Wall Street Journal Ranks ORU Fourth Nationally for Student Engagement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 23, 2021

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TULSA, Okla.—Oral Roberts University (ORU), for the third consecutive year, is among the elite-ranked universities in the nation for student engagement. This year, ORU placed fourth in the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. The rankings for 2022 showed ORU tied for fourth with the University of Michigan, Purdue University, Baylor University, Cedarville University, Brigham Young University, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Southern California.  

ORU rose from fifth place last year in student engagement and continues to place within the top 100 schools for environment. This has occurred during an unprecedented 13 consecutive years of enrollment growth. ORU has opened new facilities debt-free, expanded its remarkable faculty, kept its tuition costs at the average for universities of its size, and provided students with continuous face-to-face education.

“We’re extremely pleased to see our students reap the benefits as we continue to work with an outstanding administration and world-class faculty to increase and improve our programs,” said ORU President Dr. William Wilson. “I believe the best students from around the globe truly want to attend ORU. These students value their education and aspire to become whole leaders for the whole world.”

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey measures fifteen performance indicators including the learning environment, diversity of the student body, the academic staff, graduate salaries, and debt, plus how well students feel prepared to use their education in the real world. 

“Our professors pray for their students and are deeply concerned about ensuring they become both educated and also equipped for life,” said ORU Provost Dr. Kathaleen Reid-Martinez. “The ORU campus, classrooms, labs, gyms, and even hallways are filled with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff working together.” 

ORU continued to expand its diversity, growing to 125 nations represented, with students from all 50 states and varying ethnicities.

ORU senior Mychaela Burris said, “What’s different at ORU is our professors are not just instructors but really mentors. They work hard to help us succeed. This makes me feel like ORU’s environment is preparing me for the future.”



ORU is an interdenominational Christian Spirit-empowered university located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Under the leadership of Dr. William Wilson, ORU is preparing its students spiritually, mentally and physically to be whole leaders for the whole world. It offers over 150 majors, minors and pre-professional programs ranging from business and biology to engineering, nursing, ministry, and more.

ORU is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as
•    #1 Best Value Regional College in the West
•    #1 in Undergraduate Teaching
•    #3 in Best Colleges for Veterans
•    #5 in Best Regional Colleges in the West
The Wall Street Journal ranks ORU as the #5 university in the nation for student engagement, which measures interaction with faculty, collaborative learning, critical thinking, how the university supports students applying what they learn to the real world, the extent to which classes challenge students, and whether they would recommend the school to others.
For more information, visit www.oru.edu

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