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Oakland University

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The university was established in 1957 through a generous donation from founders Alfred and Matilda Dodge Wilson. They contributed their historic estate and $2 million to Michigan State University to establish a satellite school, named Michigan State University– Oakland.


Oakland University offers 277 degree and certificate programs with more than 19,000 students currently enrolled. A public university situated on 1,443 acres, OU spans two thriving cities, Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, in southeast Michigan.


Oakland University provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a rich, collaborative environment for our faculty and students in support of their research and educational activities. OU is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of the nation’s doctoral research universities. 

The Research Office provides the necessary administrative infrastructure for investigators, and strongly encourages the involvement of students in research. OU is committed to the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research, which are essential for sustaining an excellent research program that contributes to the well-being of our local, national and global communities.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
1001 -200
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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1028 -14
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

One of the best things about college life is discovering yourself and what makes you happy. At OU, you’re given the chance to do and be virtually anything you want. 

Housing services

OU has six unique residence halls located in the heart of campus. That means everything you need - classrooms, labs, the Rec Center, food and Kresge Library - are all within a 10 - minute walk.

Library services

Oakland University’s Libraries support the educational, research, and public service mission of the University by providing user-centered teaching, services, resources, and learning environments for the entire OU community. 

  • 511,414 print book volumes
  • 61,042 e-journals
  • 3,679 print journals
  • 157,918 digital media
  • 198 online databases
  • Special Collections
  • University Archives

Medical services

Graham Health Center provides convenient, affordable, high quality health care right on campus. We are staffed by certified Nurse Practitioners,  Physician Assistants and physician consultant.

Student Life

Campus life

  • 1,443 acres of wooded hills and meadows
  • More than 50 major buildings
  • Six co-ed residence halls, two student apartment complexes
  • and four Greek cottages
  • State-of-the-art recreation center and athletic dome.
  • Home to OU Art Gallery, Meadow Brook Hall, Meadow Brook
  • Theatre and Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

Sports facilities

Our team collaborates across campus to provide relevant, high-quality health programs and educational opportunities to all students. Wellness workshops may be requested by resident assistants, academic peer mentors, advisers, academic instructors, student groups, etc. View the current workshop menu below. Series workshops (Wellness in the House and RecWell programs) are open to everyone on campus. 

Student clubs

GrizzOrgs is Oakland University’s database for over 300 student organizations. Students can get involved by accessing GrizzOrgs online. GrizzOrgs is a 24/7 connection to student, Greek, and club sports organizations. GrizzOrgs includes:

  • student organization directory
  • student organization websites
  • events calendar
  • announcements
  • leadership and volunteer opportunities
  • how to join a student organization
  • how to start a student organization
  • membership information


Oakland University is accredited by Higher Learning Commission.

Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States

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