Whether you arrive at TU with a complete backstory and a clear path to the future or you are just beginning to craft the opening scene for what your life will become, TU is committed to your success. Acceptance, engagement, empowerment and self-discovery are at the heart of all we do. You can nurture the talents you already know, follow your heart, feed your curiosity and unearth new possibilities.
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Get to know us
The University of Tulsa is a private, doctoral degree-granting, accredited, coeducational institution in Oklahoma’s second-largest city. With more than 4,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students from around the globe, TU offers an inclusive world-class education. Research opportunities start the moment students step on campus. Innovation and entrepreneurship are emphasized in equal measure with foundational coursework and critical-thinking exercises. TU students, faculty and alumni solve problems, lead by example and make history. Their unique experiences create fulfilling careers and treasured memories. Through collaboration and determination, the TU community serves others, generates prosperity and cultivates justice.
The TU story
TU has its roots in the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls, a small boarding school in Muskogee, which was founded in 1882. In 1894, at the request of the Synod of Indian Territory, the Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church elevated the academy’s status and chartered it as Henry Kendall College. Kendall College moved to Tulsa in 1907. Several years later, a second college was proposed for the city. Aware that Tulsa was not large enough to support competing institutions, Kendall College trustees proposed that the two join under one name: The University of Tulsa. Today, TU is an independent, nondenominational university that fosters a rich, diverse experience for students and faculty through mutual respect and cultural appreciation.
The University of Tulsa offers wide open spaces to students who need room for Frisbee, quidditch or soaking up the sun. Most TU students live on campus in residence halls or one of the apartment complexes that include swimming pools, clubhouses and sand volleyball. From concerts and speakers to club meetings and intramural sports, hardly a day goes by without events and activities. Game days are special, too. Did you know TU students receive free admission to all home games? Our Division I athletic teams include football, basketball, soccer and more. On-campus dining boasts plenty of options, from sushi, pho and tacos to made-to-order pastas and salads. Chick-fil-A, Einstein bagels, Pizza Hut and Subway round out the Student Union offerings.
Tulsa starts with TU
Just two miles west of campus along the famous Route 66 lies downtown Tulsa and the Tulsa Arts District. TU is close to corporate internship opportunities, music venues, galleries, upscale restaurants and food trucks. Closer to home, TU students embrace the revitalized Kendall Whittier neighborhood, which features an independent movie theater, coffee house/roastery, Mexican bakery, shops and eateries. All students can check out free bicycles and make their way to Starbucks, Target and other retailers two miles southeast of campus. And don’t forget about the new Gathering Place park system set to open along the Arkansas River in September. Festivals and sporting events fill up the rest of the year around town.
Beyond TU’s borders
Whether it’s making a positive difference in our neighborhood or taking courses halfway around the globe, TU is often defined by what happens away from campus. Study-abroad choices are plentiful and range from weeklong faculty-led excursions to semesters at foreign universities. Students learn as much about themselves as they do about other countries and customs. TU students, faculty and staff also serve our community and our world. Improving the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of local residents while helping to build a cleaner, greener planet is important. We stock food banks, mentor schoolchildren and build assistive devices for people with disabilities. We fabricate solar-powered water heaters and promote equality. TU is a force for good.