Oakland University

201 Meadow Brook Rd.
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
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(248) 370-2100


Charter Class

Oakland University's charter class of students will celebrate their 50th Reunion in September 2013. Learn more about this milestone and view photos from the charter class graduation ceremony at oualumni.com/charterclass.

  • Of the 570 students enrolled, 493 were full time.
  • 84 percent of the students were in the top half of their high school graduating class and 55 percent were in the top quarter.
  • The most popular major was teacher education followed by liberal arts, engineering science and business administration.
  • So many students flunked the first semester that the university enacted a policy to allow students to erase grades following repeat classes.
  • According to the national pattern of the time, 60 percent, or 342 of the 570 students enrolled, were expected to don a cap and gown in four years. By 1963, only 125 students received diplomas.
  • Chancellor D.B. "Woody" Varner cautioned parents during a September convocation that a "work and school program was not feasible at MSUO (Michigan State University - Oakland). The student should be at school from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., five days a week."
  • MSU President John Hannah reminded students during the inaugural September convocation, "You will set standards, establish precedents, originate traditions — in short, help to set the tone of MSUO."