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About Oakland

Oakland University is a public, state school that was founded in 1957. It is moderately difficult to get into Oakland. It enrolls around 18,552 students a year, including 15,100 undergrads.

Oakland does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

Oakland Acceptance Rate 2021

In 2021, Oakland accepted 81% of applicants. Out of 12,054 applications received in 2021, 9,776 students were offered admission .

Oakland Application Deadlines

All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by September 1.

Early Admissions at Oakland

Oakland University does not offer early decision. Oakland does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $13,346
Out-of-State $24,710

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Oakland.

Financial Aid at Oakland

Oakland meets 45.4% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Oakland full-time are awarded $12,784 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Dorms at Oakland

Oakland offers housing for up to 3,424 students.

Most Oakland students live off campus.

Welcome Week, OU Has Talent show, and and Casino Night are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Oakland.

How Do I Get Into Oakland University?

Oakland is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0.

Does Oakland Require Test Scores?

Oakland does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Oakland Waitlist

Oakland reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

Is Oakland a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Oakland

About 79% of students who start at Oakland return for their second year of college. Out of the 2,410 students who started at Oakland as first-time freshman, 753 graduate within four years.

Around 56% of students who started at Oakland earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Oakland Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $26,899 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Oakland sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Oakland a good school for you?

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Where is Oakland?

Oakland is located in the suburban setting of Rochester, Michigan, less than an hour from Detroit.

If you want to see Oakland for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take I-75 to Rochester, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Detroit Metropolitan.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Oakland and Rochester are like without leaving home.

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College Info

201 Meadow Brook Road Rochester, MI 48309-4401

Campus Setting: Suburban

Oakland Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Oakland is Continuous processing.

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Wondering what life at Oakland is like? There are approximately 18,552 students enrolled at Oakland, including 15,100 undergraduate students and 3,452 graduate students. 80% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from MI and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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