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About Oakland

Oakland University is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Rochester, Michigan. Oakland was founded in 1957 and now enrolls around 18,552 students a year, including 15,100 undergrads. Oakland offers on-campus housing for up to 3,424 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 50% of students spend their weekends on campus .

There are many ways for students to get involved at Oakland! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Oakland's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Oakland students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Oakland has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Oakland has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Oakland on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Oakland on the Student Life page.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by September 1.

2021 Oakland Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $13,346
Out-of-State $24,710
Percent of Need Met 45.4%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,784

Is Oakland a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a university is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at to get a better idea of what Oakland offers and if it sounds like a good fit for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Oakland University

It is moderately difficult to get into Oakland. Oakland admitted 81% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 12,054 students applied to Oakland and 9,776 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Oakland

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Oakland, around 79% come back their sophomore year. Around 56% of students who started at Oakland earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Oakland Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

The average starting salary for recent Oakland grads is $52,942 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Oakland

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. 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.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $26,899 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

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

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Oakland. 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

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Oakland is Continuous processing.

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

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Oakland Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$24,560

In State

$35,924

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$13,346
$24,710
Fees
Unknown
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Housing
$10,430
$10,430
Books
$784
$784

Student Life

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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Full Time

20%

Part Time

98%

In State

2%

Out-of-State

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

18,552

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

81%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,346

Out-of-State

$24,710

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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