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University of Tulsa: Narrative Description


600 South College Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104-3189
Tel: (918)631-2000
Free: 800-331-3050
Admissions: (918)631-2307
Fax: (918)631-2247
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Independent, university, coed, affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and first professional certificates. Founded 1894. Setting: 200-acre urban campus with easy access to Tulsa. Endowment: $703.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $14.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,856 per student. Total enrollment: 4,174. Faculty: 427 (308 full-time, 119 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 2,621 applied, 74% were admitted. 56% from top 10% of their high school class, 76% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 66 National Merit Scholars, 30 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,580 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 176 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 41 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 5% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 7% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 10% 25 or older, 64% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. One-time mandatory fee: $375. Comprehensive fee: $23,556 includes full-time tuition ($17,550), mandatory fees ($80), and college room and board ($5926). College room only: $3216. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $630 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $3 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 272 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 21% of eligible men and 23% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Association, Residence Hall Association, honor societies, intramural sports, pre-professional clubs. Major annual events: Homecoming, Springfest, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,206 college housing spaces available; 1,752 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. McFarlin Library plus 1 other with 940,105 books, 3 million microform titles, 6,317 serials, 13,320 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.5 million. 900 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The climate is temperate. The average year-round high temperature is 71 degrees. The population is 750,000 in the metropolitan area. The city features a professional opera company, a national ballet company, a symphony orchestra, museums, art galleries, community theatres, parks, minor league teams in hockey and baseball and recreation and shopping facilities. Public bus transportation is available.

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