acceptance purposes.

Information about these tests is available from high schools or directly from the testing organization.

College Entrance Examination Board
Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08540
American College Testing Program
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52243


English proficiency is required for students whose first language is not English. One of the following is required:

Test of English as a Foreign Language
International English Language Testing Service

•Health History and Immunizations. A health assessment form is provided to each student and should be returned prior to Auguest enrollment and orientation. To safeguard the ORU community, certain immunizations are also required. Specific information is available from Student Health Services at (918) 495-6341. A complete immunization record must be certified by Student Health Services prior to the first day of class.

•Interview. A personal interview is recommended although not required under ordinary circumstances. However, if for any reason the Admissions Committee deems it advisable, an interview may be required before admission is granted.

•Enrollment Fee. When admission is granted, a nontransferable enrollment fee is required to secure scholarship/grant offers, and the student’s place in the upcoming class. The enrollment fee should be paid no later than May 1 (for fall semester) or by December 1 (for spring semester). Enrollment fees received after this date are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Applicants accepted to the university with deficiencies, as determined by the Admissions Committee or placement exam, may satisfy the deficiencies by taking appropriate courses.

International students matriculating in a bachelor of arts degree program are generally required to meet the same entrance and degree requirements in foreign language as United States students. However, students who have proof of foreign birth and citizenship, whose native language is not English, and who have studied academically for four years at the high school level in their native language meet the entrance and degree foreign language requirements.

Students matriculating in a bachelor of science program may present additional mathematics or science credits in lieu of a foreign language.

Application Deadlines and Notification

Students applying to Oral Roberts University need to submit application materials by the dates below in order to receive early or priority decision letters:

• For fall and summer enrollment

Early Action—November 15

Priority Consideration—February 15

• For spring enrollment

Priority Consideration—September 15

Early action allows students the opportunity to receive an early decision and notification of scholarships. Priority consideration allows applicants to receive priority consideration for financial aid and room assignments.

Students submitting applications received on or after March 15 (for fall enrollment) and October 15 (for spring enrollment) are notified of decisions on a first-come basis for admission and financial aid.

Placement and Proficiency Examinations

Credit toward ORU degrees can be obtained by ways other than by attending ORU classes. Students can take an institutional test-out for course credit. An exam can also determine the appropriate course level for a student.

Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

ORU may grant a combined maximum of 60 semester hours toward an undergraduate degree for Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examinations; scores from general examinations are not accepted. AP scores of 3 or higher and CLEP scores of 50 or higher are generally accepted. The Registrar’s Office, with approval from appropriate department chairs and deans, determines placement and amount of credit awarded.

Students should contact the Admissions Office at (918) 495-6518 or (800) 678-8876 for information about acceptable tests and scores.

AP and CLEP score reports are kept in permanent student files and cannot be copied or reissued. Official AP and CLEP score reports can be obtained by writing to the following addresses:

Advanced Placement Program
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600


ORU Placement Examinations

English, mathematics, foreign language, and reading placement tests are required of freshmen with fewer than 15 college credit hours earned after high school graduation. The specific placement tests required of each student may vary depending upon the declared major. Students scoring at the 25th percentile or lower on a standardized reading test are required to enroll in a reading and study skills course.

Language Proficiency for Teacher Certification

Any student seeking admission to the College of Education’s Professional Education Program for teacher certification must have successfully completed the 102 level or higher of an approved modern language with a grade of “C” or better or have passed a proficiency exam at the 102 level or higher. More information is available in the College of Education section in this catalog.