The University of Tulsa was founded by Alice Mary Robertson in 1882 as the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The school was later re-charted as the Henry Kendall College in 1894 when the Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church upped the former boarding school’s status. In 1907 the college moved from the original location in Muskogee to the current site in Tulsa. 1920 saw the college merge with McFarlin College to create the University of Tulsa and in 1926, it became an independent corporation with a self-perpetuating board of trustees. Though it is still technically associated with the Presbyterian Church, there aren’t any religious requirements.
TU’s campus is situated around a grassy quad called “The U.” At the top of the U is the McFarlin Library, in an English Gothic style in cohesion with the architectural style of the rest of campus. Most academic buildings surround The U and the campus is fairly compact so getting between classes just takes a quick walk. Currently, much of the campus is undergoing renovations, and students complain about the constant construction. However, much of it is estimated to be completed within the next few years.
TU is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the second largest city in the state. Because TU is such a small school situated in a metropolis (of Oklahoma standards), the city doesn’t exactly qualify as a “college town.” Students say the locals are friendly and the city has that hospitable down-home vibe, but Tulsans aren’t required to be fans of the college like the other college-hosting towns in Oklahoma. The city has great restaurants, shops, bars, and a fun nightlife scene, but because it is so spread out, students really need cars to take advantage of everything off campus.
As put by a junior, “Some activities that happen every year are the "Screw Your Roommate" dance in which you set them up with a date, the Toilet Bowl (a flag football competition), Spring Fest, and Homecoming. Both Homecoming and Spring Fest are a week full of fun events and games. Last year at Spring Fest, TU brought in Ben Folds. All the students got to go to the concert for free.” The school also holds a massive Homecoming Bonfire the Thursday before the Homecoming football game.
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The Golden Hurricane teams are NCAA Division I and are members of Conference USA. TU has varsity men’s and women’s teams for basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The Golden Hurricane has won four national championships in women’s golf, and two national championships in men’s basketball. Because of its history of success, basketball is one of the most popular sports on campus, but the recent success of the football team has brought some dormant Hurricane spirit to life. TU has made an effort in the past few years to increase turnout to sporting events through student-section giveaways and a “wear blue” campaign to support the teams.
TU’s mascot is Captain Cane, a clothes-wearing personification of a golden hurricane.
TU’s on-campus mosque was one of the first at US universities.
TU is historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
TU has four separate residence halls, an Honors House, and some swanky university-owned apartments. There are co-ed dorms and also male or female-only dorms. There is a new-student dorm that houses freshmen only, as well as a dorm that boasts a Faculty-in-Residence program where students can get more involved with the university community by living around professors. Living spaces can range from singles to doubles to multi-person suites. The on-campus apartments are arranged into “villages” and are newer (and more tricked out) than the traditional housing, but cost a wad more.