President Clancy’s First Message to Students – April 11, 2019

Today, The University of Tulsa announced several significant changes that, together, are part of a reimagining of our university. As a student, you are our No. 1 priority and I want you to be aware of this transformation and the positive impact it will have on life at TU.

After months of evaluating a vast amount of data on our current academic offerings, we have decided to reduce the number of degree programs to refocus on the most promising. Just 6% of our total student population are enrolled in the affected programs for their primary degrees.

Any student currently enrolled in one of the programs included in this reduction will be able to continue to pursue and complete that program. You have our commitment that you will have the support to graduate with the degree of your choice. While future students won’t be able to enroll in these programs beginning in 2020, the academic trajectory for current students remains intact and largely unaffected. These changes will be implemented over time. If you have questions about these changes, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your adviser, a professor, your department chair or dean.

The University of Tulsa will continue to offer 112 degree programs, all focused on the most in-demand degrees and those that offer our students the greatest opportunities in the 21st century – and beyond.

While you may not immediately see much of a difference to your academic path, you will see enhancements to your support services at TU beginning as early as this summer. Our vision includes reimagining the student experience and creating a new Student Success Center, which centralizes support services and improves your ability to graduate on time. Housed in Hardesty Hall, it will be a hub for resources such as financial wellness, tutoring and career planning. Our objectives are to provide an outstanding college experience, on-time graduation and the means to pursue a fulfilling career.

These changes are also designed to enhance interdisciplinary work across campus by reimagining the academic footprint of the university.

TU is approaching its 125th year, and it is my job to provide vision and direction to ensure our university is around for another 125 years. Thank you for being an irreplaceable part of TU’s True Blue legacy.

Full details of today’s announcement are available online at


Gerard P. Clancy, M.D.