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North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(800) OAK-UNIV
(248) 370-3360
visit@oakland.edu

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Appointments
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Undergraduate Admissions

North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(800) OAK-UNIV
(248) 370-3360
visit@oakland.edu

Office Hours
M-F 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Appointments
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Oakland University is proud to be named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, recognizing our dynamic pathways to support transfer students!

Take the first step toward your future and apply for admission today. You can apply to Oakland University at any point in the year, prior to these official deadlines:

  • August 1 for the fall semester
    • March 1 for the fall semester for freshmen interested in merit-based scholarships
  • December 1 for the winter semester
  • April 1 for the summer I session
  • June 1 for the summer II session

The application process is quick, easy and free at OU. Just select which type of student you’ll be, read the criteria needed for admission and follow the steps to apply.

Students interested in applying to OU’s Honors College should follow its additional admission criteria. International students have slightly different application deadlines.

We also encourage the application and enrollment of undocumented students who are academically prepared and meet university admission criteria.

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Freshmen

To be eligible for merit-based scholarships, freshmen should apply and submit all required materials by March 1 for fall entry. Scholarship awards are based on your academic record, including GPA and SAT or ACT score, at the time of admission. However, you may submit updated transcripts and/or test scores for scholarship reconsideration until the March 1 scholarship deadline.

To be considered for direct admission to OU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you must apply by November 15 of your senior year in high school.

To be considered for early admission into OU’s Business Honors Direct Admit program, you must gain admission and complete the supplemental application by December 1 of your senior year in high school.

To be considered for majors within OU’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, you must first gain admission to the university, then participate in an audition.

Criteria

Generally, freshman admission to Oakland University is based on a combination of criteria:

  • A completed Oakland University admission application. While an essay is optional, interested students may choose to include an essay for consideration.
  • Cumulative high school grade point averages of 3.2 or above. Applicants with cumulative grade point averages below 3.2, but above 2.5, may be admitted after consideration of the quality of academic preparation. Scholarship awards are based on a student's academic record at the time of admission. However, students may submit updated transcripts and/or test scores for scholarship reconsideration until the March 1 scholarship deadline.
  • SAT or ACT scores are required. Oakland University looks for one of the following:
    • a total score of 940 or higher (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Mathematics sections) on the SAT
    • a composite score of 18 or higher on the ACT (not including the writing section)
  • Number and types of college preparatory courses
  • Positive trend of grades

Additionally, students must meet their state graduation requirements. First-year college students interested in applying to Oakland University's Honors College should check their additional admission criteria.

We strongly encourage students to follow a college preparatory curriculum that includes:

  • Four years of English
  • A minimum of three years of mathematics, including intermediate algebra
  • A minimum of three years in social sciences
  • A minimum of three years in biological/physical sciences
  • A minimum of two years in a foreign language
Oakland University does not require letters of recommendation as part of the application for freshman admission.

If you have graduated before 2008 and do not have SAT or ACT composite scores, contact an Undergraduate Admissions at (248) 370-3360.
Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Have your official high school transcripts sent to Undergraduate Admissions. If your school utilizes the Parchment service for transcript requests, you can have click here to have your official transcripts sent directly to our office (or follow the instructions in this video). Please also arrange to have your final, official transcript (including date of graduation) sent to Undergraduate Admissions. If a final high school transcript reflects a significant downward trend in grades, Oakland University reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission.
  3. Follow these links to request that your SAT and/or ACT results be sent to Oakland University.
    • ACT — OU’s school code is 2033
    • SAT — OU’s school code is 1497
AP/IB/CLEP Policies
Oakland University welcomes students who have gone above and beyond by earning college-level credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). OU’s Office of the Registrar evaluates and awards credit or exemption for certain scores on AP, IB and CLEP . We also recognize the IB diploma. You should apply for admission and be sure to send your scores directly to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.
Home School

Oakland University is proud to welcome home-schooled students to its campus. Home-schooled students applying for admission need to supply a transcript and meet regular admissions requirements, as well as have a minimum score of 1020 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) on the SAT, or a minimum score of 20 on the ACT. You can print and submit the transcript form with your online application, if needed.

Once Oakland University receives your application, we will:

  • Process your application to ensure all materials have been received
  • Determine your grade point average for admission
  • Make a decision regarding your application
  • Share the decision with you via U.S. mail
Many home-schooled students also choose to dual-enroll at Oakland University.
GED
GED students applying for admission to Oakland University must be at least 18 years old and have a GED score of at least 165 in each subject area (for a total score of 660 or higher). If you earned the GED prior to January 1, 2014, you may gain admission with a score of 55 or 550, depending on the test scoring system in place at that time. Please have your official GED score sent to Undergraduate Admissions when applying for admission.

Undergraduate Admissions
North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
Transferring credit
As an incoming OU student, you may transfer up to half of the minimum credits required for your intended degree from a community college. OU accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited institutions and some non-regionally accredited institutions. All students transferring to OU must earn at least 32 credits at Oakland University to complete a bachelor’s program.

After you are admitted, you will receive an official transfer credit evaluation. All coursework completed with a 2.0 (or equivalent) or better grade is evaluated. You may use transferred courses for general education and major requirements. Academic departments will review transcripts for credits to be used toward major requirements by the end of your first semester at OU. OU participates in several community college transfer agreements, including the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Learn about the benefits of following a transfer agreement .

You can also follow a transfer program guide for your intended OU major, from any community college in Michigan.
Early/Middle College

Early/Middle college programs offer students a unique opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Oakland University welcomes students participating in Early/Middle College programs to apply and enroll at OU.

Early/Middle college students are considered entering freshmen if they plan to attend OU immediately after receiving their high school diploma. Oakland University classifies students who complete college-level work prior to receiving their high school diploma as entering freshmen. Even if an associate's degree is earned prior to high school graduation, students are still considered entering freshmen.

Early/Middle college students are considered transfers if they decide to continue pursuing college work after receiving their high school diploma.

If you have questions regarding your student status, please contact an admissions adviser at (800) OAK-UNIV.

Transfers

Whether you take a few classes at a local community college or spend a couple of years at another university, OU is the perfect place to complete your studies.

Criteria

Admission criteria depends on how many credits you already earned from another institution at the time of application:

  • 24 or more college credits: GPA of at least 2.5 will be considered for admission to Oakland University. OU will also consider positive trends of most recent grades.
  • fewer than 24 college credits: Admission will be based on both college and high school records; you must submit both college and high school transcripts.

You must submit official transcript(s) from each college or university you have attended (and high school if you have fewer than 24 college credits) to:

Undergraduate Admissions
North Foundation Hall, Room 101
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454

Electronic transcripts may be sent to oakuniv@oakland.edu (current OU students should have their transcripts sent to the Office of the Registrar at trcredit@oakland.edu). Transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student." If you have attended more than one college, transcripts from each must be provided.

Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Have your transcripts sent from all previously attended institutions regardless of whether or not credit was actually earned. The application process requires that students list all institutions attended. Failure to do so may result in denial of admission or subsequent cancellation of admission. Transfer students who earned fewer than 24 semester hours of credit must also submit high school transcripts, and must meet admission standards which are applied to entering freshmen. Click here to request your high school transcript through Parchment, if applicable.  Transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student."
  3. If admitted, you will receive a transfer credit evaluation within one week.
  4. If admitted, you will be invited to attend a transfer student orientation where you will receive important information on the university, meet with an academic adviser and register for classes.
Transferring credit

As an incoming OU student, you may transfer up to half of the minimum credits required for your intended degree from a community college. OU accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited institutions and some non-regionally accredited institutions. All students transferring to OU must earn at least 32 credits at Oakland University to complete a bachelor’s degree program.

After you are admitted, you will receive an official transfer credit evaluation. All coursework completed with a 2.0 (or equivalent) or better grade is evaluated. You may use transferred courses for general education and major requirements. Academic departments will review transcripts for credits to be used toward major requirements by the end of your first semester at OU.

OU participates in several community college transfer agreements, including the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Learn about the benefits of following a transfer agreement.

You can also follow a transfer program guide for your intended OU major, from any community college in Michigan.

Students with international credentials must have an official, course-by-course evaluation sent by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluator.

Military students with one year of continuous active duty service are awarded four elective credits. Further transfer credit may be awarded after review of military transcripts and ACE guidelines.

AP/IB/CLEP Policies
Oakland University welcomes students who have gone above and beyond by earning college-level credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). OU’s Office of the Registrar evaluates and awards credit or exemption for certain scores on AP, IB and CLEP . We also recognize the IB diploma. You should apply for admission and be sure to send your scores directly to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.
TAG

By following the path laid out by our Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program, high school and transfer students can reserve a place at Oakland University. Whether you’re a community college student hoping to transfer after the completion of your associate degree or a high school junior planning ahead, you have a unique chance to secure your future.

The TAG program gives you access to special College Credit Advising Days, which provide guidance from OU academic advising staff to ensure you’re on the right path for maximum transferability of your community college coursework. When you follow the TAG program and complete a course plan designed for a transfer to Oakland University, you have the assurance that every effort was made to maximize your credit and to spare you from having to repeat a course.

In order to best maximize your time at the community college, the TAG program is designed for high school juniors and seniors planning to begin their post-secondary education at the community college, or current community college students with less than 56 earned credits.

If you can answer “yes” to every statement below, you may be eligible to participate in the TAG program:

  • I am planning to complete my bachelor’s degree through Oakland University
  • I plan to have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher
Request more information about the TAG program.
International

At Oakland University, we welcome students from all over the world. International students can come to OU as a/an:

  • undergraduate student. Students who are degree-seeking and who have met the English proficiency requirement.
  • undergraduate GAPP student. The Global Achievement Pathways Program (GAPP) allows students to come to OU with lower English proficiency and begin academic study for a degree while taking English classes.
  • ESL student (apply here). Students who need to improve their English proficiency before applying for a degree program.
  • ASAP student. The American Semester Abroad Program (ASAP) allows students to study abroad at Oakland for a semester or a year and transfer credits back to their home university. 

If at any time you would like to know more about OU or have any questions about applying as an international student, please contact us at international@oakland.edu or (248) 370-3360.

Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the online application. Please submit your completed application for the desired term by:
    • July 1 for the fall semester
    • November 1 for the winter semester
    • March 1 for the summer semester

  2. Students who have or are seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa are also required to submit an international supplemental application for admission to a degree-seeking program. ASAP students should submit the international supplemental application for ASAP 

    The international supplemental application contains additional information about transcripts, English proficiency and other documents required for admission.
English Proficiency

Undergraduate English Proficiency Policy
A reasonable level of English proficiency is needed for students to be successful when completing an academic degree in the United States. All international applicants, other visa holders, permanent residents, and applicants whose first language is not English, must be proficient in English as a requirement to enroll in courses for credit at Oakland University. Such applicants will be required to demonstrate English proficiency by meeting one of the following conditions listed below.

Admission based on English Proficiency Testing for Undergraduate students

 

  

Regular Admission Minimum scores

Global Achievement Pathways Program (GAPP), or 

American Semester Abroad Program

(ASAP)

ESL Institute

Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test

(TOEFL iBT)

79

One semester
69 to 78

(Minimum section

score 16)
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Two semesters
62 to 68

61 or lower

International English Language

Testing System

(IELTS)

6.5

One semester
IELTS 6.0
(Minimum section

score 5.5)
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Two semesters
IELTS 6.0

5.5 or lower

PTE Academic

53   

One semester
48 - 52
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Two semesters
44 - 47

43 or lower

Duolingo

48

One semester
38 - 47
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Two semesters
30 - 37

29 or lower


Additional ways to demonstrate English Proficiency

  • One year of study and a diploma from a U.S. high school.
  • Completion of all coursework to earn a high school diploma at an institution outside of the U.S. where the language of instruction was English.
  • 24 transferable credits, excluding ESL coursework, from a U.S. community college or baccalaureate institution.
  • A degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Completion of three level 7 courses with a minimum of a B- in the ESL Institute at Oakland University.
  • Completion of ELS Level 112 Intensive program.

The following criteria only apply to students who do not hold and are not seeking an F or a J visa to study at Oakland University.

  • The student has worked full-time in the United States for at least three years in an English speaking environment. Evidence must be provided such as a letter of support from human resources to confirm employment.  
  • The student has worked full-time for at least three years in an English speaking environment outside of the United States. Evidence must be provided such as a letter of support from human resources that confirms English as the primary language of written and oral communication.  
  • A letter of support or comment from the ESL Institute at Oakland University based on an interview and completion of the ESL placement test.

Some programs at Oakland University may require a higher level of English proficiency than listed above. Applicants should examine the program description for their field of study for information about additional English proficiency requirements and furnish proof as part of the admission process.

Tuition and Costs
International students who plan to attend Oakland University on a student visa (F-1) or an exchange visa (J-1) may qualify for a  scholarship award from the International Students and Scholars Office. International transfer students who are currently in the U.S. are also eligible. An application is required for this award.

International students who are citizens of Canada and Mexico may qualify for the Non-Resident Award from Undergraduate Admissions. The scholarship allows students to pay in-state tuition rates. Learn more on the general  scholarships website.

Tuition and expenses illustrated below are for fall and winter semesters, based on a 12-14 credit schedule per semester. Students who will enroll in summer courses should plan for additional financial support. Students should also budget an additional $4,000 per year for books, supplies and other personal costs. Students who plan to bring dependents on an F-2 visa, should add $6,500 (including insurance) per year for the first dependent and $4,900 per year for each additional dependent. (A dependent is a spouse or a child 20 years of age or younger).

  • International Undergraduate 
    Tuition (out-of-state) $19,788
    Living expenses $10,225
    Medical insurance $1,860
    TOTAL $31,873

  • Canadian/Mexican Undergraduate
    Tuition (out-of-state) $11,246*
    Living expenses $10,225
    Medical insurance $1,860
    TOTAL $23,331


    *Freshman and transfer students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of admission may qualify for the Non-Resident Award, which would cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. The rate on this chart reflects this award. Students pursuing a second undergraduate degree do not qualify for this award. Tuition is subject to change at the discretion of the university.
F-2 Dependents
Oakland University welcomes any individual on a valid F-2 visa to benefit from part-time study even if their F-1 visa holder attends another institution. Academic study as a degree-seeking candidate at OU will require an F-2 student to meet all university and departmental admissions requirements.
Guest Students

We make it easy to be a guest student at OU — regardless of which university you attend now. Check out our schedule of classes to help you knock out a required course during the summer or to just get ahead in your studies.

To attend OU as a guest student, you must be in good standing at your home institution and must be enrolled at an accredited college or university.

Steps to Apply
  1. Complete Part I of the Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application Form.

  2. Bring your completed Guest Application to your home institution's Registrar Office for completion of Part II.

  3. Mail your application to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    North Foundation Hall, Room 101
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454
Please allow a minimum of five business days for Oakland University to process your Guest Application. Guest status is valid for one semester only. If you wish to attend more than one semester, a Guest Application must be filed for each semester.
Transferring Credit
Guest students receive all advising from their home institution and are responsible for requesting that a transcript of grades be sent to the home institution after courses are completed. See how your credits will transfer from OU or other four-year institutions.
Dual Enroll

We partner with school districts throughout the state to offer high school students the opportunity to take college classes on campus. This allows high school juniors and seniors who have moved beyond the curriculum available in their school to continue to advance their education

Criteria
Dual-enrolled students must:
  • Have a 3.0 minimum high school grade point average
  • Be of junior or senior standing in high school
Steps to Apply
  1. Complete and submit an Oakland University dual enrollment application.

  2. Request your high school transcript through Parchment, or ask your high school to send your transcript to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    North Foundation Hall, Room 101
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454

  3. If your high school is paying for your tuition, you must submit the Dual Enrollment Worksheet from your school before OU’s payment due date to:
    Student Business Services
    North Foundation Hall, Room 120
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454  
Admission is for one academic year, beginning with the fall semester, provided that you earn at least a 2.0 in each class taken at Oakland University. Dual-enrolled students may take up to eight credits per semester.
Post-Undergraduate

Post-undergraduate students are students who already hold a bachelor’s degree but want to either obtain another undergraduate degree (second-degree students) or take additional courses not related to another degree (post-baccalaureate students).

Criteria for Second Degree Students

You are considered a second-degree student if you already have a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or an equivalent degree and want to obtain another undergraduate degree. Each academic department determines the specific admissions criteria for second-degree students.

Students holding a bachelor’s degree or higher who wish to enroll for the purpose of obtaining an Initial Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate should apply as a second-degree seeking student.

Students pursuing a second degree will pay upper-level tuition.
Steps to Apply for Second Degree Students
  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Have your official college transcript(s) from each college or university you attended mailed to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    North Foundation Hall, Room 101
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454

    The transcript must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student." If you have attended more than one college, transcripts from each must be provided.

Once Oakland University receives your application, we will:

  • Process your application to ensure all materials have been received.
  • Gather information needed for the academic department to make an admissions decision.
  • Forward your file to the appropriate academic department for a decision.

When a decision is made, OU will contact you via U.S. mail. If you receive a delay decision, you should contact Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV or (248) 370-3360.

Criteria for Post-Baccalaureate Students

You are considered a post-baccalaureate student if you already have a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or an equivalent degree and want to take additional courses not related to another degree.

Under post-baccalaureate status, your previous academic work will not be evaluated by the registrar and you will be admitted as a non-degree seeking candidate.

Students taking post-baccalaureate courses will pay upper-level tuition. Under this status, you do not qualify for financial aid.
Steps to Apply for Post-Baccalaureate Students
  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Have your proof of degree (transcript or copy of your diploma) sent to:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    North Foundation Hall, Room 101
    318 Meadow Brook Road
    Rochester, MI 48309-4454
Non-Matriculating

Please call Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV or (248) 370-3360 to determine if this status is right for you.

Non-matriculating status generally indicates that you are not seeking a degree from Oakland University. You will likely select non-matriculating on your application for undergraduate admission if you:

  • Graduated from high school and plan to enroll in another college or university the following fall. Note that you should consult with your intended college or university about whether Oakland courses will transfer, or whether taking courses prior to fall enrollment will impact your scholarship status.
  • Are entering Oakland University as a freshman but taking summer courses before the fall semester.
  • Are interested in participating in the American Semester Abroad Program (ASAP).

Non-matriculating students are limited to completing 12 credits in this status. Students who are currently enrolled in high school and who wish to take classes at OU should not complete an application for undergraduate admission. Instead, you should download and submit an application for dual enrollment. Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and who wish to take undergraduate classes at OU should apply as either a post-baccalaureate or second-degree seeking student.

Veterans

We are grateful for the exceptional contributions made by the members of our armed forces. Our faculty and staff are devoted to providing an environment that helps veterans, service members and family members achieve their academic and personal best.

As an OU student, you'll receive priority registration, in-state tuition, support services and special recognition upon graduation.

Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the online application. When selecting the application type, choose freshman, transfer or the option that best describes you. If you have ever attended a college or university, including the Community College of the Air Force, you should apply as a transfer student. If you have never attended a college or university, you should apply as a freshman student.
  2. Have your official college transcript(s), including military transcripts, mailed to Undergraduate Admissions (the AARTS and SMART Transcripts have been combined into the Joint Services Transcript, and can be accessed at jst.doded.mil). Official transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and must not be stamped "issued to student." If you have attended more than one college or university, transcripts from each must be provided. If admitted, your transcripts (including military training) will be evaluated and credit will be granted based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.
Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits
Complete the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) to apply to use your educational benefits. For more information regarding VA Vocational Rehabilitation, contact the Detroit Regional VA Office at (800) 827-1000.
Readmission

You must apply for readmission if you have been:

  • absent from the university for six or more years
  • dismissed for unsatisfactory academic progress

Please submit your application and all supporting documents by:

  • July 1 for the fall semester
  • November 1 for the winter semester
  • March 1 for the summer semester

If you attended another school during your absence from Oakland University, you must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended.

Readmission to the university is not automatic for students dismissed because of poor academic performance. An application for a first readmission by a student who has been dismissed for insufficient academic progress is reviewed by the university’s Readmission Committee. The Academic Standing and Honors Committee will review the Academic records of students applying for readmission a second or subsequent time.

If readmitted students fail to enroll for the semester or session for which their readmission is granted, that readmission is considered void. If students wish to enroll for the semester or session immediately following the term for which readmission was granted, they may do so with a written request to update their readmission application addressed to Undergraduate Admissions. However, if such students wish to enroll for a term later than one semester or session following the term for which they were readmitted, they must complete another readmission application and submit it by the deadlines.