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Undergraduate Admissions
North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(map)
(800) OAK-UNIV
(248) 370-3360
visit@oakland.edu

Office Hours
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Extended Hours for Winter
Open until 6:30 p.m. on
December 15
January 2-4
January 8-9
January 18
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Apply

Take the first step toward your future and apply for admission today. You can apply to Oakland University at any point in the year, prior to these official deadlines:

  • August 1 for the fall semester
    • March 1 for the fall semester for freshmen interested in merit-based scholarships
  • December 1 for the winter semester
  • April 1 for the summer I session
  • June 1 for the summer II session

The application process is quick, easy and free at OU. Just select which type of student you’ll be, read the criteria needed for admission and follow the steps to apply.

Students interested in applying to OU’s Honors College should follow its additional admission criteria. International students have slightly different application deadlines.

We also encourage the application and enrollment of undocumented students who are academically prepared and meet university admission criteria.

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Freshmen

To be eligible for merit-based scholarships, freshmen should apply and submit all required materials by March 1 for fall entry. Scholarship awards are based on your academic record, including GPA and SAT or ACT score, at the time of admission. However, you may submit updated transcripts and/or test scores for scholarship reconsideration until the March 1 scholarship deadline.

To be considered for direct admission to OU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you must apply by November 15 of your senior year in high school.

To be considered for early admission into OU’s Business Honors Direct Admit program, you must gain admission and complete the supplemental application by December 1 of your senior year in high school.

To be considered for majors within OU’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, you must first gain admission to the university, then participate in an audition.

Criteria

Generally, freshman admission to Oakland University is based on a combination of criteria:

  • A completed Oakland University admission application. While an essay is optional, interested students may choose to include an essay for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school grade point averages of 3.2 or above. Applicants with cumulative grade point averages below 3.2, but above 2.5, may be admitted after consideration of the quality of academic preparation. Scholarship awards are based on a student's academic record at the time of admission. However, students may submit updated transcripts and/or test scores for scholarship reconsideration until the March 1 scholarship deadline.
  • SAT or ACT scores are required. Oakland University looks for one of the following:
    • a total score of 940 or higher (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Mathematics sections) on the SAT
    • a composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT (not including the writing section)
  • Number and types of college preparatory courses
  • Positive trend of grades

Additionally, students must meet their state graduation requirements. First-year college students interested in applying to Oakland University's Honors College should check their additional admission criteria.

We strongly encourage students to follow a college preparatory curriculum that includes:

  • Four years of English
  • A minimum of three years of mathematics, including intermediate algebra
  • A minimum of three years in social sciences
  • A minimum of three years in biological/physical sciences
  • A minimum of two years in a foreign language
Oakland University does not require letters of recommendation as part of the application for freshman admission.

If you have graduated before 2008 and do not have SAT or ACT composite scores, contact an Undergraduate Admissions at (248) 370-3360.
Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Have your official high school transcripts sent to Undergraduate Admissions. If your school utilizes the Parchment service for transcript requests, you can have your official transcripts sent directly to our office by following the instructions in this video. Please also arrange to have your final, official transcript (including date of graduation) sent to Undergraduate Admissions. If a final high school transcript reflects a significant downward trend in grades, Oakland University reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission.
  3. Follow these links to request that your SAT and/or ACT results be sent to Oakland University.
    • ACT — OU’s school code is 2033
    • SAT — OU’s school code is 1497
AP/IB/CLEP Policies
Oakland University welcomes students who have gone above and beyond by earning college-level credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). OU’s Office of the Registrar evaluates and awards credit or exemption for certain scores on AP, IB and CLEP . We also recognize the IB diploma. You should apply for admission and be sure to send your scores directly to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.
Home School

Oakland University is proud to welcome home-schooled students to its campus. Home-schooled students applying for admission need to supply a transcript and meet regular admissions requirements, as well as have a minimum score of 1020 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) on the SAT, or a minimum score of 20 on the ACT. You can print and submit the transcript form with your online application, if needed.

Once Oakland University receives your application, we will:

  • Process your application to ensure all materials have been received
  • Determine your grade point average for admission
  • Make a decision regarding your application
  • Share the decision with you via U.S. mail
Many home-schooled students also choose to dual-enroll at Oakland University.
GED
GED students applying for admission to Oakland University must be at least 18 years old and have a GED score of 55 or 550, depending on the test scoring system. Please have your official GED score sent to Undergraduate Admissions when applying for admission.

Undergraduate Admissions
North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
Transferring credit
As an incoming OU student, you may transfer up to half of the minimum credits required for your intended degree from a community college. OU accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited institutions and some non-regionally accredited institutions. All students transferring to OU must earn at least 32 credits at Oakland University to complete a bachelor’s program.

After you are admitted, you will receive an official transfer credit evaluation. All coursework completed with a 2.0 (or equivalent) or better grade is evaluated. You may use transferred courses for general education and major requirements. Academic departments will review transcripts for credits to be used toward major requirements by the end of your first semester at OU. OU participates in several community college transfer agreements, including the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Learn about the benefits of following a transfer agreement .

You can also follow a transfer program guide for your intended OU major, from any community college in Michigan.
Early/Middle College

Early/Middle college programs offer students a unique opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Oakland University welcomes students participating in Early/Middle College programs to apply and enroll at OU.

Early/Middle college students are considered entering freshmen if they plan to attend OU immediately after receiving their high school diploma. Oakland University classifies students who complete college-level work prior to receiving their high school diploma as entering freshmen. Even if an associate's degree is earned prior to high school graduation, students are still considered entering freshmen.

Early/Middle college students are considered transfers if they decide to continue pursuing college work after receiving their high school diploma.

If you have questions regarding your student status, please contact an admissions adviser at (800) OAK-UNIV.

Transfers

Whether you take a few classes at a local community college or spend a couple of years at another university, OU is the perfect place to complete your studies.

Criteria

Admission criteria depends on how many credits you already earned from another institution at the time of application:

  • 24 or more college credits: GPA of at least 2.5 will be considered for admission to Oakland University. OU will also consider positive trends of most recent grades.
  • fewer than 24 college credits: Admission will be based on both college and high school records; you must submit both college and high school transcripts.

You must submit official transcript(s) from each college or university you have attended (and high school if you have fewer than 24 college credits) to:

Undergraduate Admissions
North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454

Electronic transcripts may be sent to oakuniv@oakland.edu (current OU students should have their transcripts sent to the Office of the Registrar at trcredit@oakland.edu). Transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student." If you have attended more than one college, transcripts from each must be provided.

Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Have your transcripts sent from all previously attended institutions regardless of whether or not credit was actually earned. The application process requires that students list all institutions attended. Failure to do so may result in denial of admission or subsequent cancellation of admission. Transfer students who earned fewer than 24 semester hours of credit must also submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores, and must meet admission standards which are applied to beginning freshmen. Transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student."
  3. If admitted, you will receive a transfer credit evaluation within one week.
  4. If admitted, you will be invited to attend a transfer student orientation where you will receive important information on the university, meet with an academic adviser and register for classes.
Transferring credit

As an incoming OU student, you may transfer up to half of the minimum credits required for your intended degree from a community college. OU accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited institutions and some non-regionally accredited institutions. All students transferring to OU must earn at least 32 credits at Oakland University to complete a bachelor’s degree program.

After you are admitted, you will receive an official transfer credit evaluation. All coursework completed with a 2.0 (or equivalent) or better grade is evaluated. You may use transferred courses for general education and major requirements. Academic departments will review transcripts for credits to be used toward major requirements by the end of your first semester at OU.

OU participates in several community college transfer agreements, including the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Learn about the benefits of following a transfer agreement.

You can also follow a transfer program guide for your intended OU major, from any community college in Michigan.

Students with international credentials must have an official, course-by-course evaluation sent by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluator.

Military students with one year of continuous active duty service are awarded four elective credits. Further transfer credit may be awarded after review of military transcripts and ACE guidelines.

AP/IB/CLEP Policies
Oakland University welcomes students who have gone above and beyond by earning college-level credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). OU’s Office of the Registrar evaluates and awards credit or exemption for certain scores on AP, IB and CLEP . We also recognize the IB diploma. You should apply for admission and be sure to send your scores directly to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.
TAG

By following the path laid out by our Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program, high school and transfer students can reserve a place at Oakland University. Whether you’re a community college student hoping to transfer after the completion of your associate degree or a high school junior planning ahead, you have a unique chance to secure your future.

The TAG program gives you access to special College Credit Advising Days, which provide guidance from OU academic advising staff to ensure you’re on the right path for maximum transferability of your community college coursework. When you follow the TAG program and complete a course plan designed for a transfer to Oakland University, you have the assurance that every effort was made to maximize your credit and to spare you from having to repeat a course.

In order to best maximize your time at the community college, the TAG program is designed for high school juniors and seniors planning to begin their post-secondary education at the community college, or current community college students with less than 56 earned credits.

If you can answer “yes” to every statement below, you may be eligible to participate in the TAG program:

  • I am planning to complete my bachelor’s degree through Oakland University
  • I plan to have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher
Request more information about the TAG program.
International

At Oakland University, we welcome students from all corners of the world. If at any time you would like to know more about OU or have any questions about applying as an international student, please contact us at international@oakland.edu or (248) 370-3360.

If you are a U.S. resident with international credits, see the transfer page for information on how to apply and transfer your credits. If you are interested in applying to a graduate program, please visit the Graduate Education website.

Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the online application up to 12 months before you would like to begin classes. Please submit your completed application for the desired term by:
    • July 1 for the fall semester
    • November 1 for the winter semester
    • March 1 for the summer semester

  2. ONLY for students not currently in the U.S.: If you are seeking (or have) an F1 or J-1 visa you are also required to submit an international supplemental application. If you are a permanent resident, hold an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or currently hold any other visa type, please see the other requirements in the next section titled "Current visa holders, those with employment authorization, or permanent residents of the U.S."

  3. Submit required transcripts and other requirements based on your application type.
    • Freshman Applicants: A freshman applicant is a student who is currently attending or has graduated secondary school (high school) but has not yet attended a college, university or vocational institution. The minimum U.S. equivalent GPA required is a 2.5 or higher. Grades from your country will be converted to their U.S. equivalent. Please submit your high school transcripts by mail or email to Undergraduate Admissions. If you attended a high school outside of the U.S. and instruction was not in English, please submit a literal English translated copy with a transcript from your institution.
    • Transfer or Second Degree Applicants: Please have your official college transcript(s) mailed to Undergraduate Admissions from each U.S. college or university you have attended. The transcript must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student." If you have attended an institution outside of the U.S. you must submit a course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member evaluation service. The required minimum U.S. equivalent GPA is a 2.5 or higher. Note that Oakland University cannot issue an I-20 or DS-2019 until your previous school has released your SEVIS record.

  4. ONLY for current visa holders, those with employment authorization or permanent residents of the U.S.: Submit a copy of your current visa, permanent resident card or employment authorization document to Undergraduate Admissions. If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of English language proficiency.
English Proficiency

International applicants, other visa holders, permanent residents and exchange students whose native language* is not English must provide proof of English proficiency.

Admission
One of the following constitutes proof:

1.

TOEFL

550 minimum on paper-based TOEFL

213 minimum on computer-based TOEFL

79 minimum on internet-based TOEFL

2.

MELAB

77 minimum

3.

IELTS

6.5 minimum

4.

24 transferable credits, excluding ESL coursework, from a U.S. community college or baccalaureate institution

5.

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university

6.

One year of study and a diploma from a U.S. high school

Some programs at Oakland University may require a higher level of proficiency than listed above. Please examine the program description for your field of study for information about additional English proficiency requirements and furnish proof as part of the admission process.

Admission with ESL coursework (excluding those seeking an F-1 visa)
One of the following constitutes proof:

1.

TOEFL   

520-549 on paper-based TOEFL

192-212 on computer-based TOEFL

69-78 on internet-based TOEFL

2.

MELAB   

73-76

3.

IELTS

6

Students must register for ESL courses as part of their coursework starting in their first semester of registration. ESL placement is done by the English as a Second Language Center (ESL Center) using the Institutional TOEFL and other assessment tools. Upon completion of the individualized ESL instruction sequence, students’ English Proficiency will be evaluated using the Institutional TOEFL to determine whether additional ESL coursework is necessary to achieve English Proficiency. The individualized ESL instruction sequence designed by the ESL Center is not negotiable.

Satisfactory completion of the individualized ESL instruction sequence is expected within one year, but ESL coursework is required until minimum proficiency is demonstrated.

Admission to Intensive English Program
If you do not have adequate English proficiency for admission or admission with ESL coursework to the university, you can be admitted to the Intensive English Program. ESL placement is done by the English as a Second Language Center (ESL Center) using the Institutional TOEFL and other assessment tools. Upon completion of the individualized ESL instruction sequence, students’ English proficiency will be evaluated using the Institutional TOEFL to determine whether additional ESL coursework is necessary to achieve English proficiency. The individualized ESL instruction sequence designed by the ESL Center is not negotiable.

Upon completion of the Intensive English Program, you may reapply for admission to Oakland University; applicants are evaluated using the admission criteria described above.

* A native language is a language that is acquired naturally during childhood and is usually spoken at home, as opposed to a language that is learned later in life, for example as a part of a person’s formal education. Students whose native language is not English are encouraged to visit the English as a Second Language Center to discuss any language difficulties they may have while attending Oakland University.
F2 Dependents

Oakland University welcomes any individual on a valid F-2 visa to benefit from part-time study even if their F-1 visa holder attends another institution. Academic study as a degree-seeking candidate at OU will require an F-2 student to meet all university and departmental admissions requirements.

The spouse and unmarried minor (under age 21) child of an F-1 student can be admitted into the US in an F-2 status to accompany the F-1 or to follow to join the F-1 student at a later date. F-2 visa holders receive their own Form I-20 with their own SEVIS ID number. F-2s may travel separately from the F-1, but will need to carry their own Form I-20 with a current DSO travel signature, current passport, and current visa for entry/re-entry.
Tuition and Costs

International students pay the "out-of-state" tuition rates.

The rates for fall 2017, winter 2018 and summer 2018 are:

  • $795.75 per credit hour for undergraduate students with fewer than 56 credits
  • $853.25 per credit hour for undergraduate students with 56 or more credits

International students who plan to attend Oakland University on a student visa (F-1) or an exchange visa (J-1) may qualify for a scholarship award from the International Students and Scholars Office. International transfer students who are currently in the U.S. are also eligible. An application is required for this award.

International students who are citizens of Canada and Mexico may qualify for the Non-Resident Award from Undergraduate Admissions. The scholarship allows students to pay in-state tuition rates. Learn more on the general scholarships website.

Estimated Tuition and Living Expenses
Tuition and expenses illustrated below are for fall and winter semesters, based on a 12-14 credit schedule per semester. Students who plan to enroll in summer courses should plan for additional financial support.

Description

International Undergraduate

Canadian/Mexican Undergraduate

Tuition (out-of-state)

$19,788

$11,246*

Living Expenses

$14,875

$9,910

School Supplies & Misc

$2,798

$2,798

Medical Insurance

$1,860

$1,269

TOTAL

$39,321

$25,223

*Freshman and transfer students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of admission may qualify for the Non-Resident Award, which would cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. The rate on this chart reflects this award. Students pursuing a second undergraduate degree do not qualify for this award. Tuition is subject to change at the discretion of the university.

Dependents
Add $6,500 USD (including insurance) per year for the first dependent and $4,900 USD per year for each additional dependent who will accompany you (A dependent is a spouse of any age or a child 20 years of age or younger).

Guest Students

We make it easy to be a guest student at OU — regardless of which university you attend now. Check out our schedule of classes to help you knock out a required course during the summer or to just get ahead in your studies.

To attend OU as a guest student, you must be in good standing at your home institution and must be enrolled at an accredited college or university.

Steps to Apply
  1. Complete Part I of the Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application Form.

  2. Bring your completed Guest Application to your home institution's Registrar Office for completion of Part II.

  3. Mail your application to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    North Foundation Hall, Room 101
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454
Please allow a minimum of five business days for Oakland University to process your Guest Application. Guest status is valid for one semester only. If you wish to attend more than one semester, a Guest Application must be filed for each semester.
Transferring Credit
Guest students receive all advising from their home institution and are responsible for requesting that a transcript of grades be sent to the home institution after courses are completed. See how your credits will transfer from OU or other four-year institutions.
Dual Enroll

We partner with school districts throughout the state to offer high school students the opportunity to take college classes on campus. This allows high school juniors and seniors who have moved beyond the curriculum available in their school to continue to advance their education

Criteria
Dual-enrolled students must:
  • Have a 3.0 minimum high school grade point average
  • Be of junior or senior standing in high school
Steps to Apply
  1. Complete and submit an Oakland University dual enrollment application.

  2. Ask your high school to send your transcript to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    North Foundation Hall, Room 101
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454

  3. If your high school is paying for your tuition, you must submit the Dual Enrollment Worksheet from your school before OU’s payment due date to:
    Student Business Services
    North Foundation Hall, Room 120
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454  
Admission is for one academic year, beginning with the fall semester, provided that you earn at least a 2.0 in each class taken at Oakland University. Dual-enrolled students may take up to eight credits per semester.
Post-Undergraduate

Post-undergraduate students are students who already hold a bachelor’s degree but want to either obtain another undergraduate degree (second-degree students) or take additional courses not related to another degree (post-baccalaureate students).

Criteria for Second Degree Students

You are considered a second-degree student if you already have a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or an equivalent degree and want to obtain another undergraduate degree. Each academic department determines the specific admissions criteria for second-degree students.

Students holding a bachelor’s degree or higher who wish to enroll for the purpose of obtaining an Initial Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate should apply as a second-degree seeking student.

Students pursuing a second degree will pay upper-level tuition.
Steps to Apply for Second Degree Students
  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Have your official college transcript(s) from each college or university you attended mailed to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    North Foundation Hall, Room 101
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454

    The transcript must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student." If you have attended more than one college, transcripts from each must be provided.

Once Oakland University receives your application, we will:

  • Process your application to ensure all materials have been received.
  • Gather information needed for the academic department to make an admissions decision.
  • Forward your file to the appropriate academic department for a decision.

When a decision is made, OU will contact you via U.S. mail. If you receive a delay decision, you should contact Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV or (248) 370-3360.

Criteria for Post-Baccalaureate Students

You are considered a post-baccalaureate student if you already have a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or an equivalent degree and want to take additional courses not related to another degree.

Under post-baccalaureate status, your previous academic work will not be evaluated by the registrar and you will be admitted as a non-degree seeking candidate.

Students taking post-baccalaureate courses will pay upper-level tuition. Under this status, you do not qualify for financial aid.
Steps to Apply for Post-Baccalaureate Students
  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Have your proof of degree (transcript or copy of your diploma) sent to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    North Foundation Hall, Room 101
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454
Non-Matriculating

Please call Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV or (248) 370-3360 to determine if this status is right for you.

Non-matriculating status generally indicates that you are not seeking a degree from Oakland University. You will likely select non-matriculating on your application for undergraduate admission if you:

  • Graduated from high school and plan to enroll in another college or university the following fall. Note that you should consult with your intended college or university about whether Oakland courses will transfer, or whether taking courses prior to fall enrollment will impact your scholarship status.
  • Are entering Oakland University as a freshman but taking summer courses before the fall semester.

Non-matriculating students are limited to completing 12 credits in this status. Students who are currently enrolled in high school and who wish to take classes at OU should not complete an application for undergraduate admission. Instead, you should download and submit an application for dual enrollment. Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and who wish to take undergraduate classes at OU should apply as either a post-baccalaureate or second-degree seeking student.

Veterans

We are grateful for the exceptional contributions made by the members of our armed forces. Our faculty and staff are devoted to providing an environment that helps veterans, service members and family members achieve their academic and personal best.

As an OU student, you'll receive priority registration, in-state tuition, support services and special recognition upon graduation.

Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the online application. When selecting the application type, choose freshman, transfer or the option that best describes you. If you have ever attended a college or university, including the Community College of the Air Force, you should apply as a transfer student. If you have never attended a college or university, you should apply as a freshman student.
  2. Have your official college transcript(s), including military transcripts, mailed to Undergraduate Admissions (the AARTS and SMART Transcripts have been combined into the Joint Services Transcript, and can be accessed at jst.doded.mil). Official transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student." If you have attended more than one college or university, transcripts from each must be provided. If admitted, your transcripts (including military training) will be evaluated and credit will be granted based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.
Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits
Complete the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) to apply to use your educational benefits. For more information regarding VA Vocational Rehabilitation, contact the Detroit Regional VA Office at (800) 827-1000.
Readmission

You must apply for readmission if you have been:

  • absent from the university for six or more years
  • dismissed for unsatisfactory academic progress

Please submit your application by:

  • July 1 for the fall semester
  • November 1 for the winter semester
  • March 1 for the summer semester

If you attended another school during your absence from Oakland University, you must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended.