Oakland University Reviews and Ranking Awards

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Oakland University is a public university in the northern part of the Detroit Metro Area. With over 15,000 undergraduate and around 3,500 graduate students the campus supports over eight schools and colleges. These schools span a wide range that includes Arts and Sciences, Business, Nursing, Engineering, Business, Education, and Health Sciences, to name a few. In fact, Oakland supports more than 275 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The school also offers online learning for those who live far afield or who are too busy to commute for classes. Oakland also offers the flexibility of a hybrid schedule that includes both traditional classroom coursework alongside online learning.

Overview of Oakland University

On campus, OU students are never idle. Every day students can engage in a vigorous workout or play sports with their teammates. There are loads of intramural and club sport options that include disc golf, kickball, tennis, rugby, ultimate frisbee, and golf, to name a few. Video gamers will also be excited to learn that OU offers five E-sports offerings, and surely more are possible for those with the initiative to organize a new league. Finally, students always have loads of social and cultural opportunities in the form of on campus cultural events, social clubs, and organizations that range from academic interests to on-campus media outlets.

All in all, Oakland University is a terrific educational opportunity for Michigan students who are eager to be part of their state's bustling economy.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 19:1
Graduation Rate 57%
Year Founded 1957

Student Enrollment

Total Students19,013


Undergraduate Student

Male 6,683
Female 8,860

Graduate Student

Male 1,492
Female 1,978

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Male 4,620
Female 7,823


Male 3,927
Female 6,415

Acceptance Rate83%

Male 85%
Female 82%

Enrollment 2,685

Male 1,122
Female 1,563
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline July 15
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Given the high value of its academic programs, the cost of education at Oakland University is rather reasonable. In fact, for Michigan residents, a full year of tuition, books, supplies, and fees is under $15,000. Out-of-state students pay a bit more, but their academic costs are still under $26,000. When living expenses are tallied, Michiganders face a total gross bill of between $27,000 for off-campus living and $28,000 for the convenience of on-campus life. Non-residents see a total gross price between $38,000 and $39,000.

However, the financial aid office is able to bring these costs down considerably. In fact, once they factor in grants and scholarships, students see an average net cost of under $13,000. The lowest income households pay even less with an average net price tag of around $7,500. At the upper end, households that report earnings of over $110,001 face a reasonable net price of under $18,000.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $12,843
Average Total Aid $10,154
Students Receiving Financial Aid 94%
Room & Board $11,022

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $13,934
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $24,708
  • Books and Supplies - $798
  • Room & Board - $11,022
  • Other - $2,634


Detroit's Oakland University has been enriching Michigan's culture and economy since 1957. Their record of academic excellence has surely launched the career of so many automobile executives, engineers, and even educators. When you evaluate their retention and graduation rates, you’ll find that OU's reputation is well earned.

The retention rate is a measure of how many first-time, full-time students return to OU's beautiful campus for a second year. It's assumed that only satisfied students return. After all, why spend so much time and money if one is not receiving top notch academic and personal enrichment. On this measure, OU posts an outstanding 76% retention rate. This strong figure is a good predictor of success in the long-term.

Indeed, OU reports that 57% of its students stay through graduation. When compared with many other public institutions in and outside of Michigan, this is impressive indeed. To add to this graduation rate, it's worth noting that 7% transfer. Since students often transfer to complete a degree in a more competitive program, it's clear that OU produces a total graduation rate of 64%, even if 7% receive sheepskins from other schools.

Student Population Total

Student Population 19,013

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 852 Total Graduates / 25%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 443 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 309 Graduates
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 22 Graduates
Environmental Health 20 Graduates
All Business Majors 669 Total Graduates / 19%
Human Resources Development 149 Graduates
Accounting 98 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 93 Graduates
Finance, General 86 Graduates
Engineering 354 Total Graduates / 10%
Mechanical Engineering 182 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 100 Graduates
Industrial Engineering 31 Graduates
Computer Engineering, General 26 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 180 Total Graduates / 5%
Communication, General 144 Graduates
Journalism 23 Graduates
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 13 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 171 Total Graduates / 5%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 133 Graduates
Biomedical Sciences, General 19 Graduates
Biochemistry 15 Graduates
Anatomy 2 Graduates
Biophysics 2 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 36%

Outcome & Salary

Oakland University graduates kick off their careers with a degree that has prepared them for success. OU's academic profile is rock-solid and campus life helps students form the sorts of personal and professional networks that will help support them for a lifetime. In the meantime, certain degree holders start their careers with stronger earnings. In fact, OU's electrical and electronics engineering graduates begin their working lives earning over $78,000 in reported median salary. That's before they receive a bonus and without factoring in hefty benefits packages. Rounding out the top reported earners are the registered nursing students who report median salaries of over $61,000.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $52,200
College Grads Average Salary $69,414
College Grads Mid Career Salary $93,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $694,140
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,630,140
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $51,372
10 Year Projected ROI $642,768
20 Year Projected ROI $1,578,768
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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