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Undergraduate Admissions

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

Office Hours
M-F 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Appointments
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Undergraduate Admissions

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

Office Hours
M-F 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Appointments
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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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.

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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 960 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 click here to have your official transcripts sent directly to our office (or follow 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 at least 165 in each subject area (for a total score of 660 or higher). If you earned the GED prior to January 1, 2014, you may gain admission with a score of 55 or 550, depending on the test scoring system in place at that time. 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.