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Founded in 1894, University of Tulsa. is a Private college. Located in Oklahoma, which is a city setting in Oklahoma, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 3,406 full time undergraduate students, and 1,157 full time graduate students.
The University of Tulsa Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 348 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Tulsa include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at TU are considered More Selective, with ,77% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
98% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 86% were in the top quarter, and 72% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Tulsa.
164 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.
95 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
177 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.
180 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.
179 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 73 % gave the school a 5.0.
180 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.
182 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.
182 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.
87 Students rated University of Tulsa
I am a former student of Tulsa University, and Tulsa was an interesting place. When I first applied to Tulsa in high school, Tulsa was known for academic rigor and small class sizes. Due to Covid-19, Tulsa University decided to loosen their standards of acceptance. Most notably, their ACT and SAT requirements were thrown out. Tulsa gave me good scholarships, but it was nowhere near enough to cover all of the costs. Despite getting great grades, running track for Tulsa, and also working multiple jobs for Tulsa while I was there, they refused to give me any more financial help. Furthermore, the acceptance rate was skyrocketing, which made me more of a standout student compared to the average Tulsa University student. Despite this, Tulsa continued to deny my need for more financial help, so I decided to transfer because I did not feel valued at their institution.
This was extremely upsetting for me because in 82 hours of coursework, I did not dislike a single professor I worked with. The professor at Tulsa are amazing! However, the students are steadily getting less academically driven as the acceptance rate drastically increases. It is extremely disappointing to be disregarded by Tulsa's financial aid advisors. They seem to be incredibly driven by money, instead of quality education and retaining high quality students.
Mediocrity is not something many pride themselves in but for the University of Tulsa (TU), that’s the main attraction. Mediocre location, mediocre campus facilities, and most importantly, a mediocre education. Even though this university does brag about being the most prestigious in Oklahoma, that honor falls only onto the petroleum engineering majors—go, “Oil Capital of the World”, go! Liberal arts majors are constantly imprisoned in dwindling choices of classes, with funding getting increasingly cut every year. Since TU feasts off the success of science majors (as it is a science-based school), the classes of my chemistry major are safe, for the time-being. However, with its massive debt, TU constantly overlooks basic aesthetics, like windows, in the science building—the history department must be jealous of my experience being trapped in a dungeon almost every day.
Though the negatives are abundant, there’s always a relatively positive side to mediocrity. The professors go above and beyond to assist with coursework, whether in person or in Zoom conferences, post-pandemic. The students, albeit lacking in diversity, are humanized and, thankfully, completely unrecognizable (personality-wise) from their high-school selves from a couple years backs.
Therefore, in my honest opinion, TU is not a garbage school but is also not an Ivy, both for obvious reasons. It is a school of mediocrity, mediocrity built by dungeon-like features and balanced by the community's compassion.
The amount of diversity on this campus is phenomenal. There are so many options for whatever you're looking for and everyone is always ready to help. The staff is so nice and especially my academic advisor, Kristle Lacy was beyond amazing she made the process so much easier for me; she always responded so fast to any emails I had.
The University of Tulsa is a private institution that prides itself on a challenging academic curriculum as well as a unified community! TU highly encourages philanthropic endeavors as well as becoming leaders within organizations. I have truly loved my time at TU. I know that if I need support I can reach out to my professors or peers and they will be there.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Tulsa is 36%. 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 _____.
You listen to me, and you listen to me good! Do not. I REPEAT. Do not let others influence you. You know you have homework to finish, a test to study for, a book to read, and/or a paper to write. Don’t let your friends talk you into going out and not studying for your test. Don’t let your boyfriend sweet-talk you out of doing homework. Don’t let your family distract you from writing your paper. I know that smart little brain of yours is yelling at you to tell them NO. There will be plenty of other times to have fun with your friends, boyfriend, and family. It may be hard to say no to them now, but it’ll be harder on you when you see your grades at the end of the semester. Listen to me on this. I’m older and wiser now, so just listen to me and you’ll thank me later.
My classmates are diligent individuals working to furthur thier knowledge and future careers by means of a quality education.
Its a smaller school,with a big campus attiude. I liked the fact that it was a high spirited school ,supporting the arts,sports,and academics.
The campus is beautiful, the teachers are helpulf and the students are friendly.
At times, the food selection in the school dining hall can be beyond unacceptable. Thankfully there are a decent number of other options on and next to campus for food. This is just very frustrating considering how much students pay for meal plans if the food is sub par at best.
One great thing is the majority of students are on some sort of scholarship. This means they have minimum GPA they need to maintain: while majority of students are all about having fun and being relaxed, most are here primarily to study and take school seriously. Also, everyone is very down to earth and friendly--you don't have too many country bumpkins but you also don't have too many rich snobs. The school size is excellent: small enough that teachers all know your names and can help rearrange things (including courses) for you but large enough that you are always meeting new people and have plenty of activities. Most of the time I stay on campus, especially since I am under 21. There are parties every weekend and plenty of events on campus during the week that you don't need to leave. Everyone on campus is a huge supporter of TU, but most support other schools as well: I, for instance, have my university of texas longhorn sticker on my truck next to my TU sticker. It's fun because when UT plays everyone wears their longhorn gear so you have more rivalry than just TU and non. There have been a lot of construction on campus recently and more to come: I am most excited about the two new engineering buildings that are to come! I will also be living in some of the brand new appartments next year.
All of my professors know my name. One semester, I got an internship and my hours conflicted with one of my Tues/Thurs courses. After telling my prof I was going to have to drop, he made another suggestion: come to class on Thurs (which were test days) and go see him on Wed. I had my own personal class on Wednesdays with him! We became really good friends. Studying is relative. I am an electrical engineering major and I'm not a genius: I study a minimum of 20 hours a week. I would say that is definitely on the high end of the scale. All of my profs have been really great helping outside the classroom, spending hours to make sure i understand things. Most intense academic memory: In my circuits course, the final was two days for 3 hours each. It was during an ice storm so not everyone did great. We all got incompletes and had to go finish in Jan. We went in individually and the two profs who taught the course together would put a problem on the white board and you had to work it out with them commenting on your methods, etc. It was the most intense thing ever! On the other hand, I really know my circuit theory now!
TU (especially in engineering) is really great about helping students get internships, locally and in their home town.
Also, I have spoken and had meetings with numerous TU administrators, including the president. They are eager to hear from the students and work with them.
TU on the whole is a great school for Petroleum Engineering and other co-related fields of education. I, being an International student at TU have a lot of friends who've always been helpful and approachable. All the officials working on TU's campus are extremely kind and generous and always expect a student to reach his/her goals with all the knowledge and experiences they could share with the students.
The University of Tulsa is an engineering school if nothing else. A good large number of people who attend school here have traveled from all over the world to learn about petroleum engineering and a large number of other students are other varieties upon an engineering theme. A good large portion of the funding on campus is currently going to expanding the engineering buildings and facilities.
Most popular organizations: Greek life is strong, University Ambassadors is big (which goes to show how much student's love life at TU--they all want to help recruit newbies!), Student Association. I was just elected Vice President by the entire student body! As a student, you have the opportunity to do anything you want on campus, including plan homecoming week or springfest! Athletic event attendance is a little low now, minus football. Football we all wear tye dye (blue and gold of course) and call ourselves the "Reynolds Rowdies" (reynolds stadium, fyi). Basket ball: just won CBI so support getting better! 2am on a tuesday: I am either studying in KEP (engineering building) or parting after senate with some friends. Speakers come often and are popular. Sororities: different than on most campus's because they really are about getting involved on campus, supporting philanthropies, and friendship building. while we can drink as it is a wet campus, a lot of students choose not to drink. they are lots of events that don't have alcohol served. at the ones where it is served, not everyone is drinking by any means. it's not "uncool" to not drink.
If you are a conservative Christian who is from Houston, St. Louis, or Tulsa that wants to enter the oil and natural gas industry, welcome home.
Certainly someone who is willing to put in the work academically. The school isn't a party school so a person looking for that will not be the happiest at the University of Tulsa. Somebody who wants a solid education on a smaller, more intimately sized campus would like it here. For those who want a small class size with easy to reach professors would love it here. Overall, best fit for those with the academic drive, idea of what they want to do, and not focused entirely on the party scene.
Someone who is unmotivated
The campus is really beautiful, gorgeous architecture; most of the professors are really interested in you learning the material and doing well in the class, and try really hard to help you succeed. Also, Career Services is really helpful, especially with resume building, and there are a lot of volunteer organizations, so you always have a chance to get involved in the community.
The advising office/enrollment process
I wish I had known coming out of high school that success only comes from hard work. I wish I had known that working hard academically in your late teens and early twenties would pay off exponentially later in life. Most of all, I wish I had known that a life lived without challenging oneself is a life that has not lived up to its full potential.
Smart, rich kids. Most people are one and or the other.
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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.
95% of students
attending University of Tulsa receive some sort of financial aid.
18% were awarded federal grants.
While 32% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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