About Oakwood University

Founded in 1896, Oakwood University. is a Private college. Located in Alabama, which is a city setting in Alabama, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,740 full time undergraduate students, and 54 full time graduate students.

The Oakwood University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 100 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Oakwood University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate48%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range750-1010
ACT Range16-21

Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,49% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 18 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

57% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 32% were in the top quarter, and 14% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Oakwood University.

Oakwood University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    149 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    95 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    154 Students rated campus food 2.7 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    156 Students rated campus facilities 3.4 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    156 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    156 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    156 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    156 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Oakwood University?

48 Students rated Oakwood University

Daniella - 03/21/2024

Oakwood University is place that prioritises academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to others. It has a diverse student body and a supportive community atmosphere. Oakwood University is also a place that exhibits commitment to providing a holistic education that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit of its students.

Maya - 07/16/2023

Oakwood University is a christian university as well as an HBCU. There are plenty of opportunities on campus. This school is a great choice for those looking for a taste of culture, good academics and a variety of different activities. Oakwood values your education, safety and your overall experience.

Stephanie - 05/07/2023

Oakwood is very interesting HBCU University, which I am looking forward to graduating with my MBA Degree in 2025. I play basketball and atmosphere that the team has, made me feel right at home and at ease. Although I am not a religious person, I am willing to adapt to the school for sake of my future.

Jana - 03/03/2023

I enjoy it here at Oakwood. Everyone is friendly and outgoing. The sports is close knit here and everyone is friends. Huntsville is a great area as well! The campus food could be better but it is a vegan campus so do with that what you will but it’s still not too bad.

Oakwood University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Oakwood University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Oakwood University is 48%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    This is rather tricky to answer as I skipped high school and started college at age 13. But I do advise my friends that if they are going to take college credits make sure they will count towards any degree if you do not know what you want to major in. I would also stress that they should map out thier goals and how they plan to meet them while taking into account expenses. I just completed two years at the community college and am in a university now. Not only did I save greatly on tuition, the classes are smaller and students get more individulaized instruction. Lastly, I would recommend that they enjoy this experience and point in life as we prepare for our futures.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Oakwood University is extremely conservative and religious; I find many of the people there are very closeminded and not open to new or different views or things.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The school is disorganized as a whole. And they continuously seek to rip people off of their of their money.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are a knowledge-base of their own that isf tapped into can lead to further success in the future.

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  6. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    My college's choir, the Aeolians, are a national 3 gold medal winning choir.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    nice social atmosphere

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Oakwood University is the only Adventist HBCU. It is vegetarian, and most of the students that come here are very nice and respectful. The campus is very diverse, with even teachers coming from outside the states. Oakwood is a school that will help keep you focused, yet also allow you to relax and have fun.

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  9. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The financial aid process. It seems very unorganized and you always get the run around before someone actually helps to solve your problem.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    people who are not focuased

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Any student in search of a successful future, and a hunger for knowledge and a closer walk with God.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    the christian environment that it provides the studens with.

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    ...that it's virtually in the middle of nowhere compared to Orange County, California

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  14. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    Honestly, the reason why I decided to go to this school is very vague. I visited, with my sister who is n alumni, my sophomore year of high school. I immediately fell in love with their biology program. I loved how elaborate and extensive it was. I also LOVED the fact that the school was highly based off my religion-- Seventh Day Adventist Christian. That was the main reasons at first. I immediately applied and I actually got accepted and it felt like the happiest moment in my life. When I got there, I fell even more in love with the school. I made awesome friends, experienced awesome (and not so awesome) academics, joined social clubs, and mostly I was finally independent. I loved Oakwood back then and I love it now. Oakwood University is an AWESOME school... you just have to find your reason why you love it so much and why you are willing to spend 4 years experiencing your time there.

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  15. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    The library is the best place to get work done

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  16. What are your classes like?

    My classes are informative and interactive

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  17. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I absolutely LOVE my school, Oakland University. I really like the size of the university. It is not small and not super big. It is just the right size. There is a lot of school pride. The Golden Grizzlies, the men's basketball team have made it to the NCAA tournament and they are The Summit League champions. We have a student cheer section called "The Grizz Gang". They are the most spirited student section I have seen. Oakland is still growing, even in a recession. We have a medical school that just opened in 2011. We also have a new Human Health building with new facilities. The most frequent complaint is about parking, but really there is not a parking problem, it is a walking problem. There are enough parking spots for all of the students. Also, if you get to class half an hour early you shouldn't have a problem. My favorite part of Oakland is the atmosphere. It is just so welcoming and friendly. It makes me feel like I'm at home.

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  18. What are the academics like at your school?

    Academics are just wonderful at Oakland. All of my professors know my name, and not just because I am an over-achiever. They know everyone in the class's name. It also helps that the average class size is 35 students. My favorite class was an Honors College class. It was called: China: an Anthropological Perspective. It was a class based on discussion and was really stimulating. We also watched Disney's Mulan; that was really fun! I do spend time with professors outside of class. I go to their office hours and talk about random things and it is good to have faculty that know you.

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  19. Tell us about your professors.

    My professors are approachable, helpful and prayerful.

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  20. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I think the stereotype is that most of the students are uninvolved, commuter students. This stereotype is fairly accurate. However, there is a rich campus life. All you have to do is get involved. There are so many student organizations for students to join. As far as living on campus, there are only about 2000 students who live on campus, whereas around 19,000 students who attend Oakland. So, it is mainly a commuter campus. I live on campus and LOVE it. If you have the chance to live on campus, I would definitely suggest doing so.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Oakwood University receive some sort of financial aid. 55% were awarded federal grants. While 66% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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