University Advancement


Ora Hirsh Pescovitz script
Filming: Friday, January 12, 2–3 p.m.
Wilson Hall, Room 204

“My time on campus has shown me what Oakland University is made of. How hard work and persistence can shatter expectations. Our students, faculty, staff, donors and community partners pursue excellence in the face of obstacles — and don’t back down.”

Thank you for everything you’ve done to make OU what it is today. I’m excited to continue this work with you and look forward to seeing what we make next.

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Make it here
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Oakland University is recognized as a student-centered, doctoral research institution with a global perspective. Our students and faculty are dedicated to a distinct educational experience in more than 130 undergraduate and 135 graduate degree programs and certificates, meaningful research in a variety of fields, study abroad, community engagement, and other opportunities that bring knowledge to life in ways that benefit members of our campus and surrounding communities and, indeed, the world.

The comprehensive campaign for Oakland University accelerates our mission in education through these key pillars:

Student Success

Investment will create access to educational opportunities, enabling students from diverse backgrounds, with diverse needs and goals, to excel in the classroom and beyond. Scholarships and other support funds will improve our ability to recruit and retain high achieving scholars and ensure they have a successful journey at Oakland.

Teaching, Research and Discovery

Investment will create institutes and centers of excellence that enable faculty and students to pursue specialized areas of study and research. Funds will also enhance Oakland’s ability to recruit and retain top faculty and support the research, scholarship, and other contributions made towards enriching the academic environment. Building faculty talent with endowed professorships and chairs will attract the brightest students, elevate student learning, and foster more collaboration with corporate and foundation partners.

Community Collaboration

Investment will enable students and faculty to make meaningful connections between Oakland University and its community, fostering partnerships and programs that will make an important difference in meeting the needs of citizens and the campus community.

Campus Expansion

Creating new space and enhancing current facilities will enable students and faculty to connect with campus through meaningful research, student life, and professional development opportunities. Improved labs and other learning spaces will bring classroom theory to life for today’s students and countless future students.

Innovative Programs

Enhancements to programming and curriculum enable Oakland University to build new and advanced degree programs and concentrations, expand course offerings, and provide supplemental training designed to prepare today’s students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful leaders following graduation.