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With more than 130 undergraduate and more than 120 graduate degree and certificate programs, Oakland University is a nationally recognized public university with nearly 20,000 students from around the world. Each year more than 2,400 students choose to transfer to Oakland to complete their degree programs. They quickly find themselves immersed in a vibrant campus community that provides support and resources to ease the transition and pave the way for timely graduation. You can learn more about Oakland University and all it offers transfer students in these pages.





Adjusting and succeeding in college can be challenging — especially for new transfer students. At Oakland, you’ll find warm smiles and a helping hand in academic advising offices across campus. If you have decided on a major, you can work directly with the unit advising office.

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Oakland offers a variety of specialized resources, free to all enrolled students. majors within the fields of business, • Academic tutors education, engineering, the humanities, • Full-service writing center math and laboratory science, nursing, • Organized study groups health sciences, visual and performing • Learning seminars arts, and the social sciences. And there’s room to explore: OU’s Integrative Studies • Technology services program allows you to build your own • Disability support services academic major. Oakland University is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (; phone [800] 621-7440)

To improve your performance in a challenging class or enhance specific skills, check out OU’s extensive



The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class last fall. The school is a member of an elite group – one of just 134 M.D.- Preparing for a career starts long before granting medical schools in the country. college graduation. OU’s interactive Focus on the Finish Line website can help you plan, explore and develop your path from student to professional.



OU offers more than 130 bachelor’s degree programs, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. College of Arts and Sciences Acting (BFA)*

Actuarial Science***

Japanese Language and Literature† Japanese (K-12)† Journalism

School of Business Administration Accounting

Business Economics

Health Sciences (Exercise Science, Nutrition and Health, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Integrative Holistic Medicine, Pre-Health Professional Studies)


Latin American Language and Civilization

Applied Statistics

Latin American Studies


Art History

Liberal Studies

General Management

Art, Studio Art (Drawing, New Media, Painting, Photography)


Human Resources Management

Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences (Cytotechnology, Medical Laboratory Science, Histotechnology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Radiologic Technology)

Management Information Systems

Occupational Safety and Health†††


Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention

Art, Studio Art (K-12)† Biochemistry

Mathematics† Medical Physics

Economics (BS)

Biomedical Sciences

Music* (Instrumental Performance, Piano Performance, Vocal Performance)


Music (K-12)*†

Cinema Studies

Musical Theatre (BFA)*

Elementary Education

Nursing (RN to BSN)‡



Human Resource Development

Pre-Accelerated Second Degree (BSN)

Creative Writing


Secondary Education†

Criminal Justice (Corrections and Treatment, Courts, Homeland Security, Information Security and Assurance, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement)

Political Science


Pre-Dentistry Pre-Law Pre-Liberal Arts

Dance (BA/BFA)*


East Asian Studies/China


East Asian Studies/Japan


Economics (BA)***



Public Administration and Public Policy

Environmental Science (Environmental Health, Environmental Sustainability and Resource Management)

Social Work (BSW)

French Language and Literature


French (K-12)†

Spanish Language and Literature

German Language and Literature

Spanish (K-12)†

German (K-12)†


Graphic Design

Theatre Design and Technology (BFA)*

History† International Relations


Women and Gender Studies Writing and Rhetoric

Operations Management

School of Education and Human Services

School of Engineering and Computer Science Computer Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Engineering Biology**

School of Nursing Pre-Nursing (BSN)

Integrative Studies Integrative Studies†††

undecided students

OU provides advising specifically for those who are undecided. Oakland’s First Year Advising Center will assist you in selecting your major.

Engineering Chemistry** Engineering Physics** Industrial and Systems Engineering Information Technology Mechanical Engineering

graduate study

Oakland offers more than 120 graduate programs including post-baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, and Ph.D. programs.

School of Health Sciences

Applied Health Sciences†† (Medical Assistant Studies, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Health Information Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies)

* Audition required. ** Offered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences. *** Offered jointly with the School of Business Administration. † The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) at Oakland is a partnership program in secondary education leading to a recommendation for certification to the Michigan Department of Education. Students earn their disciplinary credits (in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Japanese, Mathematics or Physics) from the College of Arts and Sciences and their professional course credits from the School of Education and Human Services. Oakland also offers six K-12 partnership programs between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Human Services: French, German, Japanese, Music, Spanish and Studio Art. †† Offered exclusively through Macomb Community College. For transfer students only. ††† Offered on campus and as an online program. ‡ Offered online only.





There’s always something to see and do at Oakland. You can get involved in more than 200 student organizations — including ones specific to transfer students, like the Tau Sigma National Honor Society — and participate in campus events, which offer plenty of opportunities to make friends. Get a taste of OU’s culture by visiting gems right on campus: take a tour of the 110-room Meadow Brook Hall, hear a concert at the outdoor summer amphitheatre Meadow Brook Music Festival, attend an exhibit at the Oakland University Art Gallery, watch performances at OU’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, or catch a play at Meadow Brook Theatre.


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Cheer on your NCAA Division I Golden Grizzlies, winners of 68 Summit League championships in 13 years of competition. Attending games — basketball, soccer and swimming, just to name a few — is easy on the wallet since most games are free for OU students.





At OU, we make the transfer process smooth and welcoming. Below are the basic steps to follow when transferring.

Assess your credits

Apply to OU

Get oriented

Admissions criteria depends on how many credits you have already earned from another institution at the time of application. You should check with your current institution to determine if you qualify for the general education MACRAO agreement. In general

There is no cost to apply to OU, and no paper application to slow you down. Go to and follow the detailed application instructions under the Transfer section. Make sure to write down your ID and password so that you may log in and monitor the status of your application. We typically notify students of an admissions decision within 4-6 weeks after all application materials are received. You can apply to OU at any point in the year, but to be eligible for scholarships, be sure to apply and submit all required materials by

OU’s Transfer Student Orientation, your formal introduction to the university, makes the transition to OU simple and welcoming. Orientation has two components

• 24 or more college credits: a GPA of at least 2.5 will be considered for admission to Oakland University (we’ll also consider positive trends of most recent grades).

• Fewer than 24 college credits: admission will be based on both college and • August 1 for fall entry high school records (you must provide transcripts from high school and all • December 1 for winter entry colleges attended).

Transfer credits


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All students transferring to OU must earn at least 32 credits at Oakland University to complete a bachelor’s degree program.

Once you are admitted to OU (congrats!), you will receive a transfer credit evaluation within one week. All coursework completed with a “C” or better grade is evaluated. You may use transferred courses for general education and major requirements. Academic departments will review transcripts for credits to be used toward major requirements by the end of your first semester at OU. As an incoming student, you may transfer up to half of the minimum credits required for your intended degree from a community college. To see how your credits will transfer, go to

• Part One, which is online and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete • Part Two, the 2.5-hour on-campus session, where you’ll meet with an academic adviser, create a plan of study and register for classes

Go to for more detailed information about these steps. Or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) OAK-UNIV or

• for community colleges • for four-year institutions



paying for


Now that you’ve learned about the extraordinary opportunities and resources available at Oakland, it’s time to figure out how to pay for it all. Today, more than half of OU students attend with the help of financial assistance totaling more than $120 million. You can benefit from those funds, too – all you need to do is apply for admissions. When you check out our tuition rates, remember that OU students pay no fees like they do at other colleges. In fact, OU is the only public university in Michigan that doesn’t charge fees. We simply have one price: the cost of tuition.

• Double occupancy on-campus room and board is estimated at $7,968 per year. • The cost of books and supplies varies depending on courses, but a general estimate is $1,362 per year.



Freshmen and sophomores


Juniors and seniors


Freshmen and sophomores


Juniors and seniors


*The 24 transferable credits must be earned by the scholarship deadline.

Freshmen and sophomores


Financial aid

Juniors and seniors




GET YOUR PERSONAL COST ESTIMATE AT Payment plans OU offers payment plans to help spread tuition and on-campus housing into several smaller, more manageable payments.



Talented Transfer Award ($2,000 for two years / $1,000 per year) Awarded to new transfer students with a college GPA of 3.00-3.59 and 24 or more transferable credits.*


1. Tuition is charged per credit hour. Above tuition is based on 31 credit hours. 2. Many students qualify for a scholarship that would cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Citizens of Canada and Mexico also qualify. Rate on chart reflects this award. 3. Students who plan to attend Oakland University on a student visa (F-1) or an exchange visa (J-1).

Distinguished Transfer Award ($3,000 for two years / $1,500 per year) Awarded to new transfer students with a college GPA of 3.60 or greater and 24 or more transferable credits.*

Class standing



To be considered for scholarships, entering winter transfer students must apply and submit all required materials by December 1, 2012, and entering fall students must apply and submit all required materials by August 1, 2013. If you meet these deadlines, you’ll automatically be considered for OU’s scholarship awards.

The table below shows undergraduate tuition rates for the 2012-13 academic year. Remember: • Cost per credit hour is based on class standing. Freshman and sophomores with fewer than 56 credits are considered lower-division students; juniors and seniors with 56 or more credits are considered upper-division students. Depending on how many credits you transfer, you may be charged upper-division rates.


Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at to see how much federal and/or state financial aid is available to you. Most applicants qualify to receive at least an unsubsidized loan, which is not based on financial need. Often, other grants, workstudy opportunities and subsidized loans are offered, as well. Fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.

Cost-saving partnerships Partnership programs with area community colleges provide students who have earned less than 32 college credits joint admission through one application, and the flexibility to take courses at one or both institutions at the same time. Current partners include Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, Oakland Community College and St. Clair County Community College.

reverse transfer New this year: students who complete a minimum of 30 credits at Macomb Community College and a minimum of 35 credits at OU will quality for reverse transfer, and will be awarded an associate degree from Macomb. That means they can pursue a bachelor’s degree while still having the associate degree to show for their earlier efforts!

Go to for more detailed information about all the financial options available to you.





Learn more about Oakland during an oncampus event. Reservations are required for most events. (800) OAK-UNIV Academic visits Discover exciting academic, research and scholarship opportunities with schoolspecific events such as Go Business Day, Engineering and Computer Science Day, and Human Health Day.

Transfer Open Houses Receive an immediate admissions decision and transfer credit evaluation. OU staff and faculty are available to answer questions about general education requirements, transfer credit procedures and financial aid.

Transfer Tuesdays On select Tuesdays, Undergraduate Admissions takes scheduled appointments with prospective transfer students to discuss an admissions decision and credit evaluation. This program is by appointment only.






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Fast facts • 19,379 students (15,838 undergraduate, 3,541 graduate) as of fall 2011 • 22-to-1 student-to faculty ratio • 93 percent of faculty with doctoral/terminal degrees • Fewer than 35 students per undergraduate course • Two 15-week semesters (September-December and January-April) • Two 8-week summer sessions (May-June and July-August) • $35 million total research expenditures for 2010 • $18 million federal awards for 2010 • More than 90,000 alumni with 75 percent living in Michigan • Nearly 83 percent of OU graduates employed within six months of graduation • Kresge Library houses 747,000 volumes, 1.1 million microfiche and more than 100 computers • 1,443 acres of wooded hills and meadows • 48 major buildings • Five coed residence halls including the Scholars Tower, Pre-Nursing Hall and Pre-Business Hall • Six student apartment buildings • Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine opened in 2011, one of 134 M.D.-granting schools in the country • High-tech business and technology building (Elliott Hall) • New Human Health Building • State-of-the-art Recreation and Athletics Center • Everything on west campus within a 10-minute walk • Accessible to individuals with disabilities • Lighted walkways and emergency blue-light phones



• Oakland University is categorized as a Doctoral/Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. • U.S News and World Report consistently recognizes Oakland in its annual report about “America’s Best Colleges.” • OU was named a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, which recognizes universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans.




Office of Undergraduate Admissions 101 North Foundation Hall 2200 North Squirrel Road Rochester, Michigan 48309-4475

The friendly, knowledgeable admissions advisers are available to answer all your questions about OU. Find your adviser at Or, find out when OU will attend college fairs in your area by visiting


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