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Oakland University Data & Information Overview

420 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
92% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Oakland University Ranked?

#447 Best Colleges in Nation
#11 Best Colleges in MI
Registered Nursing Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Oakland University was awarded 420 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Oakland is ranked #447 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 57 colleges in Michigan, Oakland is ranked at #11.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Oakland?

92% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 92%, Oakland has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Oakland submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 620. Math scores were between 480 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Oakland University  ( 490 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Oakland University  ( 480 to 610 )
Oakland received ACT scores from 10% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Oakland University  ( 21 to 29 )

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Oakland University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
53% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Oakland University is about average at 17 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Oakland University is 53%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  53 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Oakland University

73% Freshmen Retention
30% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 73% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Oakland University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Oakland this rate is 30%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

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Oakland University Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,057 Full-Time Undergraduates
22.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 15,100 undergraduates at Oakland with 12,057 being full-time and 3,043 being part-time.

How Much Does Oakland University Cost?

$13,449 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
$22,580 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Oakland is $13,449. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Oakland

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,949 $8,839 $12,008 $16,142 $20,162

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Oakland, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Oakland, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $5,645 a year. That adds up to $22,580 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Oakland is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Oakland Graduates Make?

$52,912 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Oakland make about $52,912 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Oakland graduates since it is 25% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Oakland University

Michigan State
12,057 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Oakland University is a public institution located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Rochester Hills is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Oakland are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309-4401
Phone: 248-370-2100

Oakland University Majors

82 Majors With Completions
3,412 Undergraduate Degrees
1,066 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 82 majors graduated from Oakland University. Of these students, 3,412 received undergraduate degrees and 1,066 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 458 $61,925
Other Health Professions 285 $27,476
Human Resource Management 200 $47,599
Computer Information Systems 170 $61,652
General Biology 163 $25,099
General Psychology 162 $28,572
Mechanical Engineering 160 $73,808
Communication & Media Studies 130 $34,054
Teacher Education Grade Specific 121 $34,586
Liberal Arts General Studies 121 $34,722

Learn more about the majors offered at Oakland University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Oakland

63% Take At Least One Class Online
13% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 10,892 students took at least one online class at Oakland University. This is a decrease from the 17,748 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 10,892 2,291
2019-2020 17,748 10,502
2018-2019 4,921 794
2017-2018 4,772 714
2016-2017 4,499 717

Learn more about online learning at Oakland University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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