Oakland University

Oakland University

Michigan, United States | Public


Oakland University is a public research university situated in Rochester, Michigan. In 1957, Matilda Dodge Wilson donated her 1443-acre estate, which is known as the present day campus of OU. In 1959, the college opened its door to students under the aegis of Michigan State University. In 1963, the college formally came to be branded as Oakland University.



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Situated in southeast Michigan, the Oakland University campus spans two cities, Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills. The suburban setting of the campus gives it a quiet and peaceful feel. However, it’s proximity to three different cities, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills and Rochester City means there is plenty for the students to do. Detroit is about 30 miles from the campus, giving the students an opportunity to explore the famous city on a weekend.

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16% of students attending OU live on-campus. Although it is slightly expensive, on campus housing offers security and 24 hour services such as lounges and laundry. Students have the option of living in a suite style apartment, or a two-bedroom apartment in a dormitory building. Very recently, OU opened its newest residential facilities, which has an apartment for two people with extensive facilities.
Living off-campus is slightly cheaper. It will save you money since the amount you pay on rest and utilities will still be less than what you would pay for on-campus housing.


The Student Faculty ratio at the university is 21:1. A large number of classes have 20-49 students, while most other classes have fewer than 20 students in class. A small number of classes are large enough to accommodate more than 50 students.
Undergraduates will be required to satisfy requirements in areas such as Humanities, Mathematics, English, Philosophy and History before graduation. They can pick from the 130 majors offered in the school. Some of the most popular majors in the recent years include Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Education and Psychology.
Graduate and Doctoral students are also offered an extensive assortment of programs to pick from, including but nor limited to programs in Biology, Nursing, Education and various fields of Engineering. Graduate students are expected to be more mature and therefore expected to require less guidance than undergraduate students.

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The 100,000 strong Alumni network is a huge advantage for students at OU. The Alumni network is extremely active in and around the Detroit Area, as most Alumni who went to OU live or work in this area. They are extremely active on campus and conduct various workshops. It is always an advantage to network extensively if you plan on staying in the Detroit area after graduation.
Abut 90% of graduating OU students find a job within the first 6 months of graduation. This number largely depends on your major, your academic qualifications, whether you are an in-state, out-of-state or international student. Another determining factor is location, whether you want to move to another part of the country or stay in Michigan.

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