Oakland University

Located in the heart of Oakland County's Automation Alley, the university has forged hundreds of partnerships with hospitals, Fortune 500 companies, cities, government agencies and educational institutions.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Law (1)



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.


The list of academic options at Oakland University is constantly growing. OU offers more than 130 undergraduate degrees and more than 135 graduate degree and certificate programs. Students can also participate in high-level research as early as their freshman year.


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 2021

GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

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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

Independence and community are a large part of OU housing’s appeal, but the benefits run deeper than that. Undergraduates who live in student housing are the university’s fastest-growing population segment. They’re involved in everything—filling leadership roles, building student organizations, staging events, and shaping OU’s future.

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

Student Life

Campus life

Situated north of Detroit and spread across 1,400 acres in the heart of Oakland County, OU houses seven residence halls, two apartment complexes, a state of the art recreation center and athletic dome, a newly renovated and expanded student union, the OU Art Gallery, Meadow Brook Hall, Meadow Brook Theatre and the 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.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Enjoyed being on campus but prefer independent study environment.

Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States

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