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Oral Roberts University, Tulsa

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Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private evangelical university in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 1963, the university is named after its founder, evangelist Oral Roberts, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Sitting on a 323-acre (1.31 km2) campus, ORU offers over 70 undergraduate degree programs along with 20 graduate programs across 6 colleges. ORU is classified among "Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields". Most popular majors include: ministry and leadership, nursing, engineering, psychology, and business administration. The university enrolls approximately 4,000 students.
Students may take part in mission trips, as part of the 60 clubs that are available through the university. In 2018, over 500 students completed trips across 5 continents. Students are required to attend weekly chapel services, and students under the age of 23 must reside on campus.
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  • We stopped to take pics of the Praying Hands statue but then decided to go ahead and drive though campus. Such a scenic university. It made me want to go back to college.  more »
  • Absolutely breathtaking. Definitely a must see. If you are a Christian and believe in God you will feel His presence when you see this monument.  more »
  • One of the best evangelist ever to walk this earth. Oral Roberts obeyed God when there was nothing but soil on the ground. 1963 est. What a mighty man of God he was. Undoubtedly ! This School was founded on the Spirit of the Living God.
  • I did enjoy some of classes in theology but overall wish I did not go here. Liberty or Regent would have been much better now that I know the Christian landscape better. After three years of going here I have almost no contact with alumni, and even tried to get a recommendation from a professor, and he did not even remember me after I took three classes with him. I think I enjoyed my first year in seminary, but the last two were just plain torture. University is a growing experience, but this place was pretty bad. Charismatic mega conferences with super religious people was the norm. The type where you confess your Cadillac every morning and it will magically appear. I should have cut my losses but maybe I was too lazy to transfer. I did make some business connections while in Tulsa so that was an overall positive in God using this place in my life. However, the administration was crooked when I was there as the president got fired for stealing money, and the mega church across the street went went through some changes and now has a young and very immature pastor in a multi million dollar facility. So nepotism is strong there. Also crime in Tulsa is ridiculous. Just living in the apartments across the street from the university I was threatened numerous times. Even when I moved into a house, a place nearby got robbed and the attendant killed. There were many murders in the area in the ten years I lived there. They giant casino nearby to constantly tempt you to gamble and drink and party, and they have some of the worst drivers in the world. Overall, a very sad place. To end on a positive note, they do have the Arkansas river with some beautiful parks for some nice bike riding and running. I wouldn't recommend this University or attending the churches here. A Word of Faith stronghold. Not a good theology once I learned more about it as many believe in a Jesus died spiritually doctrine.

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