Oakland University

2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-3360
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

In 1957, a generous donation of an estate sparked the beginning of Oakland University. Originally known as Michigan State University, the school enrolled its first students in 1959 and received its university status in 1963. Over the last decades, Oakland University has expanded its enrollment to more than 19,000 students and offers more than 130 accredited degree programs. The average freshman retention rate, which is an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73% at Oakland according to U.S. News & World Report. Oakland University is currently ranked among National Universities, Tier 2 in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges.

Programs Offered

Through E-Learning and Instructional Support (e-LIS), distance learners can earn an accredited degree from Oakland University without ever setting foot on the campus. Oakland University provides a variety of online programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate level. The delivery platforms Oakland uses (Moodle and Elluminate) allow students to participate in group discussions, complete and submit assignments, and take quizzes and tests wherever and whenever they have access to a computer and the Internet. Because of the virtual format of the curriculum and the flexibility afforded by an online degree, restrictive schedules and busy lifestyles no longer prohibit students from achieving higher levels of academic achievement. A variety of tools and resources are available to make the online learning experience as simple but effective as possible, including financial information and technical support.


Oakland University received full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC, NCACS) to award degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate levels. Specialized accreditation was awarded to specific programs by eight additional agencies.


Admission to Oakland University is generally determined by an evaluation of a combination of criteria. Undergraduates will be evaluated on a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2 or above (though 2.5 GPAs will be considered conditionally), ACT/SAT scores, the number and type of college preparatory classes, and their overall trend of grades. Transfer students will be evaluated on GPA and transcripts as well, though specifics depend on the number of credits the student is transferring. See more about transfer students here. International applicants must supply essentially the same information as U.S. students with the exception that they must also prove proficiency in English (if applicable) and provide proof of adequate financial resources. Depending on the program, graduate applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and submit a career goal statement, personal statement, recommendations, academic records, previous grades and GPA, participate in an interview, and more.

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