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Developing Whole Leaders for the whole World


The Mission of ORU

ORU's mission is to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world.

The Vision of ORU

ORU was founded by Oral Roberts in 1963 upon the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of scripture. God gave the following commission to Oral Roberts and it has remained the University's vision ever since:

"Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased."

About Oral Roberts University (ORU)

Founded in 1963 by Oral Roberts.

Over 31,000 graduates and a total alumni population of more than 61,000.

ORU is comprised of six different colleges with bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Those colleges are:

  • College of Arts and Cultural Studies
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Theology and Ministry

ORU offers over 100 undergraduate majors and over 25 graduate and doctoral programs.

ORU's student-to-teacher ratio is 17:1.

Rather than fraternities and sororities, ORU students belong to housing "wings" that become de facto families for them on campus. Each wing has its own student chaplain to help oversee each student's spiritual growth, and "brother" and "sister" wings frequently join together for fun group activities.

ORU features a diverse population of 4,753 students, with students from every state in the United States as well as an international student body from 126 nations.

ORU has 14 NCAA Division I athletic teams. For more information about athletics at ORU, visit ORUathletics.com.

The placement rate for ORU graduates seeking employment is 99.57% compared to the national average of 86.6%.

ORU's mascot is the Golden Eagle.

ORU is located at 7777 S. Lewis Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For a map of the campus, visit http://www.oru.edu/campus-map/

About "Whole Person" Education

While being a rigorous educational institution, ORU is not focused solely on growing our students' intelligence. We espouse an education philosophy that we call "Whole Person" Education, aiming to increase our students' facility in spirit, mind, and body. As a result, our education includes spiritual development through bi-weekly chapel services and Christ-centered curriculum, as well as physical training through a wide array of physical education classes that incorporate the latest in technology.

About President William M. Wilson

Dr. William M. Wilson is the fourth president of Oral Roberts University. As president of the historic educational institution, Wilson is helping develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world.

With three decades of executive leadership experience, Wilson is recognized as a global influencer with unwavering ethics, strong business acumen, and an undeniable passion for building Spirit-empowered leaders.

Wilson served on the ORU Board of Trustees as vice-chair until his election as ORU president in June of 2013. Since taking office, Wilson has led ORU through consecutive years of growth, designed and implemented the board-approved ORU adaptive plan and led the University's enormous 50th Anniversary campaign and celebration. Wilson has also extended Oral Roberts's original mandate to go "to the uttermost bounds of the Earth" by establishing global alliances in Asia and Europe. He has spearheaded the complete redesign and repurposing of the "Baby Mabee" from a simple television studio into ORU's flagship Global Learning Center, taking the university into the era of Globalization. Add to all this the construction of the ONEOK Sports Complex and being welcomed into the Harvard Institutional Advancement Program for Presidents, and Wilson's tenure at ORU can already be described as impactful.

Additionally, Wilson has fostered unique global partnerships through Empowered21—an initiative launched at ORU that brings together ministry leaders, scholars and next generation voices from the Spirit-empowered movement. Empowered21 has expanded exponentially and today influences nations through 13 regional cabinets with significant ministry leaders.

A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University in Secondary Education. He also holds a Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.

About Oral Roberts

Oral Roberts (January 24, 1918 – December 15, 2009), founder of Oral Roberts University, was known internationally as an educator, evangelist, businessman, author, and television personality. He received his formal education at Oklahoma Baptist University and Phillips University. In 1947 he resigned his pastorate to enter an evangelistic ministry to pray for the healing of the whole person, and he went on to conduct hundreds of evangelistic and healing crusades on six continents, appearing as a guest speaker for countless national and international meetings and conventions. Always a pioneer who embraced the cutting edge of technology and learning, Roberts established ORU as a charismatic, Christian, liberal arts university dedicated to educating the whole person—spirit, mind and body.

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