Campus Description

Oral Roberts University is located on 263 acres of scenic, rolling countryside in suburban Tulsa, one mile from the Arkansas River. Tulsa, which has been called “one of America’s most beautiful cities,” offers many cultural opportunities for the students of its six private and proprietary universities, four state universities, and one junior college. Tulsa has an extensive system of libraries, art centers, and theater groups. The city has a program of beautiful parks and recreation centers, a vibrant Chamber of Commerce, and a major economic development and capital expenditure project.

Twenty major buildings grace the campus, and the university grounds include many landscaped areas, complete with seating under large oak trees. The prayer gardens surround the Prayer Tower and include benches and bronze statues. Lake Evelyn, a scenic pond near the residential halls, hosts a variety of geese, ducks, and other wildlife. A gazebo nearby has tables and seating for students to enjoy.

The John D. Messick Learning Resources Center/Marajen Chinigo Graduate Center is a seven-story, multi-million-dollar diamond-shaped building with 14 acres of library, laboratory, classroom, and office space, including the 458,000-square-foot Graduate Center extension. The library has a capacity for more than 1,000,000 volumes. The building is equipped with wireless Internet access, a closed-circuit TV system, television studios, and data processing equipment, and it houses the Elsing Rock and Mineral Museum.

The Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center is a 28,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that provides recreational activities for students as well as offices and places for alumni to meet. There are multiple living areas, computers, pool tables, ping pong, foosball, gaming stations complete with Wii’s and Xbox 360s as well as the largest television in Oklahoma. Wifi is available throughout the building. The Hammer Center houses the Student Association Offices and gives students additional dining options including Moe’s Southwest Grill and Jazzman’s Café and Bakery. Overall, the first floor provides an expansive area for students to take a break from studying and focus on fun, food, and fellowship. The second floor is home to ORU’s Alumni and Development Offices and offers an alumni lounge as well as a banquet area for alumni and donor events.

Seven Residence Halls, recently redecorated, can accommodate about 2,800 single undergraduate students. Each dormitory room is equipped with a small micro-fridge unit, a combination refrigerator and microwave oven. All residence hall rooms have cable television connections providing digital video. Students must provide their own digital T.V. Every residence hall room has at least one wired data connection in addition to wireless access to the Internet.

The Hamill Student Center houses the Student Union, Student Dining Commons, the Security Office, Zoppelt Auditorium, Chick-Fil-A, and Freshens Smoothies.

The Mabee Center is an elliptical arena with 10,575 permanent seats for indoor sports, public-speaking events, and popular concerts. Curtains and special lighting create Graham Symphony Hall and Johnston Theater, performing-arts quadrants of the arena. A multi-million dollar television studio adjoins the Mabee Center and houses the University Broadcasting offices. Newly added to the south section of the Mabee Center is a conference center.

The Prayer Tower, at the heart of the campus, is the tallest structure on campus. The 200-foot Prayer Tower represents a 24/7 prayer covering over the campus. The Visitors Center is housed in the base of the tower, surrounded by the multi-tiered Ralph L. Reece Memorial Gardens, and the observation deck is accessible by elevator.

The Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center houses the campus physical education facilities. It was designed as a fitness center for the implementation of an aerobics program created by Dr. Kenneth Cooper.

Timko-Barton Hall contains a performance hall and music/media technology labs as well as classrooms, offices, and recital halls of the Music Department.

Howard Auditorium has 1,000 seats for campus concerts, drama productions, and cultural events.

Christ’s Chapel, a 4,000-seat worship center and smaller Kennedy Chapel, also houses the Spiritual Life, Music Ministries, and Missions departments.

Billy Joe Daugherty Circle/Avenue of Flags is the main Lewis Avenue entrance to the Oral Roberts University campus. The driveways, lined with lighted flags representing the more than 60 nations from which ORU students come, were made possible through a gift from Ernest Simpson, a former ORU Regent. The centerpiece for the Avenue of Flags is the bronze-sculpted healing hands. The hands, 60 feet high, were a gift from Herbert and Diane Brown and were moved to their present site through a gift from former Regent Gerald Canning, in loving memory of his wife, Marjorie. Billy Joe Daugherty Circle was named in honor of Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty, who was an ORU trustee and served as an interim president.

The new $8 million Global Learning Center is designed to maximize the use of technology for learners both in Tulsa and across the globe. This state-of-the-art facility will leverage 50,400 square feet of totally redesigned space and the best in 21st-century technology for maximum student impact. This new cutting-edge learning center will include: web-based smart classrooms, virtual reality training hubs, supercomputer access for research, an augmented reality learning laboratory, a world-class video production studio, a 700-seat high-tech performance center and a cadre of new academic offices all in an environment using the latest scalable technology to provide unprecedented connectivity between ORU and the world.

Services and Facilities


The ORU library provides information resources and services for the entire ORU community, including students, faculty, staff, distance learners, and guest researchers. The library is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the John D. Messick Learning Resource Center (LRC) and in adjoining areas of the Marajen Chinigo Graduate Center (GC).

The library collection has over one half million holdings including 320,000 printed volumes, 150,000 electronic books, 40,400 microforms, and 31,000 audio-visual materials. The library also provides access to over 40,000 e-journals.

A state-of-the-art integrated library system provides an online catalog of the library collection as well as tracks patron use of materials. The librarians and staff of the Technical Services area—including acquisitions, cataloging, periodicals, and select resources—select, acquire, catalog, and process gift and purchased books, periodicals, and other materials.

The ORU library website ( is a portal to library resources available at any time from any computer with Internet access. Among the resources accessible through the website are over 130 online databases and reference collections. Remote access to these resources is available via a login to current students, faculty, and staff. Online research guides offer students, especially distance learners, 24/7 library support.

The Public Services area, composed of the Library Instruction, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Online and Lifelong Learners Services, and Reference departments, is staffed by professional librarians and staff whose primary responsibility is to serve the information and research needs of students and faculty. Special assistance is offered to distance learners in accessing materials housed in the ORU library.

Students, staff, and faculty check out and return library materials at the Circulation Desk. Personnel create patron records, place materials on reserve, and maintain the main collection, including audio-visual materials, on the fourth and fifth floors.

Books and articles not available in the ORU Library may often be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Electronic materials obtained through ILL are delivered via ORU e-mail, while paper and other formats may be picked up at and returned to the Circulation Desk.

The Library Information Commons (LINC), the glass-partitioned area accessible from both the LRC and the GC on the fourth floor, houses the Reference area, the Electronic Resources Center, the Periodicals Collection, the Library Instructional Lab, and eight group study rooms.

The Reference Desk is staffed by librarians and student assistants who provide individual research assistance and answer questions about access and use of electronic resources, periodicals, and other library materials. The noncirculating reference collection provides a concentration of key resources selected to provide essential background information from which more extensive research may be launched.

The Electronic Resources Center (ERC), immediately adjacent to the reference area, contains networked computers for accessing the Internet and the library’s electronic resources. In addition to university computers provided for student use, network ports facilitate use of patron-owned laptops in the ERC. Wireless access and Ethernet jacks are available throughout the library. The ERC is also equipped with networked printers, photocopiers, and scanners.

The Periodicals area contains a collection of current journals and magazines organized alphabetically. Older volumes are available in bound paper, microform, or CD-ROM formats and arranged by call number. Except those in the B classification, bound volumes published prior to 1979 are housed in the main collection on the fifth floor. Patrons may read, print, or digitize microform using the reader-printer-scanner provided. Periodical titles are searchable in the Publication Finder, which links to the electronic full text when available as well as to catalog records of those in paper and other formats.

In the Library Instructional Lab located at the back of the periodicals area, librarians offer library instruction classes, workshops, presentations, and one-on-one instruction to students and faculty on how to access and use information resources. The state-of-the-art lab is equipped with 30 computers for students, a laptop for the instructor, an LCD projector, sound system, printer and software that facilitates integrated digital classroom presentations.

The Curriculum Media Center (CMC), on the fifth floor, contains a children’s literature collection, media for grades K-12, audiovisuals, and other materials used for curriculum development. It serves primarily students and faculty in the College of Education.

The Music Listening Room, located in Timko-Barton Hall, contains a collection of primarily noncirculating materials including records, tapes, compact discs, and scores. Music majors are given priority for using these resources.

The Theology Library, which is integrated into the main collection, includes materials primarily in the BL–BX classification range. Also included are three closed collections that may be viewed by special request: the Elmar Camillo Dos Santos Collection, the William Sanford LaSor Collection, and the Jewish Theological Seminary Collection.

The Holy Spirit Research Center, on the fifth floor, contains a noncirculating collection of Pente-costal/charismatic and Holy Spirit materials. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of its kind in the world.


WiFi is available in all the ORU buildings. However, it does not always transmit into stairwells and elevators. There are also some Wifi access points outside, but not all outdoor areas are covered.

Academic Computer Labs make up four classrooms (GC2A02, GC2A03, GC2A04, GC2A05). Software for student use includes the Ultimate Microsoft Office Suite along with specialized programs used in several academic areas on campus, such as engineering, statistics, mathematics, and computer science.

The Student IT Help Desk is located at the Concierge’s Desk located on LRC 3. Technical support is provided by Information Technology. These services include support for email (GroupWise), Novell, dorm technology (e.g., cable TV, Internet, telephone), virus protection software, D2L, and ePortfolio®. The student IT Help Desk can be reached at (918) 495-6321.

Communication, Arts, and Media Studio and Labs, located on the first floor of the Learning Resources Center, contain a state-of-the-art television studio, six video editing stations, three audio labs, the Student Publications Lab, the Print and Broadcast Journalism Lab, and two multimedia labs. The main audio lab consists of seven 24-track consoles with outboard processing and Pro Tools editing software. A Foley stage, ADR studio and surround sound are part of another Pro Tools 002 studio.

The MultiMedia Institute Lab is powered by student-owned Mac Book Pros. Software used in this lab includes Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production bundle, Final Cut Studio, and Pro Tools. Students have access to 12 portable camera packages for field production.

In the New Technologies Mac Lab, students learn to tell digital stories demonstrating the power of hybrid media, and they learn to think creatively and to apply entrepreneurship and marketing skills. The lab has Macromedia’s Suite, Adobe’s Suite, Apple products, Newtek’s lightwave 3-D for animation, and other software.

The Student Publications Lab is equipped with Mac and PC computers. Software used is the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium bundle. Students produce The Oracle (student newspaper) and The Perihelion (yearbook) under faculty supervision.

The Print and Broadcast Journalism Lab is equipped with current professional tools such as Win+ (teleprompter software), Scriptware, QuarkXpress®,and Adobe Creative Suite®. The lab also has a live raw CNN feed as a news source for the weekly student Telenews production.

The J.L. Sanders International Language Lab and Cultural Center is a high tech lab that helps students improve their foreign language knowledge and skills. The lab is located on the second floor of the Learning Resources Center.

The center occupies two rooms with state-of-the-art equipment. One room, the language lab, contains 28 stations of Dell computers with Melissi Digital Classroom software, a Sympodium smart board, an ELMO video presentation stand, and Panasonic LCD display projector and screen.

In the lab, students practice conversation skills through the headsets, record their voices, type an essay in the target language, and send or receive digital files from the instructor station. Instructors are able to display Internet pages and various video feeds directly to student computers, as well as monitor students’ activity remotely to provide assistance as needed.

The second room, the cultural center, contains a resource library of books, magazines, DVDs, DC-ROMs, and audio CDs, which acquaint students with other cultures as well as teach various aspects of language. ORU is also a member of SCOLA, which offers news from around the world in various languages. The Cultural Center has 14 computers and various software (e.g., Rosetta Stone®) that allows students to earn interactively at their own pace and study foreign languages not offered in a classroom setting. The software provides language learning in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

The cultural center serves as a personal tutor to assist students in overcoming the challenges of learning a foreign language and also helps students traveling to another country by enabling them to practice speaking the language.

The Timko-Barton Media Technology and Commercial Music Lab is a facility located in the north end of the Timko-Barton Music Building. State-of-the-art equipment housed in the technology lab includes Macintosh supercomputers, ProTools digital audio workstations, DP and Logic sequencers, high-end synthesizers (Korg, Kurzweil, Alesis, etc.), mixing boards, MIDI controllers, and various support peripherals. A ProTools HD commercial studio occupies part of the lab. This suite is set aside for upperclassmen to pursue real-world recording opportunities.

The College of Business recently dedicated the new ONEOK Executive Boardroom, called “The Shark Tank,” which is a high-tech, executive-style boardroom that serves as a teaching laboratory. It provides students the opportunity to experience the reality of making a presentation in a setting that closely approximates boardrooms students are likely to experience once they are in the business world.

The College of Education provides two Education Technology Centers (ETC), one located on the fifth floor of the Graduate Center, and one on the 22nd floor of the CityPlex Towers in the College of Education Adult Learning Center. The Education Technology Centers are used as model teaching and demonstration classrooms/laboratories. In addition to being used in the Educational Technology course, the model rooms are available for professional development and as demonstration units for seminars and other professional development activities for area educators.

The Education Technology Centers provide teacher candidates and faculty with current technology tools necessary for completing an electronic portfolio. The ETC has both black and white and color printers, scanners, digital video cameras, digital still cameras, video editing software, CD burners, electronic white boards, and both Windows and Apple computers, as well as a sampling of excellent software for life in and out of the classroom.

The Communication, Arts, and Media Department maintains the Douglas Latta Computer Lab, which supplements the technology requirements for students majoring in graphic design print and graphic design video. Dedicated work stations allow for video editing, 3D animation, printing, scanning, and networked storage. All design courses utilize the lab’s supplemental instructional tools, including drawing tablets, standard and high definition video camera, digital still cameras and lenses, audio-video projection system, and a large format color printer.

KORU (now called mBox) radio station offers bi-lingual (English and Spanish) online broadcasting.

All residence hall rooms have cable television connections providing digital video for students who bring their own digital T.V.s. Every residence hall room has at least one wired data connection in addition to wireless access to the Internet and network connections to link personal computers to the Internet, the ORU library’s electronic resources, and the ORU academic computing system, which includes email and various software products. All dorm lobbies provide wireless access, and wireless capabilities are available in most locations throughout the campus.

Student Resources

The Tutoring Center provides trained peer tutors and self-directed active learning programs to help students with their academic work in English and mathematics. Tutors provide assistance on writing assignments and mathematics for all students in every discipline. In addition to individualized tutorial instruction, the Tutoring Center has computers, giving students access to word processing and Internet services. Students enrolled under the Bridge Program, in COMP 101, or in MAT 099 are required to complete a schedule of instruction in the Tutoring Center.

The campus bookstore is located on the third floor of the Learning Resources Center. Students may purchase textbooks, classroom supplies, personal items, ORU clothing, and other supplies. The bookstore accepts cash, credit cards, personal checks with valid driver’s license, Eagle Bucks, and Follett Bucks. More information is available at (918) 495-6566.

The Iannelli Memorial Veterans’ Lounge is located on the second floor of the Learning Resources Center. Capt. Ryan Iannelli, a 2006 ORU graduate and baseball player during his time at ORU, served as a Marine Super Cobra pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269. On Sept. 28, 2011, he was killed during a combat operation while flying his helicopter in Afghanistan. A plaque in honor of his service to our country and his time at ORU hangs in the lounge, which provides a place for veterans to relax and study.

The ORU Business Center, providing document preparation and copy services, has experienced staff to help students and faculty produce and copy a variety of professional documents such as class assignments, brochures, flyers, resumes, book critiques, reports, senior papers, theses, and dissertations. The Business Center is located on the second floor of the Graduate Center (GC) and may be reached at (918) 495-6848 and (918) 495-6847. The Business Center accepts cash, checks, and Eagle Bucks.

Several on-campus eating facilities provide a variety of food options. The student Dining Commons is the main cafeteria, serving a full range of meals, and is housed in the Hamill Student Center. Also in the student center are Chick-fil-A and Freshens Smoothies. The Deli, which serves made-to-order sandwiches and wraps as well as hot meals, soups, and salads, is located on the main floor of the Graduate Center. On the main floor of the LRC are the GreenCuisine, which serves healthful snacks and light meals, Freshens Smoothies, and Hava Java, which serves a variety of hot and cold drinks and pastries throughout the day and early evening. Moe’s Southwest Grill and Jazzman’s Cafe and Bakery are housed in the new Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center.

The campus post office is located on the ground floor of EMR residential hall. All residential students are assigned locked post office boxes in which they receive their mail. The campus post office may be reached at (918) 495-6628.

The Student Resources Office helps all new students entering ORU by assisting in the development of their first semester schedules. All freshman exploratory majors and students admitted on the Bridge Program are advised in the Student Resources Office throughout their freshman year. The advisor helps students set academic goals and assists them in the selection of a major based on their individual strengths. All other students are assigned an advisor in their major areas of study. All faculty members set aside regular office hours to assist students.

In addition, the Student Resources Office, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, assures that no qualified individual with a disability will be denied reasonable accommodations in modification of policies, practices, and procedures. The Student Resources Office offers reasonable accommodations to clients based upon their individual needs. Accommodations offered to clients as services through this office include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Alternative testing
  • Textbooks on tape
  • Adaptive HPE
  • Interpretation
  • Note-taking and transcriptions
  • Text enlargements
  • Counseling on disability issues
  • Parking and access services
  • Academic adjustments
  • Additional accommodations (as deemed reasonable)


These accommodations are based on need, not desire. All services are intended to allow clients full access to the programs and campus of Oral Roberts University and are not intended to give the client an unfair advantage over other students.

Students who wish to access services should contact the Student Resources Office. Provision of services includes an intake process during which the existence of a qualified disability is verified and appropriate, reasonable accommodations are identified. Assistance may be obtained by calling (918) 495-7018.

Student Counseling Services provides quality professional counseling with a Christian worldview for all ORU graduate and undergraduate students. The counseling staff is committed to the emotional, psychological, social, academic, and spiritual wellness of the ORU student community. Services include personal counseling, marital and pre-marital counseling, and crisis intervention. Student Counseling Services also provides referrals to mental health professionals and services available in the Tulsa community. All on-campus services are free and confidential.

The Eagle Card Center is located on the third floor of the Learning Resources Center. Every student must bring a valid government photo ID to receive an Eagle Card, which serves as the student’s ID card. Students may also use Eagle Cards for dining services both on and off-campus, library check-out, athletic events, aerobic center access, and for vending and laundry machines. More information is available in the Eagle Card Center at (918) 495-7256.

Student Health Services is located on the first floor of the EMR residential hall. ORU students are eligible for these services. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A full-time registered nurse is available Monday through Friday, and a physician is available during special clinic hours. The Student Health Services phone is (918) 495-6341.

To facilitate the physical development of students, ORU provides services through the departments of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPE); Health Services; and Intramural Athletics. The ORU program focuses on the concept of aerobics in a physical fitness program designed by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, a former Air Force physician and innovator of the exercise program used by the astronauts. The HPE program is housed in the Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center, an innovative physical fitness center that includes a human performance laboratory.

The Career Services Center provides students and alumni with the occupational resources, networking opportunities, and individualized career counseling required to prepare for successful career transitions.

The following services are provided:

•Strengths-based Assessment. Comprehensive assessment instruments are available to assist students with the process of self-evaluation in selecting academic majors and developing career strategies that correlate with their talents, skills, and interests. 

•On-campus interviewing and recruitment. During the fall and spring semesters, organizations from across the country conduct on-campus interviews and participate in various events designed to connect students with those potential employers. The calendar of such on-campus events is posted on the Career Services website:

•Job Postings. Current listings of worldwide employment opportunities and internships from every sector of industry are maintained online with Career Services through the Golden Hire Network ( Students are encouraged to utilize this resource when seeking either temporary or permanent positions.

•Golden Hire Network. Career Services maintains a fully integrated online database linked to the Career Services' web site at This resource provides a venue for strategic employment partners and the human resources professionals of organizations around the world to connect ORU students, graduates, and alumni for potential opportunities. All on-campus employment, internships, part-time and full-time positions offered to ORU students and alumni are updated daily and available through this Internet medium 24/7.

•Career Performance Workshops. Frequent workshops (e.g., resume workshops and mock interviews) are offered to students regarding practical, work-related skills necessary for securing and maintaining a successful career.

•Graduate and Professional Education. Extensive files are maintained in graduate and professional educational programs available to students and alumni seeking to continue their education. Guidance and counseling in preparing for the application process are also available. More information is available on the Career Services' web site at

The staff of the ORU Department of Public Safety and Security maintains a highly visible 24-hour presence. Uniformed officers must be CLEET certified yearly by the State of Oklahoma. The staff routinely inspects all fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarm systems, exterior lighting, and building access ways and makes recommendations as needed to enhance systems. ORU annually submits the Campus Crime and Security Survey as required by the Secretary of Education.

The university provides e-Alert, an e-mail subscription service for notifying students, faculty, and staff of important information and emergency situations. Students who register for ORU Alerts receive free, timely alerts directly to their e-mail capable desktop computer, cellular phone, or pager in campus situations that require immediate communication.

In accordance with the Campus Security Act, ORU makes available a copy of The Annual Security Report pamphlet to each student through our website at The Safety and Security office is located on the ground level of the Hamill Student Center.