#11 Best Public Universities in Michigan

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan

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Oakland University overview
Location Rochester Hills, Michigan
Online oakland.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Oakland University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Oakland University, located in the suburban setting of Rochester Hills, Michigan, is a public institution established in 1957. Situated just north of Detroit, the campus spans across 1,443 acres, combining modern architecture with natural landscapes, including Meadow Brook Hall, a National Historic Landmark. The university offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strength in health sciences, business administration, education, and engineering. Housing is available on campus, with a variety of living options for students. While Oakland University has a moderately selective admissions process, it provides opportunities for a diverse student body to thrive academically. The university's athletic teams, known as the Golden Grizzlies, compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League, particularly gaining recognition in basketball and swimming.

In the most recent statistical year 11,110 prospective students applied, and 10,005 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,117 enrolled in the school.  12,199 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,909 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $14,476 plus fees of $0. Oakland is ranked 751 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Oakland is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Oakland University overview
SAT 1015/1245
GPA 3.51

Applications Accepted

Oakland University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Michigan Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Oakland University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $11,192
Budget for Other Expenses$2,644
Total One Year Cost$29,112

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Oakland University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $11,192
Budget for Other Expenses$2,644
Total One Year Cost$38,366

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

40% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Oakland University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 26%
Business 18%
Communication 9%
Education 7%
Social Sciences 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=171571 IPEDS survey data for Oakland University.

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