Admissions 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.

The University reserves the right to refuse or revoke admission or readmission to any prospective student or returning student. Any applicant who intentionally withholds pertinent information or who falsifies information may be required to withdraw from ORU.

In addition, if certain documentation is not available or does not meet admission standards, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to offer admission to students based on professional judgment.

Each applicant should complete an application form and submit all post-secondary transcripts as well as an official high school transcript. Each applicant also needs to submit a signed Honor Code Pledge. Official transcripts from institutions attended outside of Oral Roberts University must be forwarded to the ORU Admissions Office. More information is available at online.oru.edu

 

FIRST TIME FRESHMAN APPLICATIONS

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 ACCEPT

The following criteria are required for full acceptance:

  • High school cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 or a 52 or higher average GED
  • A composite ACT score of at least 20 or an old combined SAT score of at least 940 or a new combined SAT score of 1020 on the verbal and math sections.

 

ITEMS TO BE SUBMITTED

Applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Admissions in order to be considered as candidates for admission. A decision will not be made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

  1. Application for Admission
  2. Academic Records
    Prior to acceptance, applicants must submit an official transcript (see below for details) from an accredited high school or an official transcript of the General Educational Development (GED) test scores. Applicants with prior college coursework must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. To be considered complete, a high school transcript must meet the following minimum requirements:
    1. Preliminary transcript – must reflect all coursework and final grades received for grades 9-11, and an overall grade point average (GPA).
    2. Final transcript – must reflect all coursework and final grades received for grades 9-12, must list graduation date, and an overall GPA.
  3. Test Scores
    An ACT or SAT test score will be required of any applicant that is within five years of high school graduation.
  4. Other Documentation
    If the Admissions Committee determines that additional information is needed in order to make a determination on the applicant’s status, the applicant may be required to submit letters of recommendation or other relevant documentation.

 

TRANSFER APPLICATIONS

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.

 

FULL ACCEPT

Transfer students with a minimum 2.0 cumulative/combined GPA for all colleges and universities attended are considered for full acceptance.

 

ITEMS TO BE SUBMITTED

Applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Admissions in order to be considered as candidates for admission. A decision will not be made until all documentation has been received and evaluated.

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

    Before submitting unofficial transcripts, please make sure they include the following:
    • Applicant’s First and Last Name
    • School name or logo printed on the document
    • List of completed courses and earned credit
  3. Upon an admission decision, official transcripts are required within 60 days; official transcripts are required in order to register for a second semester of courses.
  4. Other Documentation If the Admissions Committee determines that additional information is needed in order to make a determination on the applicant’s status, the applicant may be required to submit letters of recommendation or other relevant documentation.

 

INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS

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 asylee. 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 Testing System) score of 6.5 on the Academic Module.
  • 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.

 

SPECIAL STUDENT STATUS

Special Student Status Applicants 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. Financial Aid is not available for students with Special Student Status.

 

APPLICATION FOR READMISSION

Students who have not enrolled within one calendar year are required to submit an Application for Readmission. Applicants for readmission must be approved by the reapplication committee. Students are readmitted under current degree plans and policies, which could alter the students’ previously approved degree plans.

 

Tuition and Fees for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Tuition

$349 per credit hour

General Fee

$295 per Term (when enrolled in 12 hours or more)

 

$114 per Term (when enrolled less than 12 hours)

Technology Fee

$128 per Term