Points of Pride

By the Numbers

  • CampusDowtownTUMore nationally competitive scholarship winners than all Oklahoma colleges combined
  • Students receiving financial assistance: 94%
  • Freshman retention rate: 88%
  • Freshmen in Top 10% of their high school class: 76%
  • Academic averages for incoming freshmen: GPA 3.9; ACT 30; SAT 1220


  • Oklahoma’s highest ranked national university (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Top 20 in the world among universities with fewer than 5,000 students (Times Higher Education)
  • No. 170 among all U.S. research universities and liberal arts colleges (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education)
  • No. 19 among best U.S. colleges for international students (Forbes)
  • No. 4 among petroleum engineering graduate schools (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Listed in The Princeton Review’s The Best 382 Colleges guide
  • Listed in The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges guide
  • Listed in “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which also ranked TU in the Top 50 for grateful grads and gave TU an “A” for health of balance sheet
  • Included in Fiske Guide to Colleges


  • Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge involves TU’s youngest students in advanced research and faculty mentorship.
  • A unique agreement with City of Tulsa allows TU to manage the world-renowned Gilcrease Museum.
  • TU students and employees volunteered more than 70,000 community service hours last year through the True Blue Neighbors program.
  • Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at TU promotes critical thought, ethical inquiry, bold imagination and respect for the diversity of human experience.
  • TU, named the greenest university in Oklahoma, powers its Case Tennis Center through rooftop solar panels.

Kendall College of Arts & Sciences

  • Third Floor Design provides pro bono award-winning graphic services to area nonprofit organizations.
  • Psychology research (via Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Adversity and Injustice) includes post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disturbance and pain tolerance.

Oxley College of Health Sciences

  • Advanced partnership with Laureate Institute for Brain Research; projects include concussion effects among football players, Alzheimer’s disease and anxiety

Collins College of Business

  • School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce prepares students for the energy industry and houses one of only 11 AAPL-approved energy management programs in the nation.
  • Student teams won top spots in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Governor’s Cup collegiate business plan competitions.

College of Law

  • Best Value Private Law School (PreLaw Magazine)
  • Renowned programs in Native American law and sustainable energy and natural resources law

College of Engineering & Natural Sciences

  • Cyber Corps and Institute for Information Security train students to defend against cyber attacks on our country, companies and infrastructure.
  • McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering employs cutting-edge technology and conducts research for global energy corporations.
  • Make a Difference Engineering (MADE@TU) initiative designs and fabricates mobility and developmental devices for disabled residents in the community.
  • The Tandy School of Computer Science’s computer simulation and gaming degree is recognized as a top 50 gaming program by The Princeton Review


  • 17 NCAA Division I teams
  • A league-best nine American Athletic Conference championships during the first two years of membership
  • Entered American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2014