Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Local Community

Oakland University is located in Oakland County located in southeast Michigan. One of the most prosperous counties in the United States, Oakland County is home to Fortune 500 companies, year-round recreation, entertainment, shopping, and cultural and social opportunities. Together, all this makes Oakland County a great place to live, work and go to school.
Cider Mills 
Goodson, Paint Creek, Rochester and  Yates cider mills all are located in Oakland County and offer seasonal opportunities for outings.

Historical Museums
The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, is the nation's largest indoor/outdoor history museum, which includes 88 acres of historic homes and buildings spanning 300 years of American history. The  Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, located in Stoney Creek Village, a 16-acre museum complex dating back to 1823, has exhibits that highlight the settlement, agriculture, industry and cultural evolution of the greater Rochester area.

Historical Sites 
Besides  Meadow Brook Hall on OU’s campus, there are a number of historical sites in the area including  Olde World Canterbury Village in Lake Orion, which is the former farm of newspaper publisher Howard Scripps.

Sporting Events 
You can attend sporting events on-campus. Or, you can take a short drive to Detroit and see the Detroit Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings.

The Detroit Zoo is located not too far away in Royal Oak.
Downhill Skiing 
Three downhill skiing resorts are located nearby Oakland University: Alpine Valley, Pine Knob, and Mt. Holly.

Golf Courses 
You can golf on OU's two golf courses, The R&S Sharf Golf Course and the Katke-Cousins Golf Course. There are also more than 30 courses located in Oakland County! Ones near campus include Brookwood Golf Club, Pine Trace Golf Club and Hampton Golf Club.

Besides the many city and township parks, Oakland County has 11 county parks and 8 state parks that offer year-round recreation including camping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, golfing, biking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. Parks close to home include Stoney Creek, River Woods Park and Spencer Beach.

Recreation Trail
The trailhead for the 8.5-mile Paint Creek Trail, which is a non-motorized recreation trail for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding, is located in downtown Rochester. There are also multiple trailheads for the Clinton River Trail near campus.

The Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Drive in Rochester, has partnered with Oakland University to serve as the university’s preferred destination for guest lodging and official conference center. This partnership provides OU guests and visitors with first class conference facilities and lodging, while increasingly drawing esteemed visitors to the region and broadening awareness of the Rochester community.

Preferred Partner Hotels
The following hotels are preferred partners of OU Athletics. Ask for OU discounted rates when making a reservation at these places. 

Details on Oakland's Three Preferred Marriott Hotels

Click here to book your cooperate rate for Oakland University

Or contact Sara Arpke by phone at (248) 648-6019 or by email at

Courtyard by Marriott
3555 Centerpoint Pkwy
Pontiac, MI 48341

Residence Inn Marriott
3333 Centerpoint Pkwy
Pontiac, MI 48341

Marriott Auburn Hills Pontiac
3600 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, MI 48341

Other Hotels Near OU
There are many other places near OU's campus to stay when you visit. See the Metro Travel Guide website for a complete list of places to stay.


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