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I loved it! Bob Stamps and the faculty I interacted with were particularly inspirational, and
they developed strong mentoring relationships with me, many of which have continued to this
My experience at ORU was life-changing because it nourished, equipped and enhanced my
walk as a minister who preaches, teaches, and writes. The faculty was never too busy to
explain or to edify or to inspire me by recommending more books to read. As one who has a
passion and a call to teach at university level, the faculty became a powerful model of
Christ's heart--and I intend to model the same when I teach at university level. Thank you.
I LOVED my experience at ORU. My 4 years there, were during a financially difficult time for
ORU and that is probably why the housing, food service, etc. were in need of improvement.
So even though I marked many needed improvement choices on this survey, I hold ORU in
high regards and look back fondly. I've had many student teachers from ORU in my
classroom and I always tell people about what a wonderful school it is!
I loved how sister and brother wings were paired together. That really helped with social
interactions. Practicums with the school of education were very beneficial to me as a teacher.
Student teaching in two different grade levels was also a big help.
I was horrified to learn that ORU athletes were not held to the same spiritual and academic
standards as the general student population. I saw athletes smoking pot in a car in the
parking lot of the Maybee Center. I told my Chaplain and she totally blew it off. That
diminished my respect for the Chaplain Dept as well. I would expect that it's the same today.
The administration, i.e. Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, etc. all had really poor
attitudes towards the students when I attended ORU. I had occasion to call one of these
offices last year looking for one of my records and encountered the SAME NASTY
ATTITUDE. I then called my former Jr. High and two former high schools and talked to the
nicest people in the registrar's offices. They were like a breath of fresh air after the NASTY
ORU administrator I had just spoken to. It seems like some things never change and I don't
understand the reason for this attitude. Its a big reason I cannot recommend ORU to others.
I was very disappointed that ORU didn't offer any computer training for my major,
Commercial Art. Fortunately I had a job interview in Tulsa a few months before graduation,
during which the interviewer strongly recommended that I enroll in desktop publishing
courses at OSU Tech in Okmulgee (I did so immediately). I was thoroughly embarassed at
that interview and felt like I had been cheated by ORU's Art Department, but God used it for
my good. Had it not been for those classes at OSU Tech, I doubt I would have found a job in
The career center needs additional funds. The success of a university is how well the
students get jobs. 50% of it is preparing the student, 50% of it is getting the job. The career
center's budget and staff should reflect that importance.
86-91 I believe were very tough financial times for ORU and I think services and things like
that suffered. But the Spiritual atmosphere and the students and faculty were outstanding. I
hope my kids will attend ORU.
It was a most rewarding experience - if I had it to do over agaian, I would have completed my
graduate education at ORU immediately following my undergard work
ORU was wonderful and gave me a more than adequate base for my master's program
studies and my career. After attending ORU, I entered a Master of Accounting program at a
Florida state university which was supposed to be outstanding in the accounting field. In
comparison, the faculty and classes at ORU were far better than my professors and classes
at that university. I credit what I learned at ORU and its incredible faculty for enabling me to
pass the CPA exam the first time I sat for it, and for my success in my career.
ORU provided an anticeptic environment to live in while a student. The preparation for real
life skills were a little lacking. The ability to live off campus during junior and senior years
would have provided a nice transition from ORU to the working world. The cafateria has
changed so it looks like that has been addressed. There were no computer skills (pc) that
were developed in school. All this had to be learned at a later date. There were no
opportunities to do internships in the community - undergrad theology or undergrad business
(I took 38 hours in each). Real world experience would have been a benefit in competing for
jobs in corporate America.
I doubt I could have been prepared as well for what I do at any other school. Thank you.
Wouldn't trade it for the world, my son is a freshman there this year and the changes in his
life have been so positive, there is no other place like ORU!!
Excellent all-around experience
I was involved in the Partner's meetings and was used of the Lord. I had so many wonderful
spiritual experiences and met so many wonderful people. I will always appreciate the seeds
that were planted in my life. My reflections are both positive and heart-warming! My hat is off
to Richard for continuing the GREAT work his father started.
Attending ORU was one of the most positive experiences of my life.
I had an excellent experience while at ORU for four years and if I had the opportunity to go
there again I would.
I wish that I had taken more advantage of the many opportunities to get involved in service
projects, Bible studies and worhsip services.
ORU was a very good experience for me. I learned many things about myself and the world
that God made. I also learned about ministry and how to apply it in my daily life. Thanks for
being a part of my educational encouragement.
#21 doesn't apply as computer skills weren't necessary back in the Dark Ages. (ha)
There was not an environment of non-Christian beliefs or alternative lifestyles.
I miss the Titans name and mascot, and was disappointed to see Demas Shakarian Hall for
men remodeled into a women's dorm.
incredible relationships with people who have gone on to excel in a variety of areas, practical
experience in spiritual ministry, great relationships with faculty
The relationships I had with fellow students have been an asset in both my personal life and
career. When it was necessary to travel over Christmas break representing ORU I would get
de-enrolled & sometimes couldn't get the same classes, which meant an extra semester of
Concerning question 19, we were only permitted a once/semester pass to the TU Library for
research, which I used each semester for political research papers, because ORU's library
was largely full of books that were published in the 70s/very early 80s. Almost no current
literature was available to me for what I needed in very current publications on political policy
analysis and politics on a federal level in the US. I would hope that the library aquisitions are
now kept up to date for government majors and that library passes to other libraries are
readily available. Thanks!
Dean Wallace restricted the academic freedom of the students and censored the student
newspaper, Oracle. I have three bright children. I would not allow them to attend ORU due to
the academic censorship I experienced at ORU.
At the time it seemed the upper management was rather out of touch with the students' and
professors' needs, but my impression is that this has improved. Speaking as a scientist and
med school professor (on my departmental graduate admission committee) , it is
ESSENTIAL for ORU to develop significantly more research opportunites for the science
majors, which will require adequate equipment. Overall, my experience at ORU was great
mainly due to the wonderful people there--my fellow students and the professors!
It was a time of maturing and growth
My years at ORU were the best of my life!
My four years at ORU were wonderful. I received a good education, participated in
intrumurals, arts, and married my wife of 32 years.
During the time I attended, there was too much brow beating and not enough support. For
example, kicking pregnant girls out and not doing anything to the father of the baby if it
happened to be an ORU student. There were many abortions as a result of this. I feel that
my education was pretty good. Unfortunately it could have been much better if the university
was not financially strapped back then.
My success in my career and family life is directly related to my education at ORU.
ORU was not what I expected to be. I do not feel that the internal experience matched the
external image that was conveyed through the Christian television media. I believe very
strongly and definitely in the Pentecostal-Charismatic-Word of Faith-Revival perspective and
worldview--but I seemed to be an outsider much of the time when I was at ORU. There was
concern about the spiritual lives of some of the faculty while I was matriculating as a student.
The Theology and Missions Undergraduate Department was looked down upon by those
outside of the University. I think there is a huge disparity between the Board of Regents and
the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools of Theology and Missions. I think there was a
large gap between theology students and other students. I am not sure about what I should
expect from four years at ORU. I think that more could be done and there could be changes
in instruction and experience that would drastically improve the quality of student that ORU
produces. The greatest thing that I got out of ORU academically was my Biblical Language
classes and I feel I did not take enough advantage of what was offered in Hebrew and in
Like the majority of college graduates, I do not work in the field my degree is in, so I cannot
provide realistic answers to some of the questions.
In the end, ORU provided me a constant, unconscious long term foundation towards
recognizing good morals and pursuing biblical values at the right times. Each time, when
challenges have occurred, there is that moment of decision when one must make the right or
wrong decision and GOOD VALUES are the focus always, and while I have made mistakes,
the reality is that seed is within me forever, a constant reminder to always try to do the right
thing in life. Not always easy, sometimes the right thing results in what is perceived failure
but none the less.. the right thing. And in the end, ORU and Mr. Oral Roberts taught me to
attempt to use all the God given potential in my life and if you go to my website,
http://www.ricardoguzman.com you will see that damn.. I have tried hard to accomplish this
goal and been extremely successful at life -- BUT, it was due to the foundations given to me
by my parents and then reenforced by ORU.
Although I have a certain ambivalence about the spiritual philosophy of the school, I have no
such doubt about the academic training I received in my department. In graduate school at a
large secular California university, I usually met skepticism when I told people where I'd done
my undergraduate study. But I did as well as or better than my colleagues, and I give credit
to our small, humble English department for that fact. In decades of teaching, I have striven
to emulate the attitudes and philosophy of my professors and am grateful to them for their
dedication to their work.
My time at ORU had a big impact on my life that is not just limited to the education I received.
I made lifelong friends and have wonderful memories. My sixth-grade daughter is already
wanting to attend ORU when she is ready for college, and I would encourage her in this. To
me, that is the test of one's opinion of a school--if it is one you would choose for your own
Some of the things don't apply (computer technology) as we were just on the cusp of this
developing in our society. ORU was fantastic. I hope that it maintains the same strong
academic and moral standards which were present when I was a student there.
EXCELLENT the years I attended (went through twice - once in behavioral science, later for
additional internships or interfacing with alumni & the Business Community is recommended
My ORU experience was a highlight in my life. I believe in ORU and it's founding mission. My
prayer is that as the years progress,changes made, will never erode the whole reason ORU
was brought into exsistence. To go into every man/woman's world to preach the Gospel,
where His light is dim and His voice is heard small. God Bless you.
I would like to qualify Question 6...I disagreed because I felt like when I left ORU, I went into
culture shock after moving to California to pursue an MBA. However, even though ORU is
definitely its own Christian bubble (and I may not have been adequately prepared to interact
as well socially outside ORU), I think that the Christian education and lifestyle that I
experienced at ORU is invaluable, and I would not go anywhere else if I had to do it over
Chapel is the public relations department for the administration to the students. That is to
say, when there is a bad chapel, it is reflected in the students' attitude toward the university.
Too many chapels are poor at ORU. If ORU wants to grow, and be successful, the speakers
in chapel are going to actually need to teach the Bible correctly. The students know that
many chapels are not Biblical. Chapel must improve, and as long as it remains like it was in
2005, ORU will continue to have a dwindling student population.
I would go to ORU again. I still support ORU financially.
I left with a not so happy feeling from ORU and have not been able to support ORU in any
type of finances. I hope that God can resolve these issues and allow me to open up to ORU
I believe ORU helped equip me to succeed in my career and in life. More emphasis on
personal discipleship is needed.
I loved my time at ORU. There's no place like it. More than anything, one of the most
valuable aspects is the international make-up of the students and the opportunity students
have to interact with Christian students from every background and culture. What an
atmosphere for true learning!
Very closed envirnoment; it's like living in your comfort zone. University must do more to
prepare students for real world situations.
ORU is outstanding in many areas. It definitely could use a major update to its library
resources. On campus cross-cultural communication is poor and only superficially
encouraged/present. International students are often not treated with respect. International
Students Org was pretty much abandoned of its regular support. Last time I was there, the
International students organization had a system of a lot of red tape to get anything
accomplished, made students feel less welcome. I witnessed the disturbing trend of
international students struggling to seem more american to be included in dorm/campus
activities, rather than be celebrated for the background/culture/perspective that they bring
with them to the school. Diversity exists, but it not recognized in practice/celebration.
Lectures, speeches, contests, do not add up to multi-ethnic celebration. ORU's academic
standards however are excellent.
I am thankful for ORU chapels, faculty who lived by the Spirit, and a vision that is in line with
TV ministry affiliation was somewhat detrimental to my prospects after graduation. Faculty
was generally good, student life and connections with other students was excellent.
I enjoyed my time at ORU. However I feel that that My time there would have been more
benefical if we were not kept in the ORU bubble.
I am thankful daily for my ORU experience.I saw the Lord's love $ work in my life & others
then, and continue to build on that daily.
ORU is good at attracting new students but many of its departments lack the customer
service skills necessary to satisfy them. The curfew imposed by ORU was too restricted.
ORU needs to keep its dorms cleaner. When I arrived as a freshman, my mattresses were
covered with urine stains. Also, the room had an upleasant odor. I got physically ill each year
because of the filth of the dorms. Better dorms would create an enviroment more conducive
to academics. It is not a good sign that EMR is called the "ghetto" by many students.
I gave 200 % at all times...The grad nursing program was very demanding but worth it in the
end. It was a mistake to give up the goal of having a doctorate program in Nursing and then
dropping the master of nursing program. And if the "chatter" about the School using Nursing
Endowments to pay for other programs and needs is true, than this was unethical. I also
think that City of Faith would be still in operation if the promises of what it was to stand for,
ORU gave me an excellent start on a lifelong learning experience, where I went on to obtain
2 master's degrees and am now enrolled in a doctoral program. I obtained excellent
interpersonal skills and will always be thankful of a supportive institution that treats students
as whole people.
Stop fining students for not attending chapel, don't be patronising to foreign students. And for
God's sake, don't be so sanctimonius about Life! I hated staying in the dorms, and stayed
there because the University forced students to stay there, the Dean of students was a most
boorish person and had absolutely no tact. The RA system was a junior version of the
When I think of Christianity at ORU, the words "judgmental," "works-orientated," "legalistic,"
"manipulative," and "intellectually hostile" spring to mind. ORU sucks; my husband (also
class of '91 -- long live AH!) and I spent years recovering from the emotional and spiritual
damage wrought by the administration and "spiritual life" department. And, please stop
sending me “Golden Eagle” credit card solicitations. I think the Bible you twist so grievously
has something to say about the sin of usury. (A hint – it’s no where near the “proof” text Oral
used to claim that “Jesus was a rich man.”) By the way, it might help your survey if the first
question was "do you currently work in your major?" I don’t, and so nothing I learned at ORU
is applicable to my current career.
Better guidance as to what classes were needed for graduation would have saved me a year
and thousands of dollars. Great information given 30 days too late to do anything with it is
just wrong! This happened to me, to my wing chaplain, and to a guy down the hall, that I
I was so embittered by the "control" factor that seemed to trickle down from the top through
to the RAs. Having my skirt length measured in the hall, and having male RAs harrass me
because it was time for my curfew and I had to pack my books up and stop studying
downstairs in the fishbowl - while the male RA didn't have a curfew...seemed so unfair and
made me angry at the school.. It's been 10 years and I still feel anger at the school and little
desire to support it financially because of all the things like that that happened. People desire
freedom and when freedom is suppressed like that, it causes bitterness.
The best thing was the caring of the faculty and other students. The worst was the rigid
administration locked into it's narrow view and enforcing the rules -- except of course if it was
the child of a large donor.
The faculty were incredible people who were devoted to their students and their craft. They
continued to push students to do their best in spite of the fact that they had not gotten a pay
raise in a long time. They were accessible, honest, helpful, caring people who invested a lot
of extra time in their students. The faculty made the university unique and special. Continue
to invest in these kinds of people as you pursue excellence.
The ORU art department is severely underfunded. I am about to enter a doctoral program at
Florida State University in Art Education, I received my Master's of Fine Art at Univ. of Tulsa
and ORU's resources fall far below the average university's standards. I believe that there
are only 3 teachers in the ORU art department (not nearly enough give the students the
depth of perception and knowledge they need to study art) and there are not nearly enough
funds or grant opportunities for students to support a good art program. I was terribly
dissatisfied with the ORU art department. The faculty was fine, but the department as a
whole seems to be at the bottom of the ORU foodchain. I would not recommend artists to
Felt as though they didn't help me in securing employment after gradutaion. Also, was
unhappy with majority of chapel speakers. It would serve student body well to have theology
profs to model proper biblical exegesis in chapel rather than to bring in exciting names.
Biblical foundation is more important than super spiritual fluff
I tremendously enjoyed my experience at ORU I would not exchange it for anything. The
professors, department heads were all super. My Christian experience and my professional
experience were greatly affected.
Despite some of my negative comments I have heard that ORU has deteriorated since I
attended. That makes me very sad as I believe it has potential to be a good university.
The professors are ORU are truly a wonderful group of scholars. We should support their
"upgrading" needs, eg attend seminars, forster teacher exchange programs. This may help
make the courses relevant to changing times. Also, invite external speakers from the relevant
industries/sectors to share experiences and industry background with students. It would
make the students more aware of what really is happening in the field they are interested in.
I'd do it all over again if I could!
A wonderful experience - It really prepared me for my future -
I wish that I would have been forced to talk with my professors more (especially in my major).
I was pretty shy at that age, and felt kind of afraid of my teachers. However, I learned so
much the few times I did talk with my professors. And now I wish I would have talked with
them a lot more. If we could only turn back time!
Loved and respected the dress code as it was THEN!
Question #7 said, if..., this question did not apply to me so this could not be anwered.
Maybee you could have added a n/a. For answers to question to 22, I am not sure what
some of these services were. BUT I LOVED MY EXPERIENCE AT ORU.
Extra computer programming courses, a typing course and the many required courses in the
Business Management major prepared me for a career in sales and management. Having
been a Christian only one year before attending ORU, activities at and around the university
helped build a strong belief in Christian principles. Attendance at local church services,
required and elective theology courses and interaction with other students and professors
helped prepare me for life.
Don't lighten up on dress code and other requirements that made ORU different. Keep ALL
standards high not just academics
My experience at ORU was excellent. The staff in the Business Department in particular
were extremely well prepared and extremely helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed attending ORU and
hope to someday send my kids.
The course work could be turned in via email rather than "snail-mail" this could save valuable
time and money. The professors could make their comments in the same manner. There is
an outline site for classrooms called "nicenet.org" that could be utilized for discussion groups,
posting papers, etc. which would be of much help. NO opportunity to discuss questions with
professors...or other students is detrimental to learning experience. MOST FEEDBACK
FROM PROFESSORS IN THEOLOGY AND COUNSELING WAS TIMELY AND HELPFUL
for reflection and learning. THE MOST HELPFUL people are the people answering
questions, like Vicki Mofadi...she was GREAT, GREAT, GREAT. She was always calm under
fire...a real JEWEL in the system. RE ADMISSIONS: they need to get rid of the "pledge
regarding behavior...etc" that must be SIGNED before they will admit you. VERY
UNCHRISTIAN and DOGMATIC.
Based on my time there from 1977-1981, I would have a hard time recommending my alma
mater for accreditation. Here are a few experiences and observations: I contracted
pneumonia while a sophomore, and incredibly the campus physician layed on hands and
prayed for me rather than refer me to a hospital. I missed nearly a month of classes. The
religious teaching was oppressive and overshadowed everything else at the school. During
my 4 years there, the classes also grew larger and larger as more and more school
resources were funnelled to the ill-fated City of Faith Tower across 81st Street. My activities
as a Democratic voter were stifled there, to the point where Jack Wallace, then-Dean of Men,
lectured me that I should drop my support of Ted Kennedy over Jimmy Carter in the 1980
Democratic primary because Carter was a "born-again Christian" and Kennedy was a
"sinner." Is this how students are taught to think for themselves? I also believe that the
school's homophobic policies and teachings do not prepare its students for life in the real
world, and are very damaging to those brave gay students who are trapped there and taught
It exposed me to literature which opened my eyes to the fact that I was too negative in my
thought life. Through practice I broke that habit.
Great experience all around. I hope to send my children to ORU someday!
I did not enjoy a rigorous academic program. I would have been interested in a five-year
master program but it did not exist. My children visited ORU but did not consider it because
its academic standards for freshmen were low.
Great education and was well prepared for the executive world!
I enjoyed the mix with students from other countries and learning their lifestyles and cultures,
some I still keep in touch with after having left ORU all these years
It looks like ORU is headed in the right direction and taking steps to improve.
I did not come from a college-minded background, and I was able to grow and expand in my
experience of the world, in both the secular and the spiritual. It was a wonderful thing to
make friends with people of differing church backgrounds, and not be limited to and
knowledgable about just my denomination. It was a real eye-opener to realize that there were
real Christians outside of my denomination. In regard to the questions concerning whether
ORU prepared me for the professional world, and whether I left ORU with adequate skills for
my profession, many of my answers were rather neutral or negative, not due to a
shortcoming on the part or ORU, but to shortcomings on my own part. I was not a well-
prepared student with good basic academic skills and good intellect, and was often not
aware of many of the opportunities available to me, or if I was, did not see myself able to
participate in them for financial or other reasons. Many of the things in which my friends
participated, such as missions trips, student government or other extracurricular activities
were not even a possibility in my own thinking, again, because of my own limited
I had an excellent experience at ORU. I recommend it to anyone. It was great to get to pray
in class and to just be in the Christian environment. I felt very safe there. I hope my sister
goes to ORU. I would like to go back to study more science with the Christian perspective.
My years at ORU were some of the best of my life, and I have lasting friendships from those
days. God is good.
Sometimes hard to overcome ORU's negative stigma within the community while job hunting.
School spirit in regards to athletics was poor, neded to have more on-campus pep rallies and
events to keep interest in the teams. My academic adviser didn't atke any real interest in my
development and I only saw him for about 5 minutes per semester when working up my
schedule, no other career guidance or discussion of past grades and areas for improvement.
A student worker in the registrar gave me as much advisement as I got from my adviser.
The dress code needs to change to business casual. Also it was never fair that boys didn't
have a curfew. Either both boys and girls have a curfew close to the same time or both have
no curfew at all.
I am SO thankful to have graduated from ORU.
I will never forget the advocacy of my undergraduate premed advisor. I am thankful for the
the excellence of my undergraduate French professors; they enabled me to go to West
Africa to work with a missions school. I am proud to be an ORUSOM graduate. My career at
ORU gave me much that enabled me to become a successful Family Physician and business
owner; as well as wife, mother, church and community member.
I feel that ORU has conflicting ideas of what it wants to be and that undermines its mission
and administration. People who are not experts in running a university are in charge of major
operations. I have worked as a vice principal and teacher, and strongly suggest that any
student considering ORU, reconsider and go where their money and time will actually pay off.
I loved it!
My experience at ORU both as an undergrad and grad student in Theology has been an
excelllent foundation for ministry on the mission field, both academically and spiritually.
The placement office was of little help in assisting me in finding employment. To be perfectly
frank, no one told me that I would need to network or that I would need contacts to find a job
in my field (education). Remember, in 1979, we very much more sheltered thatn students in
2006. I attentded the University of Tulsa a year later (1980)to pursue my MA, and the
professors there would tell us who to contact in each school district in the Tulsa area in order
to "get a foot in the door" so we would stand a chance of getting an interview. I hope that this
has changed at ORU - if it hasn't, the professors need to educate their students regarding
the realities of finding employment.
My experience at ORU was good. If I could do it over again, I would choose ORU for my
degree. I look forward to my children attending ORU.
The faculty of the biology department were my spiritual guides as well as my academic
guides. They were instrumental in helping me get into medical school and I love them all.
Unmarried commuter students, as I was, were at a definite disadvantage in getting involved
in student life. Dorm wings adopting commuter students for intramural sports, devotions, etc.
would be a plus.
By my junior year, the only things keeping me at ORU were my few good friends and
Campus Worship. My degree is a joke--I managed to get some good networking contacts
through the government department, but that was more in spite of the school than because
of it. There are some outstanding professors there that changed my life, but many of them
need to retire, because they are simply no longer capable of teaching...if they ever were.
It is a great school. I thought it was very balanced educationally and spiritually. I work in a
secular position but can use it as my 'mission field'. Thank you ORU!
I loved it and would like to see my kids attend.
ORU did not prepare me for life in the real world. It was too out of touch with reality when I
I count myself fortunate to have attended ORU and feel I got a very good undergraduate
My Dental Education was, by far, the best in the USA. My senior year I was President of all
the dental students in the country and we were are far better equipped and trained to serve
our patients. I forever be grateful for President Oral Robert's forethought in obeying God to
have had the Dental School there. His impact through the world is still being felt fot the
Kingdom by his graduates. My daughter is a freshman at ORU this year and she plans to go
into Dental Hygiene and do missions also.
It was the best overall college experience I could have.
I loved my 4 years at ORU, and never regret my time spent there. Unfortunately I've seen a
lot of people come out of there jaded. Not sure what needs to be done to change it, but we
always had this feeling that Richard and Lindsey where putting on a show for us. We wanted
to see them be real for just once. I also think you should ban the fat pinch test. I was an RA,
and I had several of the girls on my wing develop eating disorders because they were told
they were obese... at 100 lbs! You need to help them stay fit, but you need to re-think that
system. Other than that... Go EAGLES! We'll be watching the games here in Chicago!
Excellent in some areas, faculty, most objectives; lacking in some of the basics
I loved the students and professors, but the administrative staff treated us like children at
times with too many rules and restrictions. ORU needs to teach principles and not hand out
rules. There also seemed to be too many firings just based on either power struggles or "lack
of loyalty" which was really someone just having a different opinion. I felt there was very little,
if any, customer servcie. I loved Vespers, it was the best part of ORU and changed my life.
I loved attending ORU and gained alot from the mind, body, spirit principle for students.
During my time there the customer service aspect in Student Accounts and Financial Aid was
lacking. I was treated more like a bother than a customer. One example was how frequently
my social security number was passed around, from simple forms, to cashing checks, to
using it as my student ID number. Given the rise in identity theft, this was a huge issue.
However, overall, I can say that attendig ORU was one of the best decisions I've ever made
in my life.
Good times, great education. Thanks!!!
Overall I enjoyed my experience at ORU and do not regret attending. I value the personal
attention that I received by the faculty in almost all of my core classes and hold fond
memories of several of the faculty.
Wouldn't trade it for the world!
Graduate and married students often felt outside the campus community. They were treated
as second class at times even though we paid the same in tuition costs. Campus life and
community is important to the success of a university and its student body. The spiritual life
off campus for the students lacked substance and casued many problems in our apartment
community. As a head mayor over the community I witnessed many frustrations amongst the
student body. It needed and could still use attention as we felt we could be some of ORU's
I work in social work (a very liberal bunch of professionals!). When colleagues ask me how I
feel today about my experience at ORU, I am not ashamed to say it was exactly where I
needed to be. I received an excellent education, and I took things away with me that I doubt I
could have acquired at any other university. My experience there helped shape me into the
person I am today.
When I attended ORU, the student population was incredibly diverse, yet the professors and
guest speakers (such as in chapel) were not. I did not feel ORU was keeping up with the
changing student population. Embracing the differences in the races and cultures would add
to the overall college experience.
I had a wonderful experience at ORU. I would advise anyone to consider ORU when
considering which college to attend.
I loved my time I spent at ORU. It is not a perfect school, but I grew so much in those three
years and I made lifelong friends. The only added comment would be to treat each situation
based on the person not the rules. There are people who come to ORU who are not
Christians and it is important to remember that they just don't understand and there is only a
limited time to share God's love.
I went during the years directly after President Roberts locked himself in the prayer tower.
Those were not the easiest years of the university's history. I have had an opportunity to work
with a number of ORU students in recent years and they all give glowing reports as to the
University's progress and performance.
not a very strong emphasis on sports, but an overall strong education was given- particularly
in terms of physical education
At times I felt like the atmosphere was very restrictive in that events such as pep rallies were
mandatory. I think there should be more opportunities for personal responsibility. I also
wished there had been more schoolwide events around the campus. There's not a lot to do
in Tulsa, and many weekends were bland with students just going to the movies or playing
pool. I like the idea of the movies at Zoppelt on the lawn. More things like that where we can
get to know more of the campus outside of our dorms and classes. Most students just need
some kind of escape after a week of classes.
I had a very good experience at ORU. Looking back I wish I had placed more focus on
improving my writing, communication, and research skills.
Would not trade my ORU educational experience for anything!
I felt woefully unprepared to enter the profession of health care administration. Only after I
completed my Public Health degree in health care administration did I feel I had the skill set
to work in health care administration.
great fellowship with brother, sister wings
It was a delightful time. Chapels were ordinarily quite weird. Excellent friendships, cherished
SAGA provided food services during my time at ORU. I never was left w/o a choice. My
experience at ORU has effected me from the day I arrived on campus. It provided me with an
environment in which I flourished personally, academically, spiritually, physically and socially.
I learned life lessons not found in the textbooks but from my professors. I will always value
them as role models in their dedication to their students and to ORU school. I still maintain
strong friendships with individuals that I met on my brother/sister wings. These are priceless.
Was in the first class, and a lot of your questions pertain to functions that were not present at
When I attended ORU the faculty was wonderful. The academics were very strong, and
prepared me well for my graduate studies. There was a very strong disconnect between the
administration and the student body. The administrative offices, especially the Financial Aid
and Student Accounts, were quite abusive to the students. In addition the Provost of the
University badly misteated students. The disire to control and dominate student life was
tremendously oppressive. Though I feel I was prepared for the world academically, I would
forbid my children from attending ORU for fear that they would face the same abuse that I
had to endure.
I thank GOD for ORU. It was designed to me meet my needs!
It was a great experience. Campus life was great. I think the "everyone lives in the dorm"
approach really facilitated that. Because I felt that my business courses did not prepare me
to write well or think analytically I rounded out my course work with humanities and political
science courses. I felt unprepared for the PC age but I think that was the norm in 1983.
Overall, I feel my ORU education prepared me to succeed.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at ORU and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
It's a terrific school. I would recommend it to anyone.
I was more prepared to work in my field of choice, TV, than graduates I met from other
colleges. I had more hands on experience with equipment and technology. Plus I even had
Jerry Lewis to teach a couple of times!
1) End the dictatorship guised as the theocracy that has lead to an administration full of yes
men. 2) Raise the admission standards (i.e. stop letting in the people at the end of the
summer with ACT scores of 13 and 14 just because you want to bump up the enrollment) 3)
Get rid of Charismatic Life and the Healing Ministry it has no academic purpose.
My biggest trial to overcome was the caudled high school atmosphere that I came out of
college with. I learned more than when I was in High School, but not 4 years worth of more
and beyond that after having been treated like a kid for another 4 years it took me all of the
last 4 years to truely find who I was and learn to develop me for me and my own opinions. I
don't think the babysitting that the university feels is it's responsibility does anyone there any
good. Either students press and rebel against the system to do what they want to anyway or
they do like I did and ride with the system like a puppet and get through and have to learn
more after college.
the fin aid office and registers where the worst organized departments and had unfavorable
While I do not remember specifics about certain things you asked about, I can say for certain
that ORU is a fine school. I felt that I was given a great education on the Graduate Business
level as well as provided a safe, spiritually alive environment in which to learn and grow. I am
especially grateful also for the requirements for physical education because it helped me to
see that I needed to keep my body fit, as well as my mind. I think ORU is a positive force in
this ever-changing world.
I really enjoyed my years at ORU. I still maintain close friendships with several guys who
were on our wing.
It took me 5 years to graduate because courses were not offered when I needed to take
them... normal growing pains for a young university.
I received a well-rounded education at ORU. I benefitted greatly from small class rooms and
access to my professors. Some of the required theology courses seemed bent on
indoctrination rather than teaching students to think. My experience at ORU was good and I
received a good education in my field. While I do agree with the "whole man" concept in
general, I would suggest that students be given more freedom in choosing theology electives
if a certain number are required.
ORU was a life changing experience for me. I loved my time there. I grew academically, but
more importantly I grew emotionally and spiritually. This expereince radically altered the way
I lived my life from then on. The coaching for life was outstanding. Go ORU!!!
It would have been nice to take a survey like this shortly after graduating, e.g. maybe 3 years
post graduation. I have forgotten many items which needed improvement.
The two most important things that I learned were non-acedemic ones. I came from a dis-
functional family and started to come to terms with that while at ORU for college. I also came
to understand a little better God's love for me. I also learned to question things that I heard
from the pulpit and how they measured up to the Bible. Before college, I had just accepted
everything that came from the pulpit, being raised in a very church going family. I would
choose ORU again despite the imperfections.
At the time I was a student I felt that the university administration could care less about the
student population. I vowed I would never give a dime to ORU as a consequence. After a
number of years my recollection of this experience has diminished and my value of the
uniqueness of ORU's training of students to go out into the world has greatly improved my
appreciation of ORU. As a result, I have tried to provide financial support for ORU and its
mission in training students to have a Christian worldview.
My husband and I are very sad that the Spiritual LIfe Department is not as strong as it was
when we were students and then on staff. I was the first Women's Chaplain and he was the
first Director of Ministries. We are very concerned that there is no longer a campus chaplain
nor men and women's chaplain's. We have two sons who are graduates of ORU and one
coming in the fall so we continue to support the university and believe that it is the greatest
charasmatic university in America.
I believe that as a Business Administration major, there should have been an intership or
practicum program established. This would better prepare students to handle a job in the
Develop a better website to promote school identity and communicate with the ORU
community. Also, distance the school from the ORM ministry.
I felt that the administration wasn't interested in student feedback when I attended.
I was discouraged by unequal treatment of male and female students (i.e., different curfew
My experience was not that of a normal student as I lived off campus with a wife and two
children in 4th and 7th grade
Although I am a physician now and have little to do with chemistry, the overall experience at
ORU was wonderful. I did not appreciate this at the time I was a student there. My warmest
memories and my greatest conflicts all arise from that time. Although it was a bit too religious
with people standing around praying over which can of green beans to buy, the academics
were excellent, and the atmosphere devoid of vices created an environment that permitted a
greater degree of concentration on studies than I would have achieved at a state school.
ORU 1978 was a time capsule filled with joy, searching, insecurity, and growth. I am not the
person now that I anticipated I would be in 1978, but feel the underlying essential message
of ORU permeates me even now in my latter years. Go Titans...oops Eagles. Michael L.
I've been disappointed with how ORU has treated their Alumni. An example of this would be,
last year at Homecoming, I ordered 8 basketball tickets for the game and they sat us all the
way at the top of the nose bleed section when there were clearly open spaces a lot closer to
the floor. We didn't go back this year after that situation.
I did an undergrad in '89 and then MA in '01; sent my children they finished in 2000 and
2002. ORU delivers academically and spiritually the content they promise. Rev. Joel Palser,
Ph.D. Vice President CBN
I loved my time at ORU, I didn't want to teach elementary school after I left. I really didn't feel
prepared to handle the diciplne of a class. I think they could have had better preparation for
that. I never did teach.
You had to do a lot of bouncing between departments, that was hard. The academics were
fabulous! The chapels were a bit off at times from the Bible. I felt like I as a student didn't
matter to a lot of the higher ups, but the professors where very helpful and accessible. I was
not allowed to do an internship overseas due to the dangers and felt that was inconsistent
with ORU's beliefs about ever mans world and missions. The Hebrew Dept and ICD were
good. Missions could have used more professors with different beliefs. I felt a lot of the gen
eds were kinda skate by classes rather than actual learning. I appreciated the professors
who really worked to prepare us for life outside of school such as Kanitz and HUM 203 and
204 profs. I felt I was well prepared for life outside of school and greatly appreciated my
experience at ORU.
I truly loved my experience at ORU. ORU people are the best. I hope all my children attend.
Thank you for finally catching up to the rest of the world in the area of equality of the sexes!
When I was a student, I felt like there were huge double standards for men and women, and
from what I hear, that is not so much the case now. I feel this gives ORU a more credible
position in the academic world now.
I was a modular student in the M.Div program. It was awesome, one of the best experiences
in my life. I was in school while working in my profession. I was able to use the information as
I received it. I believe this is the best format for learning.
ORU was a great experence for me. I'll recommend that my children go to ORU.
It was a great experience. I just wish my professors were not teaching so many classes that
they weren't up to date on research. I feel I had an excellent education, but they weren't able
to fully develop me as a student (through contact, mentorship, etc) or themselves with all the
work they seemed to have to do for the school.
I appreciated my education at ORU the most when I developed cancer at age 32, 12 years
after graduating. As a physician, my medical knowledge made me fearful,but my scriptural
knowledge on healing learned at ORU gave me hope and confidence that I could be healed.
Subsequently, I have been able to share that hope (along with medical knowledge)
extensively with my patients, community, and in many professional avenues.
ORU gave me the understanding spiritual to break free from bondages and therefore
prepared me for the world. I did not feel at that the educational program was great. It was out
of touch and some of the teachers at the time were old and still using text books that were
really outdated. I learned more about education from my masters at SUNYA in New York. All
that said, ORU was one of the most positive experiences in my life. We are hoping that all
four of our children go to ORU. It prepares you spiritually for life. I also understand it has
really improved educationally since we've been there.
I loved it!
I'm a law school graduate, so many of the above questions did not apply to me. Overall, the
experience at ORU was a very good one.
Some of the above questions did not apply because I am not working in the field in which I
I value my experience at ORU...I wouldn't have changed a thing!
As a student at ORU I felt that my opinion was not valued by most of the staff (not faculty). I
was often treated in a condescending manner that did not respect me as an adult. The
theological views presented in chapel often strongly contradicted each other - more care
should be taken in who is chosen to speak. I appreciate that my professors in the multi-
media department were personable and caring, and that they strove to give us a good
education, taking us to visit many different businesses in our industry.
I believe that students should be expose to more outside internship/externship experience
because I had a hard time getting job because I did not have an outside internship
experience. I also believe that student should know what is going on outside in the world's
work place because it will help them to deal with other people. I have graduated for 2 years
now and I am still having a hard time getting a job in Television production and even in the
communication field. I had to choose an option of going to graduation in other to become a
teacher because I cannot get a job in my field.
It was one of the best experiences of my life
I would like to sing the praises of the Communication Arts Department. I was thrilled with the
excellent education I received through the faculty and classes I encountered in my many
years at ORU. Ray Lewandowski, Carole Lewandowski, Laura Holland, and Agena Farmer
were fantastic teachers and mentors. If ever there was a department that needs a pat on the
back, it is the Comm. Arts Dept! Some long awaited help for Howard Auditorium would go a
long way in helping them in their goals in reaching the community through dramatics and
forensics, by the way! How about thinking about a new Lewandowski Center for
Communication Studies!?! It could be an auditorium/classroom center/scene shop for this
amazing department! Just a thought for future building projects. A Howard overhaul or total
rebuild is long overdue! ;)
They definitely need to upgrade the housing conditions.
I expected to be given an opportunity to evaluate my program of study when I finished, but I
The gracious and godly influence of Evelyn was priceless.
I loved my experience at ORU. As a HPER major I wish I would have learned more about
how to handle a classroom or gym full of students. I learned great things, but not a lot of
hands on until student teaching. Please don't lower standards there.
I loved my four years at ORU. I would return to this school if I were a student wanting to
select a college. The experience alone is something that I will always cherish.
I am the Director of Admissions for a graduate program on the east coast. I have traveled to
Christian and secular colleges all over the country, and I still feel that ORU is the BEST. I
have met a lot of ORU alumni in my personal and professional life since graduation, and
ORU grads are top shelf!
Having gone on to obtain both a masters degree and a Ph.D.(at a private university and then
a state university), I found that my education at ORU was lacking in the areas of serious
academics and research. Rather it seemed like an extension of a Christian high school. The
example of the currently enrolled students receiving the day off because the basketball team
made the NCCA tournament shows that the emphasis at ORU is not on academics,
unfortunately. In retrospect, given the opportunity, I would definitely have gone elsewhere.
I benefited from my years at ORU. The chapel services were excellent each week, and I
enjoyed Sunday night vespers services. I dicovered running through the physical fitness
activities, and still enjoy it today.
I was a married student living in grad housing. I felt left out of the average student activities
because it was so focused on the students on campus.
I believe that ORU is a good school. When I attended there were many times that the
students were treated poorly by staff members but a lot of us just sucked it up and
understood that it was just discouragement trying to creep in and make us give up. Many of
the professors were great but I did notice that the staff workers were more disgruntle than the
professors. I believed that it could have been due to the fact that many of them were not
satisfied with their jobs at the university. Now that I look back it seems that ORU is more of a
spiritual education than a mental education. Of course you attend classes to train the mind
but 24/7 you are constantly bombarded with nothing but the Word of God. So in the end,
most students who graduate realize that the main thing they have going for them is a strong
ability to hear Gods voice and the rest is second. The education you receive is more about
your walk with God than anything else. If the course work were to be brought up to the same
level as the Biblical teaching and experiences you receive while you are there then more
students would leave as more rounded individuals.
Please note: I came from a time at ORU when students were neither seen as customers or in
need of service. The administrative attitude was "shut up a be grateful we let you attend!" I
know much has changed mostly in the last 10 years but the questions in this survey relate to
my time at ORU. Would I send my children to ORU? I don't know at this point but this is an
improvement from a few years ago when I would have said, "absolutely no." One other area
that despertly needs work is current faculty salaries which are a national embarasment to
ORU and can only lead to its decline as an academic instituion as aging faculty retire.
Though I was a business major, I did not pursue a business career. I attended Southwestern
Baptist Seminary and went into the ministry. Also, I checked neutral on the computer-related
questions. Almost non-existent back then! Loved the ORU experience - just being there had
a profound impact on my life. Thanks!
I had a wonderful experience at ORU. I learned alot. I really liked the students and
I attended North Florida Community College in prior to attending ORU. Their moto was "The
student is the most important person on the campus. If it wasn't for the student there would
be no need for an institution". We were treated as adults and with respect. In my opinion that
respect was found lacking on the campus of ORU. I was frequently spoken to by faculty as if
I was an imature child who had no idea what the real world was like. This was far from the
truth and this attitude made my ORU experience stressfull and unenjoyable.
During the time I was an undergraduate and a graduate student, I noticed a distinct change
in ORU's theology. Originally we were an evangelical school emphasizing Pentecostal
distinctives. I don't mean to offend anybody but it has seemed to me that ORU's reputation
has since been damaged by its affiliation with the Faith and Prosperity teachings of people
such as Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland. Constantly begging for money and
promising some sort of divine return on your investment causes people to look at ORU with
suspicion and mistrust. In addition to that, I do not feel that the Prosperity movement is
Biblical. If you would like more detail on this, my book "Oral Exam" is available from Tate
Publishing either online or in book stores. Again, I do not mean to offend anyone by saying
this. I simply disagree with ORU's having taking this particular direction. You all have been
great to me so I do not mean to offend. Thank you
As a non-taditional student returning to complete my degree at age 48, I was outside the
area of interest of ORU administration at the time I attended. In fact I was mostly ignored
and/or dismissed when I asked for or needed - anything from ORU, especially support or
encouragement. My experience at ORU did not engender in me a dear feeling for the
university. It was also a very troublesome time financially at ORU. I NEVER heard the chapel
organ played; I never attended chapel in the chapel - only the Mabee Center. I never saw the
flames burning at either end of the LRC. I never saw anyone but students cleaning the
classrooms or emptying trash. The carpets were a bit tattered and the grounds a bit unkept. I
did what I could while I was on campus to try to improve it by picking up and cleaning. My
seat in chapel was in the top rows (near the ceiling) of the Mabee Center and most in that
area slept or did homework (We certainly could not see well from there nor were we ever
included or encouraged to participate from our lofty perches.) My seat had three empty seats
on one side of me and six on the other side of me so when asked (on occasion) to take the
ORU was and is a wonderful school. I received an outstanding education, not only because
of the quality instructors, but also because of the high quality student body that I was a part
I loved it and it was life changing!
ORU was more concerned with "RULES" that it was in preparing me for the future. Whether I
wore a tie or cut my hair short did nothing to prepare me as a K-8 principal in a school of
It was fabulous!
I truly enjoyed my experience at ORU. I believe that God used the spiritual, academic, and
social aspects of my time there to prepare for the ministry he called me into.
ORU left me totally unprepared for the real world. I had no ability to be a pastor except for
homiletics. I cannot believe how niave I was concerning how nasty and unkind people were
to me. I was shocked a how biblically illiterate parishioners were every Sunday. Nothing
prepared me for the prejudice people outside of ORU have for ORU graduates. We read
thousands of pages in theology no layperson will begin to understand but were taught
nothing about what to do when budgets went unmet and factionalism arose over who gets to
spend the money. Too many classes argued over trifles. While nothing was said about how
lonely a parsonage is to an unmarried individuals. I was left disallusioned for years over how
idealism and hopes for success were demolished so suddenly in a few short months of
I would choose ORU all over again.
ORU provided me a great education at a good price. The financial aid I received, especially
the academic scholarship was greatly appreciated. However, I would caution that the GPA
requirements for academic scholarships not be raised any higher than they already are.
Many students comes to ORU with 60, 70, or 80% tuition covered by scholarship and then
have the floor fall out from underneath them halfway through their time at ORU.
It was a great experience. I enjoyed my three years there.
It was awesome!
I loved the relationships and my experience at ORU
It was a defining time in my life (baptism in the Holy Spirit, found my wife, helped me choose
an excellent graduate program, studied abroad for a year, chose my career path, etc. Note: I
suggest you have a "does not apply" or "NA" button for many of your questions. Some did
not apply to me, or many other alumni, such as computer skills (we did not have personal
computers in the early 1970's).
One class (Signs and Wonders) seemed to have no academic basis whatsoever, it should be
banned from the curriculum. The professor teaching it was unprepared on a regular basis, he
was inconsistent with other things he'd said, and there was no foundation presented for
anything he said. It seemed to only exist for the purpose of satisfying the professor, a big-
name figure in the "charismatic" community. It should not be allowed to be taken for
academic credit, nor required for any accredited degree.
Where do I begin? I believe that you can tell a lot about a school by looking at where the
faculty got their degrees and how stringent the admissions board is. In my department, the
English department, almost all of our faculty have received at least one degree from
Oklahoma. Most have gotten their degrees in the Southwest area of the United States. It
seems to me that there is a fair amount of academic/cultural inbreeding at ORU. There is no
one with a degree from a Northeastern, Northern, or West Coast university. Also almost none
of the faculty has received their degrees from top tier English departments from around the
nation. Some of the dorms are terrible. Because the designers were intent on making the
building symbolically meaningful, they are very difficult to live in. The rooms are small, and in
EMR or CRH, the desks are placed in very inconvenient places, right next to the door. There
are few places to study. Because the school has once again adopted a full curfew, students
must study in their rooms or in small study lounges in the building. They are far from
adequate. Too many $50 fines are given out for petty things like missing chapel. Students
Although ORU is far from perfect, my years there were absolutely wonderful. I not only
learned academically, but also grew in emotionaly intelligence and spiritual maturity. Many of
the friends that I made there are my closest friends. Thank-you for everything that you do.
wished ther would have been more sound technical study in the music program--ie.computer,
sound system reinforcement,ect
I loved my experience at ORU. My son goes there now. The campus looks run down. As
alumni, we help out financially, but we would like more information when there are
oppportunities to help alumni groups in renovation projects.
Was exactly the education that I needed
Certainly, one of the most positive aspects of ORU is the faculty. They are committed to the
students academically, spiritually and personally. My internships in television news were vital
to my career success as a news reporter and anchor. The "whole man" approach is
unmatched...totally unlike any other college campus. The diciplines I learned under this
approach continue to impact my life physically and spiritually.
PLEASANT BUT NOT THE REAL WORLD
I loved my years at ORU!
The general education experience was terrific. It was the film/tv major in the mid to late 70's
that was really weak.
Too much enforcement on minor issues such as dress code. I didn't realize until after I
graduated that ORU was a bubble and did not really prepare you socially for hte real world.
Generally speaking, being at ORU has had a great and positive impact on my life, and I'd
recommend it to anyone who's looking for a higher Christian education. Great faculty. Great
president. Great balance. To improve ORU may need to get more connected to the global
revival, and relate more to other denominations to broaden it's perspective. It may also be
good to develop more balanced, pragmatic doctrines on economy.
To whom it may concern: Hello and thank you for the opportunity to comment on my
experience as an Oral Roberts University student. Because I attended ORU as a scholarship
baseball player, I was fortunate to receive an immense amount of support and
encouragement from the baseball family, which occupied the immaculate J.L. Johnson
Stadium. To this day, I appreciate the opportunity to play the remainder of my collegiate
athletic eligibility for an independent school (at that time) competing against the best
programs in the Midwest. More importantly than posting a .350 batting average my senior
season, I credit head coach Dr. Allen Barker for preparing me for a life after baseball by
persistently interfering with my chewing tobacco dependency at the time. I distinctly
remember him saying, “I don’t care if we win another game for the rest of the season, but we
have some players on this team that need to get off the chew.” Head assistant coach
Shannon Dobson was like a strict older brother to many of the players during his coaching
experience there. For this reason, I included him in the naming of my first son, Dorsey
Shannon Pearson. Pitching coach Mike Hensley was a valued friend, who hosted me and
I love ORU
Administration seriously needs to increase their openness with the university's students and
faculty. Most of the decisions they make are made very wisely, and I believe they genuinely
care about the mission and people of the university. So there is very little to "hide," and
because the goodness of their stewardship would outweigh any negative performance of the
university, the administration should no longer continuously hide information from the people
it serves and in whose hands only can ORU rise to the level it is capable of. After extensive
experience as a very active student in almost every facet of university life, and with much
knowledge of the inside, I know there are very intentional efforts to leave many things unsaid
and many capable people/departments from dealing with problems they are best able to deal
with. An associated problem is that most power and decision-making ability are kept only in
President Robert's hands, so only the things he can pay attention to are dealt with, and those
sometimes with only cursory knowledge of the subject. ORU staff and faculty, and the
students, are capable of handling much more.
I came as an adult and found most of the grad courses not structured for adult learning. I
found learning difficult. When I approached professors about different stypes of learning,
some were clueless.
In most areas of my ratings, ORU has improved from my ratings, my ratings were derived
when I was a student
Chapel was quite interesting and helpful. It would have been nice to have had more access
to President Oral Roberts & Evelyn.
ORU was a great experience.
Great experience! Great friends made! Wouldn't trade it for another college. The only
improvements needed are in the residence halls.
Very well-rounded, positive experience. Terrific faculty and staff available to students. Great
spiritual life emphasis.
ORU was one of the most tremendous blessings in my life. My experience there was truly life
changing. My only complaint it that the validation process at the beginning of each semester
is very difficult. I am earning a second degree at another school and am shocked at how
easy the registration process is at my present university as compared to ORU. There must
be a better way!
some of your questions don't pertain to us old-timers...what was a computer in 1970? I
especially benefited from the opportunity to make up "self-study" courses/syllabi-- that was a
key for getting the most out of my major. I hope students today can still do that.
I obtained an absolutely outstanding education at met some marvelous people doing it. The
faculty truly cared for the students.
I enjoyed my experience at ORU. I would suggest that at everyone is required to do one of
the following: help in the community, go on a mission's trip, any interaction with people that
are not "Christian". This will help the students relate when dealing with others in the real
ORU's philosophy on educating the whole man is a unique approach to training and
exercising the body, mind, and soul. Very few academic institutions encourage every student
to be attentive to all three elements of who we are, especially spiritually. This "whole man"
education was what attracted me to ORU, and it still provides me with an advantage in my
career and personal life.
I loved my ORU experience and miss it sometimes
Overall, my ORU experience was very good. I wish there were classes that dealt with
developing leadership skills.Also I would encourage current students to develop a better job
history while at school since employers are not only looking at education but also work
more opportunities for growth off campus, international mission opportunities and
international study. Nursing majors were very limited in any additional studies or areas for
The experience was great , but also important to be able to hear speakers in our courses ,
peolpe with other way of thinking , meaning political and from other religions.
It was a very good experience I had at ORU, especially the education of the whole
man.Spiritually, physically and intellectually
It was great...I'm not working in my field...but have been able to use many of the skills I've
learned to move forward in the business world. I wish I had taken more Bible classes.
Students helpers who are put in a positions in key areas such as Student Accounts, Financial
Aid, and Registrar is a mistake,(at least when I was there). The students had no clue as to
what or how they were supposed to accomplish the jobs. So things became very fouled and
detrimental on the student who was seeking the assistance to begin with.
Need to upgrade your academic rigor and the quality of the students.
I pursued a degree & career that I got out of 5 years after graduating. The great thing about
ORU is that there I learned character & integrity (chapels, peers, Chaplain & RA programs)--
qualities I carried past a degree plan.
The best years of my growing-up life were spent at ORU. The best friends I have in the
world, including my wife, were discovered during my years there. I would not trade them for
years at any other educational institution.
Since my graduation, I never had what would be considered a professional position.I think
this is partly due to the poor career counseling at ORU at the time. Nevertheless, God knew
what He had in store for me; for the past 18 years I have been a "career" home-educator. My
broad ORU educational experience has helped a lot with that. And now that we have had
three of our children in various levels of education at ORU, it appears that I was able to
prepare them well in our homeschool. But, as you read through my responses to this survey,
you should bear in mind that job related questions generally do not apply to my situation.
I wasn't very prepared for a career. I wasn't taught how to find a job (I was trained in
interviewing and resume writing, but not at all on how to find job openings to apply for)
I think the Business Dept should have more internships available to ALL business students
that directly deal with their major. It wouldn't be bad if it was a requirement for at least one
semester. This would build up the school's relationships with outside employees and make
our students/alumni more employable. Other departments give practicums, but we only went
over book scenarios and I've found these do not compare to the "real world." It's hard getting
a job with little to no experience and with so many people getting their Bachelor's now,
employers are looking for more than just book knowledge! I also know for a fact that the Grad
Business dept isn't set up that much differently and it's time for a change. Honestly, this was
a major disappointment to me. Other things that ORU could work on inlcude the relationship
between the University and Alumni. It would be great to find a way to keep them informed
and follow up on what they are doing, instead of only asking for money. Lastly, the
communter students are kept in the dark about upcoming events. A better communication
system needs to get established with them. The current set up makes students feel
During my freshman year, Richard Roberts remarried after having been divorced. This
caused a HUGE blow to the student body and many students left, creating a very significant
increase in tuition and room and board. Due to the financial strain at that time, classes were
limited and the dorms and other facilities fell behind in their upkeep. During my sophomore
year, chapel got better - some topics were specifically addressed that really needed to be
stressed. It became more practical. Also, as far as understanding my direction in life, I did not
know what I wanted to do or how to get there, and would have benefitted from some one on
one help from someone other than my academic/department advisor. Having an outside
person (outside of a specific discipline) would greatly benefit students who are undecided.
The other students I met at ORU were a highlight of my years there, and even today we still
keep up with each other. Professors and staff took such a personal interest in us as students
(and from what I currently hear, they still do that!). They are to be commended for this as
students enjoy feeling they have a relationship with their professors and can talk with them
about academics or personal matters. Many students, including myself, did not like having to
take certain general ed. classes (i.e., Old testament, New Testament, humanities, etc.). I
believe that the professors who teach these and other general ed. classes must attempt to
make these classes as enjoyable and interesting as possible---to not be stuck teaching the
same old way it's always been done. Make learning their subject exciting! Counseling/career
services was a weak area during my time at ORU. In looking back, I would have wished for
better counseling in selecting a major as this is such an important decision. Overall, attending
ORU made a huge positive impact on my life. I believe ORU is much, much stronger
academically today than it was in the early 70s, but I still believe I got a very good overall
Great teachers, excellent friends and lots of opportunities for sppiritual and cultural growth
were very important parts of my learning experience.
One of the best experiences I've ever had in my life and I would recommend it to anyone.
The balance of education, spiritual and physical issues is more relevant today than ever in
Question 21 - At that time, computers were the size of your office!!
ORU provided a more practical worldview than any of the other universities or colleges I
attended. The administration must stay focused on the goal of the university and not get side-
tracked with other projects (e.g. TV shows). I look forward to the day when the nepotism of
the university is finally excised. I always thought it was a burden keeping the university from
reaching its full potential. Lastly, the university should consider changing its name. Although I
have a great respect for Oral Roberts and his accomplishments for the Lord, naming the
university after himself was a very arrogant move. Hopefully, one day the university will be
renamed to reflect more of God's glory versus man's.
i would poll the students on speakers they would want to see come to chapel. if they are
hearing from people they feel relevent I believe it will translate to results across the board.
chapel time was usually the most dreaded because it was usually speakers that our moms
and dads would enjoy. when the average age of your audience is in the low 20's your
speakers age should be lower as well. just my opinion.
I do know that ORU is trying very hard to stay progressive while maintaining structure and
commitment to uphold their core values and beliefs. I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at ORU
and would still choose ORU for my undergraduate degree if I had it to do over again. People
who attend ORU not only acquire an academic education, but leave with specific purpose
with which to live their lives.
overpriced considering the "outside" perspective of the University. Most who are aware of the
University do not have a positive perspective. They only remember Oral Roberts and his
fundraising techniques. They only know about the ongoing financial problems of the
I believe that when a student reaches his or her senior year, they should be REQUIRED to
take a career planning course to practically prepare them for how to write an effective
resume, how handle the interview process, and how to perform other necessary actions to
land a paid position in their major upon graduation.
It was an experience I will never forget. The university is academically sound and the whole
person experience is something that I will always cherish. I intend to send my girls there
when they come of age. Thank you so much. ORU changed my life.
I was in the 2nd graduating class of nurses at ORU. As a result we were guinea pigs! Our
technical/clinical skills were VERY LACKING and have been a sore spot for me during my 28
years of nursing experience. I still feel (due to my contact with ORU nursing students at St.
John Hospital) that this is a weakness in the program. I graduated with valuable research and
management skills, but inferior clinical skills. To this day the nurses from Junior College
nursing programs are far superior to ORU nurses in this area. This is a poor reflection on the
program to Tulsa Hospital Administrators, and truly gives the program a bad reputation.
Many, many students left very frustrated with ORU due to the Admissions, Registrar,
Financial Aid, Student Accounts mess. Fortunately for myself, my parents paid for my
undergraduate studies, so I was fairly immune from that. However, this was the #1 frustration
for most students I knew, even more then the rules.
I remain concerned about weakened academic acceptance standards following my first
It was awesome!
I always felt like Security did a horrible job of treating students with any form of respect or
friendliness. If current ORU students were treated as future alumni rather than current
students, I think you would find your alumni activity and giving would increase exponentially.
You can't treat students crappy and expect them to graduate and give a lot of money. That
vision needs to extend from faculty to security, etc.
ORU is the greatest institution in the world. I am working on a MA is Multicategorical Special
Education at a secular campus in Illinois and there is a vast difference of ethics and integrity
at a secular university; I am proud to be a alum of ORU
Great for developing me academically, socially, physically and spiritually.
This survey is poorly written. Questions 7, 8, 15, 16, 17 and 21 should have had a "not
applicable" choice. Most of these were N/A for me, but I was forced to choose a number.
This will skew your results.
Unless you were living on campus, graduate students did not participate with many events or
did not know what the activities were on campus. There showed be some way to bridge the
camp and get to know students outside of one's major.
The offices (registrar, financial aid) kept moving and were often difficult to find.
I had a great experience at ORU.
I have been more successful than I could have ever imagined. ORU gave me the tools and
confidence to make an enormous impact in the business world.
My life was radically transformed at ORU. The care and concern from the Dean of Men's
staff created change in me. I am a different man because of ORU. The faculty genuinely
cared about the students and desired for us to grow emotionally and spiritually, not just
The high quality of professors and fellow students allowed me to establish strong, beneficial
relationships that still exist today.
It was a long time ago, but customer service was not the focus. Hope it has changed since
I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Coming from a somewhat sheltered childhood, I
benefitted almost as much from the social aspects of life in the dorms as from the academics.
ORU provided me with the best 4 years of my life and has made me the person I am today. If
I could I would go back to those 4 years again in a heartbeat.
I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to attend ORU. I would not have done it differently.
Both academically and spiritually it has been a highlight in my life.
It seems to me the qualities that produced ORU graduates of a high caliber have been
removed: dress code, 3 mile field test, double cuts for skipping before holidays/breaks.
These were the things that made ORU a challenging place to grow and learn and contributed
to who I am today, a graduate full of character and responsibility. If you want more students
to come to ORU and thus reduce the debt, you'll have to look beyond changing the "surface"
things of ORU...a deeper change needs to happen. And tuition hikes probably aren't the
answer to getting out of debt. You need a better economic advisor.
ORU was one of my greatest life experiences.
The English department is wonderful! I dearly appreciated courses particularly offered by Dr.
Linda Gray, Dr. Bill Epperson, Dr. Kay Meyers, and Dr. Mark Hall. These people pushed me
to achieve more than I would have thought possible. I highly recommend that you consider
broadening your masters program offerings to encompass some of the liberal arts
I am very grateful for the opportunity to go to O.R.U. I feel that I grew in every area of my life.
I made many friends their that I still stay in contact with. I met my wife at O.R.U. and got
married in Christ Chapel on the O.R.U. campus. I have kept in contact with one of my
professors, Dr. Kenneth Mayton. He has been a great encouragement to me. I hope that one
day, my children will want to go to O.R.U.
I hope my children attend the college. Education of the whole man/woman is so key in
today's world that just focuses on the mind and body and neglects the spirit side of our being.
Chapel time was the most influential part of my experience at ORU. It was like the peanut
butter and jelly of my sandwich!
Great personal experience
Due to my ORU experience the first year of my graduate program was mostly a review.
I hope the sexist, classist, superficial exterior concerns for the students has changed and is
not longer treating people like they are an ad campaingn for ORU. Dress codes and curfew
for women and not the men was ridiculous. Judging people for divorce and then having a
president that is divorced is double standards. Begging for money and cheating widows out
of their money and manipulating them is criminal.
ORU provided me with an excellent education and a good foundation for life. I was better
prepared to graduate school research and writing than the majority of my non-ORU peers.
Above all this was accomplished in an "overtly Christian" environment....great stuff.
A wonderful balanced educational experience. Some of the best years of my life. Thank you.
I wouldn't have traded it for anything else. Thank you.
I think that not enough emphasis is placed on preparing students to succeed in their field due
to the fact that the career development center is mediocre at best, quality internships are
very few -- if any at all is provided or given access to; the school does not attract globally
competitive companies and though I enjoyed my time at ORU -- I will honestly say I paid
$50,000 for a spiritual experience -- because I was not adequately prepared to succeed in
the competitive job market. I do not blame the school entirely -- knowing what I know now -- I
would have been more proactive in preparing myself -- but I didn't know what to expect once
I graduated or that a certain amount of experience, a port folio of my writing or things like that
was very pertinent and relevant to my success. I think ORU focuses too much on the
Spiritual education -- and it's rightly called a bubble -- because once you enter the real world -
- that bubble is popped by the reality that there are IVY league students and public school
students who are better prepared and one needs to be able to compete, not with a piece of
paper but with relevant course work, research, practical projects, internships throughout your
A great experiecnce to always remember, thank you Cletus Hull
The years I was there were exciting ones of growth. I'm glad to see that the institution has
been able to mature as an organization and make reasonable changes with the times without
compromising the core values of the university.
I learned to appreciate the dress-code, and am saddened to see it relaxed or dismissed
altogether. I think it helps build the character that ORU is striving to build.
The academics were fine, but there should be more counseling to determine your strengths
and the areas in which you would be fulfilled in a career. Most of my friends who graduated
from there are not working in the field in which they received a degree.
Faculty were outstanding -- student focused, accessible, with a keen sense of the
University's mission balanced with classic academic focus. Personal, easy access to full
professors was a distinctive, based on discussions with students at other schools and
subsequent experience at grad school elsewhere. ALSO the cutting edge educational
techniques (dial access system, lecture/lab approach to many classes) enhanced self-paced
learning opportunities. FINALLY, emphasis on campus housing was a REAL plus, in terms of
maximizing the emphasis on ORU's unique, whole-man approach to education.
chapels were always outstanding and refreshing. in retrospect, I would have done the Ph.D
rather than the D.Min. The D.Min. has not been widely received in the academic community.
ORU prepared my for my life in many ways. I was prepared to go to work and to live a great
life! The required courses, even physical education, were great; the dress code prepared me
for my professional life as well. ORU was a wonderful place to learn and receive an excellent
I think ORU can do a better job at linking Student activities and the Alumni Foundation.
I was fortunate to study with Dr. Sherry Corbett in the Sociology Department. She
encouraged debate and challenged us to look at different ideas and cultures. I am sure that
this contributed to my passion for dialogue education to this day.
I worked for 5 years programming for SHL Systemhouse, and teaching, then obtained my
MBA and LLB at the University of Alberta, and am presently practicing law in Edmonton.
My accounting classes prepared me as well or better than most of my peers from other
schools. Also, the extra-curricular activities were very beneficial. One of the best was the
missions program, which allows students to gain multi-cultural awareness and to have a
sense of community responsibility. In addition, the RA and Chaplain programs promote
personal responsibility, time management, leadership training, and character development. I
would like to see improvements in streamlining work through administration. For example, I
was a student organization president and had to obtain 6 signatures to get a room
requisitioned for a meeting. It seems that the university should hire competent people and
empower them to make decisions about items like this that are purely administrative in
nature. If their performance is not adequate, it would be evaluated through performance
reviews. This could clear up time for vice-presidents, etc., to perform the more critical
functions of directing the future of the university.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at ORU. I feel it has equipped me to go into my world
and make a difference. Thank you for your dedication to your mission. Keep up the good
It was a fabulous place to attend college with a mission all Christians should follow.
The best part of my ORU experience was the faculty--they were the best!
ir was a wonderful time in my life.
ORU changed my life. I will forever be out here in ministry and business pointing young
people to check out ORU.
The faculty were amazing. Due to money constraints, the university just wasn't able to add
library resources, top-leve student activities, improvements to student services of all kinds.
The culture and level of learning though were awesome. Over the past 5 - 6 years, the
student body has taken a lot of initiative in student activities, athletics, and reaching out to
It was an amazing time in my life and was such a growth experience in more than just
academics. I really feel blessed that I was able to attend and would do it all again if I could
I was happy with my experience at ORU, but it could have been improved with newer
technology, and more student/faculty interactions.
ORU instructors made us feel very important. They gave me the confidence and skill that I
needed to work with clients effectively.
ORU was an excellent university to attend. I'm very thankful to the Lord that it was His will for
me to graduate from there. I have a firm foundation to build upon because of the lessons
learned from ORU.
While I was there, OUR was an administrative nightmare. It wasn't until I went to law school
that I realized how simple financial aid, housing, admission, et al could be. However, it also
wasn't until I went to law school that I realized what an excellent education I received from
I had a great ORU experience. If I did not live so far away I would love to send my children
Student Summer Missions was life-changing opportunity for me.
Very positive, enjoyable, and beneficial.
It was an awesome experience. I look back at ORU now as a place where I learned everyday
knowledge instead of book knowledge. Most of that information I learned in the books is no
longer utilized but what I learned in dealing with people and problems is something I continue
to use every day.
It was the best 4 years of my life and I can't wait for my children to attend in another 10 years.
Loved ORU. The environment and atmosphere were positive and uplifting. I miss the campus
and the staff/faculty. Great school! cr
My experience was excellent. I was well trained and well prepared to enter my residency. I
wish the med school was still there - medicine needs more physicians like ORU turned out!
Absolutely the best University experience around--my son graduated from ORU in Grad
Theology and I currently have two grandsons at ORU--one is a graduating senior in BS
theology and the other is a BS sophomore in business. Can't find a better school.
After graduating from ORU 33 years ago, I still believe that this university was and still is the
best. I am proud to say that I am an ORU graduate!
ORU was a wonderful college and I would definately choose to go there again if I were to do
it all over again.
At the time I attended ORU, leadership was distracted with other strategic objectives and it
seemed to me that the academic mission suffered considerably as a result. I hope the focus
is now on the university.
It was a great time for me because the school was and is still awesome and the people you
meet and work with are solid. I love the school and everything it stands for and would love to
go back and work there again.
I was concerned that the library was not all it could be having outdated resources. I
understand it has been vastly improved.
Get drug users, homosexuals and party-ers under control!
I felt somewhat unprepared to research job opportunities out of state.
RAs and student chaplains should be trained in conflict resolution/mediation so that when
conflicts arise on their wings they know how to handle them and are able to help students
resolve them instead of leaving students feeling wronged.
In my years, 1975-1979, I had to be a part of a class action law suit to actually be able to
graduate due to the repressive and outdated policy of "looks" and weight rather than actual
My practicum could have been an excellent preparation for my first job IF I had been allowed
to DO the work in stead of observing the professionals. Overseas studies need to be more
thoroughly examined. My practicum in Belize was supposed to have an MSW available, but
no one with any social work degree was there. Again, this WOULD have been excellent if a
qualified supervisor would have been available to give direction.
My four years at ORU stretched me in all areas, spirit, mind and body. I am so grateful to
have had the opportunity to attend ORU. ORU graduates have proven to be outstanding
employees and citizens.
That I enjoyed attending ORU and would highly recommend the University to others as well.
I loved going to chapel.
I learned much from my professors and I met some really awesome people who will be
friends for life and beyond :)I did find some overt and underlying messages to be stressful -
stressful in the sense I thought something must be wrong with me. Messages like - if you
have a need in your life ask God and He will provide - but if I didn't get what I needed then I
must not have enough faith, or I was sinning, and the like. I didn't get that message so much
in the classroom but more in chapel and ORU TV. I have now found and have balanced the
theology of faith and abundance with the theology of God's soveriety and of suffering. I now
understand both happens in the life of a Christian and that is normal. I didn't understand this
during my grad. years. I know praying something into my life is not following a formula but
rather knowing my Father so well that I know what He wants and I line my will with His - when
I do no prayer will go unanswered. However, if I just want something - it may or may not get
answered. Utimately, God knows if what I am asking for is a piece of"bread" or a "stone" not
me. Hence, my only feedback is that the theology of God's soviety and suffering be taught in
I had a great time at ORU and don't regret my time there at all.
ORU was a wonderful place to learn and grow. I would not trade that experience.
As you grow older you appreciate what you did get in college. I loved it but even looking
back, ORU didn't do well at relating to the students as real people. We were in many ways
treated like children living at home. As a parent now, I like some of the curfew and even
dress code but ORU is still stricter than my parents were when I lived at home. ORU needs
to relate to the students as more mature and let them suffer their own consenquenses
whether it be on not taking harder classes or not living in the dorms.
Financial Aid/Student Accounts seemed poorly managaed, disorganized and simply unable
to handle the volume of need and attention to details. I felt the pain of this first-hand after
being kicked out of the dorm one spring semester b/c my student loans weren't processed
correctly (somebody didn't do their job). This was pretty tramatic and eventually resolved but
left a bad taste in my mouth (this dept only).
Glad to see this kind of survey from ORU. Thanks for asking.
I really feel that my academic experience at ORU was not of the highest caliber. There is a
great deficit of resource in all of the art departments at ORU. It is unacceptable that the
music department does not even have a decent hall to perform in. I am currently pursuing my
Master's degree at one of the most prestigious conservatories in the world, and I felt very
inadecuate when I first began my degree because ORU's music department did not provide
me with the experiences I needed to succeed in the opera field. I think that academics in
ORU should be emphasized as much as spirituality. My experience at ORU was spiritually
enriching, but not very academic.
It is particularly disturbing to see the hybocrit Richard Roberts running things at ORU and at
the ministry. Those of us at ORU from 1966-1971 know the drunkard and wife beater he is.
May God have mercy on Oral and the Regence for since poor stewardship.
I love ORU
I loved ORU and felt like it changed my life forever. It was not only the education I got but it
was mainly the people I met there that really changed my life. At the time I was attending
ORU the government department was in a bit of a chaotic state but I'm sure they've gotten
past all the transitions that it was going through when I was there. I loved my professors and
they made it all worth while.
I graduated from ORU with a BA in Social Work and upon entering the job market I felt very
well prepared and was very successful. Later I recieved an MDiv. degree and went into the
ministry. From the beginning I felt very well prepared and have had a successful ministry.
After pastoring 26 years, I still feel that my ORU experience was excellent and gave me a
strong foundation for my life and my career.
I FULLY ENDORSE THE LEARNING EXPERINCE THAT ORU HAS TO OFFER!
Too long ago to remember
Most of your questions did not apply to me as I was never an on-campus, undergraduate
treat the students like adults and paying customers! the regressive theology regarding the
impending doom of planet earth must be put to an end. expect more from the students
because the outside world most certainly will.
In the field of Communication Arts, especially television, the professors were great, however,
there was little emphasis on the "real" world. Many of my fellow graduates didn't acquire jobs
in their field of study because they didn't know the basics. The majority of graduates might
have functions in higher levels of the field, however, even with a degree this field starts at the
I was disappointed they lost their vision for graduate study and gave away the law school and
other graduate schools.
It was a great experience that had some quirks. Some of the requirements were outdated for
More upper level computer courses in design for advertising were sorely needed (In Design,
Quark, Photoshop etc.) in my field. That was my only gap when graduating.
overall 7/10; The Business Department(s) in particular, both Undergrad and Grad, are
fantastic in their attention to detail and business world preparation.
4 of the greatest years of my life!! I hope that each of my 5 children will graduate from ORU
Too strict, and not considerate to foreign students and their traditions. I wish every student
was viewed as an individual other than being forced to commit to "one line of
(American)student body" Spoken by a Norwegian
It was a wonderful place to go! I hope that my children will also have that same opportunity to
come when the Lord leads them there!
In the years since I've graduated from ORU I have had many opportunities to observe other
academic settings--especially in the field of music. I truly believe that I was given the finest
music education I could have received. The spriritual nature of ORU enhanced every area of
my academic study and had a major influence on who I am today. I would recommend ORU
without reservation to anyone.
Student support of the men's basketball teams remains my most signifigant memory. I played
in the jazz band that played at timeouts and halftimes. It was great fun and built student
Thanks for asking for feedback. Overall, I am very satisfied with my experience at ORU. I am
pleased to hear that the regulations regarding dress code have been relaxed. It think it
important that ORU be a place that students want to attend. ORU should "keep up with the
times" but still remain distinct in its Christian basis.
Note that I was an elementary education major. I'm surprised you didn't ask if we still work in
the field of our major. I'm in education still, but a completely different field.
I truly feel that my education and experience at ORU has benefited by life in many ways and
will continue to do so.
It was an experience of a lifetime. I'm very proud to be an ORU grad. Even though I'm not as
evangelical as I was back then, ORU provided me with a solid education, and taught me to
be a whole man, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
It was almost 30 years ago, when I graduated, we didnt have any PC and limited computer
access, the DAIRS system was state of the art video distribution education system and
helped me and other students become familiar with technology
I had a wonderful experience at ORU. By far, what shines the most is the tremendous
expertise and genuine care of the faculty. Also of exceptional note are the Summer Missions
Department and the Academic Peer Advisor program. My only recommendation is for the
university to facilitate transportation for off-campus educational opportunities for those
students who don't have their own vehicles.
A great place to fall in love with God all over again. The classes with Richard and Lindsay
were the best!
I believe too much emphasis was put on making it to the "big time" and not enough on finding
that quiet place before God. Everything geared toward the external impact rather than actual
internal growth and delopment. An example might be during the Keith Green crusade in the
late 70's when students were convicted to confess their sins one evening. In the middle of
these confessions, there was a message given by the ORU leaders that this needed to stop
because of the genuine and intimate nature of the student confessions. The impression I got
was that it was OK for students to continue to live in the bondage of sin as long as that sin
remained private. But if that sin became public, like what was happening that evening with
Keith Green, then it was better for those student to remained trapped in their sins than for the
University's reputation to become tarnished in the public eye. To this day it grieves me that
ORU would be more concerned with making a big splash publically than with helping its
students confess their sins and achieve that quiet spot in the presence of God.
It was a good solid education...I think where it lacked was that the students should be
focused on a vision....or a goal....or better a job! It does not good to major in Old Testament if
there is no plan to get a M. Div....or if you don't have a church that you will get a job
in...unless you are coming back to school for general knowledge...in other words, we are
taught what to do when God answers prayer...but we also needed to be taught what to do
when he does not!
The University is STILL stuck thinking that they are a 4-yr, on-campus learning institution for
teenagers. Their rules, guests and policies have to gain a broader respect for ADULT
learners (undergrad as well as grad), OFF-CAMPUS students (with the same level of
communication that the on campus students get) and GRADUATE students who may be
those who did an undergrad at ORU and stayed, or those who have come to ORU from
elsewhere and are only here for 2-3 years. I was increasingly distressed at having to go to
chapel twice a week where we were treated like (and talked to) like teenagers (the music, the
loud praying, the guests)... and hearing the Regents and others keep saying "during your 4
years here...". I was also upset that undergrad dorm chaplains were given all kinds of
ministry opportunities while undergrad theology students and GRAD Theology/Seminary
students were ignored or worse, scorned as though some students were spiritual and others
were intellectual. There was no spiritual chaplain for the adults or grad students to go to. I
also think that Greek classes should be later in the day, not at 8am. Class time after chapel
Since I went into the legal profession, most of my responses above are not relevant to my
current field. I received a J.D. in law as well as an LLM. from different institutions (and those
degrees are the ones that prepared me to practice law). I would say the biggest problem I
had at ORU was my pre-law advisor, Mr. Van Ness, who had little knowledge about the legal
profession or law schools for that matter. His advice was largely incorrect (e.g. regarding
where to attend law school) and could have harmed my legal career (had I not performed
well at law school). Since he is no longer with ORU, my complaints are not
significant...unless the current pre-law advisor is equally misinformed. Perhapse ORU could
pair up students that are interested in law with ORU graduates that are lawyers - I would
have certainly benefited from the interaction.
It's a wonderful place. I met my wife there. All my children are attending there. Please give
me a discount.
Istill hold on to the vision of going into every man's world and dreaming big. My prayer tower
student work sttudy job benefits me in my profession.
I´m not sure how housing is at this present time. However, when I was a student living in
Braxton Hall in 2001-2002 the halls and bedroons in this building had an odor problem,
smelling like mildew and sewage. The last time i visited the campus, in 2005, unfortunately,
the building had the same smell. I do hope that this dorm will get the attention that is past
'Also wish there had been more emphasis on serious research using statistics and data
analysis; more emphasis on presenting and publishing in one's professional field of study.
The community outreach programs offered, it utilized, look great on a resume. Also
(surprisingly because I'm out here in California), being an ORU graduate has enhanced my
relationship with my clients as many of them (more than expected) know of the school and
what it stands for. I was not expecting that due to its plains state location.
I am now have a Master degree, half of another Master degree, and am completing the final
course of a Ph.D. program. I have attended, since ORU, four other institutions of higher
education. I find ORU to be, in comparison, of superb quality. The core curriculum; the
emphasis on oral and written communication; the required physical fitness program; the
spiritual program; the higher dress standards; the standards of student life; the quality of the
campus and facilities; the faculty interest and involvement; on and on . . . all are excellent
features that made the whole experience of a very high order. I am proud to be an ORU
graduate, glad I went there, support it every month, and will consider it for my children.
Overall it was good. Administration tended to be perceived as treating the student body like
children. Customer service was Administration centered rather than student centered.
incredible teachers and staff
I had a wonderful time
ORU had made steps in the right direction and is a high quality institution that provides a
safe learning culture.
ORU IS OK TO TRANSFORM LIVES FOR GOOD
I always tell people what an amazing experience I had at ORU. I hope one day my children
will have the same opportunity to get an education at a place that will change their lives
I enjoyed mt time at ORU... I would recommend the university to anyone... I think the non-
acedemic aspect was a bigger thing for me... chapel, being away from home, friendships etc..
I am currently a graduate student at another university. Though I value my time at ORU I
believe that ORU needs to realize that their students are their customers and they should
treat them like they are working towards a product, not like the students should feel fortunate
to be there. All of the services for students should work on customer service, and function as
if they'd actually like to keep their students and help them politely. That is one area my
current university definately understands.
I rate my overall experience at ORU as excellent. The goal to develop students spiritually,
academically and physically was revolutionary when I attended ORU in the early to mid
ORU provided skills in writing and oral communications that led to a foundation for success
in graduate school and working in business. The faculty was very concerned about my
learning and the class room experience was outstanding.As a Christian University it
challenged my faith, values, and helped define who I am today. It provided a safe
environment to explore ideas and question concepts.
I wish I could do it over again! I feel I wasted so many opportunities. I was very young when I
attended ORU and did not have a strong mentor.
I did not appreciate what an excellent education I received until I started graduate school in a
state university. My expertise and level of understanding about nursing and my worldview
was superior to the other studenst in my classes.
I am glad they have relaxed the dress code! Also, although I was a commuter student, it
bothered me to hear that the curfews for the resident males and females were not the
same...I think that has changed--if so, I'm glad of that as well.
ORU was a life changing experience. I learned from the professors how to foster an
atomosphere of caring and high expectations. I met wonderful people (including my wife) and
forged lifelong friendships. I matured as a Christian and was prepared for my career.
Don't misunderstand, my time at ORU, I would never trade, but more could have been done
by them and by me. But it is a new day, a different time and hopefully ORU will have the
resources needed to improve so that when I send my daughter or son, they'll be even better
prepared in mind, body, soul and spirit. Some might find the things I nominated to be taught
as required general ed futile, but remember not all of us have parents or a background where
we may know or been around that. Most people have a computer now but don't know how to
use the software like Microsoft office, etc. or how to research. And the business courses for
all majors would be truly important especially on helping those of us to truly understand how
to respect money, do right by it and the consequences when you go into debt-because it can
happen while your young-even still in college. As electives, I don't know-no one may take
them serious. A class showing you how a mock salary goes would have help me
tremendously-such as a person makes $800.00 a month their first job out of school with no
parental assitance. There is rent, tithe and student loans to pay back with that before food,
Some of the worse years of my life! The only thing that made my life there bareable was my
friendships with other students. We would joke and call it a concentration camp. During the
winter the dorms were cold and the food would sometimes be unedible. Some people would
ask why didn't I just leave. Because I was not going to let this school make me give up just
because things were hard. I know God's grace got me through and I give Him full credit.
Even now I know this survey will somehow and somewhere get lost. I don't care if you really
don't what the truth. You want lies and deceits so that this insitution of so called higher
learning, with a little bit of God thrown into existence can last forever. I say that ORU will not
last forever. As long as it continues to treat its student body with indifference the tides of
change will eventually come. Time will tell if ORU is really a place of God. Because God is
I had difficulty integrating the spiritual with the academic at ORU. This may have been my
fault. To my perception ORU students seemed to separate the spiritual from the academic
and not really integrate the two ie this is spiritual, this is academic/business/career. I found
this difficult. I found general ed subjects frustrating - not beneficial because not in depth
enough and took time away from major areas of study.
an opprtunity to study abroad for a semester would have been a great opportunity
It was a life-enriching experience!
In general, I had an excellent experience at ORU. This experience prepared me spiritually for
future study in a secular university abroad. The English Dept. was particularly good! The Art
Dept., with which I was also involved (I double majored) was good, but less well-organised
back then. Overall, ORU offers a solid foundational education experience for a student taking
a first degree.
I think the only thing that would have made my experience better was knowing the
importance of meeting with your advisor and the advisor having adequate knowledge of
courses and the order you should take them.
I believe ORU students should be more prepared for what they will find in the world. Not
everyone, as matter of fact a few people around the world have the same point o view as
ORU students specially regarding religion. The students who will go in the business world as
I did will find a large variety of people to deal with. Many times the student might not
understand why someone does something but he just needs to respect it. I met some
students at ORU back in my time whom I disagree or sometimes just could not understand. I
respected that however many students did not. I believe the students should be more
prepared for what they will find in the world. I hope that helps.
Generally had a great time and good education !
I love what ORU stands for , but I have had problems trying to complete my certification since
1993. I have taken several tests to reenter the education program in order to obtain my
certification but not able to accomplish this task. I was looking for help with my academic
skills and how to study for what I needed in order to pass the OGET and other tests that
have some how kept me from finishing. I gave up because there seem to be no help for me. I
have nothing against ORU, it is a God sent. I just hope and pray that others will not have the
struggles that I have had. I needed help and it did not seem to be there for me at that time.
Thank you for listening.
As a former RA, I think that the curfew rule causes too much stress and extra work for those
in charge of enforcing it. In my opinion, the benefits do not outweigh the detractors. Also,
required chapel twice per week might have been a bit much, I think once weekly would be
much more manageable. Also, to be honest, I felt that some chapel speakers were so
charismatic they were unbalanced and that more emphasis needed to be placed on the
simple message of the gospel rather than on simply speaking in tongues.
#21 - the compter wasn't invented when I was at ORU! I was at ORU during its peak with
muliple graduate programs. The many health science graduate programs (medical, dental)
enhanced my nursing education, so it concerns me that ORU has contracted. For a religious
liberal arts education, I'm sure it is still fine, but for professional degrees such as nursing I'd
be concerned about not being exposed to graduate students and professors in health
science. Although I and many of my nursing peers are now full-time mothers, most of us
logged many years of advanced nursing practice working in critical care areas at universities
across the country, aquiring graduate degrees and management positions.
I graduated too long ago to answer some of the questions.
I am very glad I graduated from ORU and would encourage my children as well as others to
Most young adults need more training in relationships with the opposite sex. I planned well
for future job but not marriage.
I plan on sending my kids!
I experienced a life changing time at ORU due in large part to the people I met at ORU. I
became a student there in a very real sense. More importantly I recieved the intangibles that
have equipped me for life.
My experience as an ORU undergraduate did prepare me well for the initial work I did in the
ministry. It gave me confidence in my research and study abilities as well as providing me
with a legacy of studying under some outstanding professors and with some truly special
fellow students. As a result of my good experiences there I came back to ORU in 1984 and
entered the MDIV program which I completed in 1987. I have nothing but the highest of
praise for the education I received in both degree programs.
From what I hear from current or recent students, many improvements have been made or
are being made. I think that is wonderufl. I throughly enjoyed my time at ORU and I am glad I
went there. I do have other concerns, but I do not believe they will affect accreditation.
Overall my experience at ORU was excellent, and there were a lot of improvements made
while I was a student. In my opinion, the main educational improvements could be centered
on international study options and technology integration.
ORU gave me a basis for continuing my education through the Master's level. I was blessed
to have Dr. Lewandowski as a teacher and 30 years later my daughter also had him as her
teacher. You must remember to keep the good professors since they are the core of your
success. I am thankful that my daughter had such a great experience at ORU and that you
were there for her as you were for me. One of the things I especially appreciated was the
acceptance of the Pentecostal experience. I didn't feel like a wierdo at ORU as I had at
another denominational school where I transferred from because of the Baptism of the Holy
Spirit. I also appreciate the attention to the whole person and encourage you to keep our
generation of couch potatoes moving and requiring physical education courses. As a college
teacher I can say without equivocation that the education I received and my husband and
daughter received at ORU was the best.
I also graduated from the Graduate Business school, MBA, Class of 1991.
I truly enjoyed my time at ORU. It was a safe place for me to grow spiritually and emotionally.
The faculty were always so supportive and encouraging. The atmosphere is great!
Communication between upper administration and students was never a strong suit. This left
students in a the "dark" a lot and lead to frustration and rumors. I think ORU has loads of
potential to continue to grow and make a huge impact on the world. Take it to the next level!
It has been 30 years since I attended ORU and a great deal has changed since then; I was a
transfer student and can not comment thoroughly on the general education aspects of the
university as I completed the general education areas prior to attending ORU. Unfortunately,I
never did work in my field of study (social work) and instead pursuded a second degree
(Associate of Science in Nursing) to obtain employment. The practicum in social work at the
time I attended ORU (1974-1976) was mediocre at best and left me with a negative
impression. The University on other academic levels at that time seemed to be very good so
perhaps it was just this particular segment that rated a C-. Computers were not a significant
part of life at the time I attended. The food services were fair but not the current provider.
The use of a tutor got me through a few classes. I would have felt very lost without one. It
would be nice to have a shuttle service to/from the city library, philharmonic, and museum.
My experiences at ORU allowed me to successfully enter Medical School, and provided a
solid foundation for what has been a very successful Medical career.
I've been to lots of Christian colleges in my field of work and ORU still ranks very high in my
mind of a well-rounded comprehensive liberal arts education !! They are somewhat behind in
their Student Affiars program, but they are working on that.
The former director of Security was rude, controlling,as well as some of his subordinates,
being ultra proud that they carried a gun.
I loved my time at ORU and wouldn't trade it for anything!
ORU was a wonderufl experience in many ways; if you participate in any of the
RA/chaplain/missions/CO leadership programs, you will receive EXCELLENT practical
training. But ORU also has some exceptional students w/ bright minds -- minds that could be
used for the glory of Christ -- and you are squandering them. I was not the only upper-level
student who was frustrated. You need to increase your academic standards across the board
and also offer better special opportunities for upper-level students. Also, and I can only
speak for the comm arts dept on this one, there is TERRIBLE career counseling. I actually
sent an email to someone in the alumni dept about this a while back because a friend came
to me (back when Politically Incorrect was still a major show), "My organization has the
opportunity to place an intern at Politically Incorrect. I would love to see someone with an
ORU worldview out there interacting w/ Bill Maher every day. It's unpaid, but my organization
will give them 3,000 to offset living expenses in LA. Just give me a name." I called all over
the school and no one would help me. Where could His light possibly be seen more dimly?
I majored in Psychology. ORU had no connections to get an intership. I did not find this out
until my senior year. You can not get an intership on your own without a further degree. You
can not continue in your degree with an intership. I am not using my degree. I wish I had an
intership during my 1st or 2nd year of school to know if a job in the field of psychology was
my true interest.
I enjoyed my 4 years at ORU! I'd encourage any young person to attend ORU for a wonderful
They were four of the best years of my life but there's things I realize now I wish I would have
known then. This is a vague statement in some respects but there's not time nor space to
I appreciated being on a campus in which you could feel the presence of God and be
enveloped in His peace.
The faculty was the best part of my experience at ORU. They were underpaid then but chose
to work at ORU in order to influence the students for Christ. The same could not be said
about the administration.
Overall excellent experience. Freshman year was incredible, lots of challenges and lots of
growth. Chaplain was WONDERFUL, RA was not, but the wing overall was an incredible
community of believers for me and I matured in all ways that year. I changed majors in
Spring semester of my sophomore year from German to Business Admin. Undergrad
Business was competitive in a healthy way and gave me confidence in my ability to succeed
in the real world. At that time, computers were just making their presence and Dr. Gillen
warned us that we needed to become computer proficient. I ignored him and spent several
years playing catch up in the late 80s. I was challenged by most of my Bus profs but was
inspired the most by Ray Gregg and Phil Sherwood. Mr. Gregg brought out tenacity in me as
I was overwelmed by Principles of Accounting and wouldn't give up and Dr. Sherwood gave
me a love for finance and banking, an area I pursued after graduation. I minored in Sociology
and enjoyed classes with Dr. Fagin, who taught me to enjoy the human personality and the
evolution of a city (Urban Sociology). Other than Academics, highlights were being a Wing
Chaplain my Junior year-a very rewarding experience and this was before Wing Chaplains
It was great...look back with wonderful memories
There was a double standard at ORU when I was there. I don't know if it still exists, but if it
does, things need to change. Women were "campused" or grounded, for a whole weekend if
they missed curfew. They were also checked on repeatedly to make sure they stayed in their
rooms during this time. An ORU man who was campused, however, only had to stay in his
room one night, with little supervision, and only, I believe, if he was a freshman. This is sexist
and wrong. As an elementary education major, I wish I would have had a course on
classroom management/discipline. It is very needed.
I had a great experience at ORU. However, my senior year, my room in Braxton flooded with
sewage after I had called maintenance 5 days in a row asking them for help. Many of my
things were ruined, and very few people were willing to help me. It was disappointing that my
experience ended like that.
I really enjoyed my ORU experience. It shaped my life in a time when I needed to get back
on the path. Thanks.
I think this survey assumes the following incorrectly: 1) All students take general education
courses (not all students do - especially graduate students; we only had maybe 2-3 gen. ed.
classes), 2) the writing skills, research abilities, information expertise and computer skills I
graduated with were gained at ORU, which is absolutely not the case. I believe I had these
skills when I came to ORU for my graduate studies, and if anything, by being at ORU, I
realized that my skills were superior to the skills of my peers in my program.
It was an exciting time to be there at the beginning. I am from Tulsa and commuted, so my
campus life experiences were limited. I regret not living on campus at least one semester so I
could have become more a part of the whole college experience. I remember my tuition
being around $450 per semester and my mom went back to work to help with college
expences. (Those were the days.)
I remember being totally stress out by the time I graduated with all the pressure to write a 40-
page paper, get aerobic points, be to chapel on time. I'm sure I wasn't the only one. I have
been to only one reunion, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. ORU was a
tough school in 1976. I don't know if the requirements are as rigorous as they were then. I
went to a state school to get my teaching creditials later in life. There was still stress, but the
atmosphere was much more relaxed. Academically, however, I don't think a student could
have done better than an ORU education. My field was drama, so some of the questions
don't seem to really fit. I was never interested in international opportunities, and I had no
interest in the mission field.
My experience at ORU in the Master's program was a good one. However, I am still a
student in the doctoral program.
I thought the food at Saga was very good despite the fact that we complained about it a lot at
I am proud to see that ORU is making great strides to accomplish its goals.
It's hard to look back and rate things fairly. I was young, naive, and inexperienced then, and
felt I had little guidance (no high school guidance counselor & no guidance counselor at the
college level). All I knew to do was gear myself to take the required classes and try to get
decent grades so I could get a degree, although I wasn't sure why I really needed it (other
than to get a "good" job, whatever that was) or what I was going to do with it (no vision). Now
I have a little more life experience to use as a judgment basis, so it's difficult to grade
according to how I was then, and what I think in reflection given my additional life experience.
My overall impression of ORU is: a unique school where I felt the presence of God; made
some good friends; had the world brought to me (foreign students) and got to see some of
the world (Spain & Mexico); created an undying interest in missions in my soul; gave me an
excellent understanding that it's really about going into every man's world and not being a
minister that expects the world to come to them in a church environment; and the best bonus
is that is where I met my husband of almost seventeen years. It would be nice if every young
I'm proud of the fact I graduated from ORU.
Would not have traded it for the world! Just wish I had attended my first two years also and
gotten involved more in campus life.
My perspective has changed somewhat since I have changed careers from what I trained for
at ORU. My major was Com Arts: Drama Concentration and I now have a PhD in Library
Science and am an academic library director. The libary at ORU was only of marginal
importance to me at the time and I very rarely sought or recieved help from any ORU
A lot of things in this survey have happened since I graduated from ORU.
Undergrad business gave me a lot of good information, but it took the MBA to learn how to
jump in and know what to do--and to have the confidence that I was ready to excel in the
business world. My marketing major did not give me the basics in running a marketing dept.
(e.g. produce promotional materials, create and place print, radio and t.v. ads) I did not know
how to buy mailing lists, do bulk mailings, create a major advertising campaign. This put me
at a great disadvantage, but I found venders who taught me much of what I needed to know
(which gave them the advantage!). I never had anyone to ask, because I always reported to
the president, who looked to me for that expertise. I knew nothing about all these basic
marketing tasks. I highly recommend ORU, and am very grateful to have been able to attend.
My teachers were godly and caring. Mission trips and serving as dorm chaplain were great
experiences. It was at ORU that I grew into the person I wanted to be.
I loved my time at ORU, but found that after life at ORU I wasn't as prepared as the rest of
the work force. I believe this was in large part due to the lack of internships in my field.
My four years at ORU were 4 of the best years of my life to date. I will carry with me great
memories and truths from experiences there that will always point me to the cross. (I always
felt safe there, too.) Chapels were one of the highights of each week... I couldn't have asked
for a better environment or life experience!
ORU was the greatest experience of my life. I would go again, or at least send my kids there.
I do wish in my business field that there would have been a class on how to manage people
with varying personalities/temperments. This was by far the most difficult learning curve
when I managed a restauant and then later owned my own Subway restaurant.
The Spiritual atmosphere created in the school is worth commentiing on. Please keep it up. It
has affected my life immersely.
When I was at ORU, the university as a whole seemed to operate very inefficiently. There
were some academic departments that were operated very well. The business department
was one of them. I graduated with a bachelor of science degree in finance. I considered
transfering, but stayed because of the business department and its faculty and staff.
Everything else at ORU concerning all areas of student life were average at best. From what
I've read and heard from the Alumni department and friends who are still involved with ORU,
ORU has improved in many areas.
Great place to grow!
Exposure to more internships at the graduate level--contacts with local churches so students
may gain experience in their chosen/called field for ministry.
I loved it!! Four of the best years of my life... mostly because of the people... and the
atmostphere and climate for learning and growing in every way...
Now that I am older and have a career, I realize how much money I wasted attending ORU.
Compared to other business programs ORU was not up to date or even near as challenging
as a real experience in the business world. If I could do it all over again, I would not pick
It was alife changing experience that set the course for the rest of my life. I still develop my
spirit, soul and body in regular service and continuous improvement.
During my time as student the university was all about cut backs to save Richard Robert's TV
career. Academics were not the priority, buildings were in disrepair, student affairs was not
about the students, and there was no direction for where the school was going.
I gained so much more from ORU than my degree. Interaction with other christians and other
cultures have lead to friendships that will last me a life time. I tell students who ask me about
my experience at ORU... be prepared because it will challenge what you believe and make or
brake you in the process. But the making or breaking is up to you. ORU will ultimately be
what you the student makes it out to be.
ORU was a very positive experience for me and I thank God for giving me that wonderful
In so many ways -- academically, spiritually, socially -- I grew up and became an adult at
ORU was a great school that prepared me well, with some major flaws that at that time (79-
83) were being ignored. I understand and hope some of those things have changed.
Great experince. I grew to know the Lord and was able to have a relationship with the Lord.
ORU taught me how to be humble and how to endure during trying times. I thank God for the
wonderful experince I had
Good solid education.
Keep the worship and spiritual environment strong and where the students are for today.
One of my favorite memories was the Lord's Supper in the little chapel next to chapel with
acoustic guitar and real worhsip.
I feel that ORU gave me the tools and experiences that provided an excellent base and
framework for future study and career development.
As a married student entering in 1967, there was no provision for married student housing.
After graduation, there was a new requirement to live in married student housing in order to
do graduate study. With three children, that was not an option. Therefore, I completed an
accelerated Master's degree (Management)at another institution (SNU.
I'm sure OUR has changed and addressed many areas that were lacking in the early years.
A little behing the learning opportuinites and sophistication of other area schools.
I STRONGLY encourage ORU to institute a requirement that if the student has just a general
BA where there is no real job opportunity, to have a minor or 2nd major that would ensure
the graduate a strong opportunity to get a job. I had a BA in music. I would have had to be an
education major to get a job. Consequently, I NEVER have made a living on my degree.
Business skills, computer, office management, some type of marketable skill would have
been very beneficial. Just because I could sing well didn't mean I should have majored in
music. Possibly strongly career counseling would have helped. My college degree just helped
me to get a secretarial job over someone who hadn't gone to college. Have a degree that is
well-rounded and exposes the student to other skills. My typing course in high school is what
I have used to get jobs and eventually become a medical transcriptionist. Just a BA in music
is pretty worthless in the job market.
ORU is a great University! I hear a lot of things have changed since I graduated. I wish I had
some of the current resources back then. No one is to be blamed it is the advance of
technology and I believe ORU is keeping pace with the rest ot the world. Great faculty & staff!
The professors were excellent - brillant, spiritually-sensitive without being naive, accessible,
challenging. And the fellow seminary students helped cultivate an environment to learn.
Needs more well rounded education for the real world....secular world...
I am still an avid Golden Eagles fan (though they were called the Titans then). I think the
band was better years ago when they played a unique song when the basketball players
came on the court. It reminded me of the Harlem Globetrotters. They also played rock songs
like "Smoke on the Water" whereas now, the songs are more "cheer" songs with less variety.
It was a wonderful place to spend four years. My experience as an RA and Chaplain
definitely helped prepare me for leadership roles now! Keep it up!
It was the mission and vision of Oral Roberts lived out through the faculty and aspiring
students that makes ORU special!
I don't know if things have changed, but I believe that men/women's curfews should have
been similar. Also, there was a culture on campus where student feedback was quashed by
the administration, which I wasn't particularly happy with. Finally, I had an experience with
mentally/spiritually abusive student that I brought to the attention of administration (there
were a number of women who had problems with this individual) and nothing was done about
it. In light of this, unless there is a means now, there should be a means to address these
issues. ORU was a good school academically, although speaking as an English major, it
would have helped to have some more practical, real-world classes with solid skill
development. Overall, my experience was good, but not excellent.
Curfew was stifling, dress code was good to have - despite public opinion, administration
could benefit from loosening up in regards to student activities. Great worship services,
speakers were fair-great, and intramural department was excellent in achieving camraderie in
Required Internship for all majors - it will certainly help to land a new job upon graduation.
It was hard to answer many of these questions because it has been so long. I had a great
education and have very fond memories of ORU. The undergraduate School of Business
was fantastic and prepared me for my career.
ORU was a wonderful experience, and I feel overall my degree prepared me for my career.
Moreso, ORU's environment was conducive to preparation for life and relationships.
Having arrived just after Oral came out of the prayer tower with the 'Jesus is going to call me
home' and then lived through the closing of the Medical School and City of Faith, I would say
the first half of my experience at ORU was very rough. The thing that really stood out to me
was the amazing experience of living in the dormitories and being around on-fire Christians
on a daily basis. I would have to say that chapels and classes affected my life but my friends
from ORU have really made the deepest impact. I am really hoping that my kids will also go
It was a wonderful 4 year experience. I felt well-prepared for the field of special education. I
would hope that the university would be more diverse and have more activities to support the
needs of minority sudents.
There are no questions here about the faculty, so I think it's worth noting that one of ORU's
strengths was the relationship between students and faculty. In most cases, faculty members
were accessible, compassionate and challenging.
Academic experience was positive, but administration was less than positive
ORU was overall a very positive experience spiritually, academically, socially. I felt it
prepared me very well for the next phase of life.
I thank God for ORU and the education I recieved. I believe it is much improved from when i
was there, mainly due to it's improved financial condition which has allowed the physical
plant to be better maintained.
The interaction with students from other cultures was exceptional!
ORU provides many avenues for a student to enter! ORU offers more than just books:
Missions (home and internationally; on-campus and off-campus), a studnent has the
opportunity to apply as an R.A., Student Government Officer, Chaplin, Floor Academic
Chairperson or Social Chairperson, a Worker in the Computer Lab, or in the Cafeteria, or in
the Intramural Office, or for a Concert, Basketball Game or Work-Study-Assistant or a House-
Sitter when a Professor is away on Spring Break. There a even more opportunties, one just
has to know who to ask, where to go and be prepared to apply!
I wish I knew then, what I know now! --about how stigmtized I would be having graduated
from ORU --we're often categorized before given an opporunity! --we are stereotyped even
after proving the stereotype is wrong! --we are pidgeon-holed even after we excel, largely
because we are considered ORU-types! --- on question #15, there were plenty of
international mission opportunities to experience, but I didn't know of any "ACADEMIC"
opportunities (your respondents may include the missions program in their response, but it
isn't acadmeic or "for credit". Following college years, I found out about the DTS
(Discipleship Training School) opporunity with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). I wish it had
been around when I was in school! --on question 21, computers were not as pervasive in use
anywhere as near as they are now, so you can throw out my response to that question. --on
Student Counseling Services, my pastoral care prof in Grad Theology told me: "you can go
over there, but you'll already know as much as they do!" (I was just a student in grad school
then!) I went to Student Counseling Services, and he was right! I went elsewhere. --on
My years at ORU were wonderful. I appreciated the spiritual atmosphere of the campus and
the opportunities to be involved in mission trips eventhough I was a business major. I was a
student leader and do remember feeling that the leadership from the top was so strong that
what students suggested was never really considered. I respected Oral Roberts immensely
but did see a lack of accountability in the situation. I hope the administration is structured
less like a pyramid and more spread out at the top. My husband an I (both alumni) appreciate
ORU and what it poured into our lives.
So much time has passed it is hard to critique GE courses from 12+ years ago. Plus, being
young and having lousy student skills, I don't think I took advantage of what was presented to
me during this time. I "survived" college and thankfully my career does not reflect my college
Its a great school
There needs to be more invovlement with commuter students.
Great memories. Need larger dorm rooms. Needed better recruiting services.
I graduated before the development of the personal computer.
There wasn't enough communication so you knew what was readily available to you. And the
departments had NO communication between them, which made it hard to deal with financial
aid, registrar, student services, etc.
As much as I loved the ORU experience, the administrative staff, such as the Financial Aid
Office, provided very poor student services. My undergraduate degree was at another
college, and I have since completed the coursework for a doctorate at still another institution
of higer learning. ORU's services to students--and even to alumni--are the poorest I've
experienced. Their poor customer service perhaps results from the attitude that it is a
privilege to study there.
Remove or enforce curfew on all students and not just the men.
I wish I could do it all over again. The opportunity to study in Christian setting of ORU was
tremendous, but as a young adult, I didn't appreciate it fully. What a blessing it was to be
able to "discover" my talents at a safe and stabile environment. ORU put me on a path in life
that just continues to grow and manifest blessings. I praise God for Oral Roberts' obedience
to God to start the university and for Richard to continue to move the university forward.
Overall it was a good experience. Most of the teachers were great especially in the Theology
department and Student Services. Hopefully the plumbing in student housing has been
replaced. I remember the showers backing up a lot! Spiritual life dept. helped out a lot too.
As a modular student I did not interact with the general student population of ORU. The inter-
university communication between the modular office administration and the university
administration seemed lacking.
It will always be a disappointment that the medical school did not continue to exist.
It was a positive experience that prepared me for the work laid before me.
I really enjoyed the brother/sister wing match-ups, making it easier to have friends of the
opposite sex without feeling awkward about it. Also, I look at a lot of the dorm arrangements
that other campuses have, and I'm so thankful for ORU's girls only/guys only dorms with
rules about no girls/guys allowed in except study lounges or for open house. Also, chapel
was usually enjoyable. Oh, and mandatory P.E. classes and earning aerobics points were
definitely GREAT ideas! You see, I'm the kind of student that wants to get all A's, (I didn't
always, but wanted to and worked hard.) Anyway, if I hadn't felt required to go exercise, I
wouldn't have, feeling like I would be goofing off from my studies. Since it was a requirement,
I took the time to do it, and that was a very good thing for my health.
I would definitely go back and do it all over again (but probably would have studied a little
harder.) I wouldn't trade my education I received at ORU, or the opportunity to work with and
sit under the professors I had, for anything.
Great experience in meeting life long soul mates.
Despite not liking the girls curfew, I think it was a good thing and I feel that ALL the students
should have that. I had good instructors except questioned if one of them was a Christian.
It set me on course for success in Life--the whole man concept has been a core value of my
Loved my experience. Great university, great professors. Excellent committment to spirit led
You know, what might be helpful to students is an emphasis on help for those struggling with
depression. I had depression the whole time I was there, and ended up in a psych ward for a
little while during my stay,but at the time, there seemed to be a stigma attached and no
readily available help.
I love the school. That's why I now teach there as an adjunct! :-)
I found my experience at ORU damaging for life.
The faculty was excellent, everyone was very helpful and encouraging, respectful and
accomodating. Highly recommend ORU.
great foundational experience for life
Most of the professors from my era are gone...There have been significant improvements, so
I believe ORU is better now than in my era.
Loved every minute of it.
I had an excellent experience at ORU. I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 years there. My daughter is
currently a Junior Nursing Manjor/Music Minor at ORU and is also very happy there. Of
course, since the year I graduated many things have changed. We have witnessed many
improvements, but like so many other academic institutions, there is still plenty of room for
improvement. I believe ORU is doing a great job at meeting the challenges it faces and will
succeed. We recommend the school to everyone we know and know beyond a doubt that it
is still a blessed place.
It was overall a terrific experience and helped to prepare me for life after school
It is a good school with good people. I hope they get out of debt soon. I also hope they
continue to hold on to their core values and founding purpose while re-thinking policies,
procedures, etc... to make a school that is relevant to today, and will be relevant when my
children are ready for college, rather than a school that is relevant to 1976.
Great experience for me!
It was a very good experience. I'm glad I didn't go to any other university.
Drs. Roy Hayden, Trevor Grizzle and Paul Chappell assisted me and showed a great deal of
grace and patience throughout my tenure at ORU. The families of Grizzle and Hayden also
helped me. I KNOW that I would not have completed my studies without their mercies.
i had a great experience.
I was better trained than many people I have worked with coming from other universities in
my field because of the high standards ORU's education department held. ORU stressed a
strong work ethic which I find many new teachers don't have. For ORU to be the force they
have been in the past the leadership needs not to cave under societal pressure but keep
The real world in chemistry is much different than what is taught. The learing of chemistry at
ORU was excellent, but areas where change should occur include how the pharmaceutical
world works, the environmental industry, chemistry industry, etc. Real world experiences in
an industry are much different than just learning chemistry. The chemistry dept. could use
more instruments and newer technologies to meet the current state of the industry. Technical
writing would be good, an overview of the regulatory environment (ie, FDA, OSHA, etc) would
be of great benefit. Cost versus production- the business model would be beneficial.
I feel like I got a great education at ORU. However, one of the main reasons that I feel that
way is because I am self-motivated, and I went out and got internships and study-abroad
opportunities for myself with no help from ORU. I believe that every student, regardless of
their field, should have to do some sort of internship in their junior or senior year in order to
graduate. Also, though I don't believe it should be a requirement, our world is becoming
smaller all the time, and I believe that study-abroad is something that should be emphasized
and recommended to all. On the flip side, I DO believe that language skills are crucial,
especially for Christians, if we are to reach "every man." So, Spanish, Chinese, French and
other languages commonly spoken in the US should be offered to all students and made
mandatory for at least 2 semesters of study in order to graduate.
I realize that the choices I made are my own, but I felt like it was too easy to get student
loans. I was not prepared for the reality of finding a real job after graduation.
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in an academic environment that was solidly Christian.
I don't know what your current policy is, but when I was a student, curfew was strictly
enforced for women but not for men. I think this is extremely unfair, and makes ORU seem
very backward in their thinking.
It was some of the best years of my life. I would recommend ORU to any Christian student.
I loved ORU!
Overall, I had a very positive experience at ORU. I have absolutely no regrets about having
attended. God's presense was so strong on the campus. Don't ever drift away from the God-
focus of the university!
O.R.U. had a huge impact on my life. I discovered my love for writing at ORU and it has been
a huge part of my life ever since.
I was an education major. I did my student teaching in the 3rd and 4th grade classes. My first
job was teaching kindergarten. It was a hard first day when one of the children wet their
pants with no change of clothes (among other things.) I felt unprepared and wanted to quit
many times. My first year was really hard...but I have heard that from many people from
different schools. This is my 7th year teaching, and I believe that the years experience have
helped. I don't know if anyone can be completely prepared until they get in and "get their feet
wet." Looking back I say that I enjoyed my time and my friends made at ORU. Tulsa will
always have a special place in my heart!
I loved the spiritual insight that I gained at ORU. Being around so many other Christians and
living in an atmosphere that allowed me to grow in this area was one of the best experiences
of my life. I do not think that the Education Department was very effective at the time, and I
felt very unprepared to take on the responsibilites of a teacher once I left ORU. I would have
liked to see more practicums, management strategies for difficult students, learned how to
properly write an IEP, ways to work with the regular ed. teacher to adapt curriculum and
teach Sp. Ed students, and learned strategies to teach students with various learning
This was the age before computers! Life was much simpler back then, making college work
with paper and pencil just as adequate if not better in many respects. Too bad becoming
computer savvy and using them so extensively consumes great amounts of time that we
used to greater advantage.
I have no regrets about attending ORU. It was just what I needed and it helped to prepare
me for a succesful music career.
I wouldn't have traded it for the world! Loved it! I have maitained several very close
friendships since I left
I had a wonderful experience.
I loved ORU - every bit of it and I will always cherish my time there. Thank you for everything.
Having a dress code and an exercise requirement were both very beneficial to me for my
future. internships and off campus research/work in desired field should be required.
I know longer work in the field I graduated with a degree in. I worked in that field for many
years, but grew dissatisfied. I do feel that I was adequately prepared for the reality of what
the field was like. I was prepared for teaching in a bubble, a dream setting, NOT the reality of
what public schools are like and what is expected of you by the administration of those
schools. ON-THE-OTHER-HAND, the general education prepared me well for my current
career in law enforcement.
My ORU experience was the best.
ORU was in its infancy when I attended. I will always appreciate my undergraduate education
there because of the financial aid and also because of the excellent preparation I received
for grad. school. I found I compared very well in the State university I attended with those
from other schools.
I loved the school. The Lord truly blessed me while attending this school, and the course of
my life was set in the direction of life-long service to my community and to my God while
I am very thankful for my ORU experience! I still feel very blessed that I was able to attend
ORU, and I will encourage my children to attend ORU as well. The "whole person" concept
made a huge impact on me, and it still does today! Thank you ORU!
I wouldn't have traded it for anything! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I am very grateful for the education that I received at ORU. I thought at the time it was the
best and still do. I went to a state school before transfering to ORU and now work for a state
University medical center.
ORU was an excellent investment. My time there was well spent. I'd recommend it highly with
regard to the overall experience, but not necessarily if it had to stand on its own soley as an
academic institution of higher learning. In that regard, ORU was slightly above average -
IMO. There were some excellent/dynamic educators, but too many that were lacking passion
and/or were mediocre at best.
Summer Music/Missions trips were the highlight of my ORU years. Remember: Prism? Sign
Dental school was excellent program with good instructors and professional potential for my
very poor placement servicezs
I think there definitely should be a men's and women's chaplain. I know their positions were
dropped while I was there.
When I was a student I felt that Student Accounts did not pay attention to the needs of
distance learning students.
The vision of Oral Roberts to go where the voice is heard small.......the inspirational spiritual
support was key. Speakers, performers, solid leaders coming to campus and exposing us to
God's higher calling...This was key and still has me living a positive visionary and always
reaching for the Lord's best in attitude!
I think it would have been helpful to have fewer "philosphy of teaching" classes and to have
more "hands on" classes where usabke teaching aids would be created. More practicums in
my specific areas of concentration would have been nice. I had a couple of practicums I had
to complete in which I was placed with toddlers: not helpful in achieving a knowledge of
elementary students or how to teach them.
I loved ORU. It prepared me in many ways to face the future. I particularly enjoyed the wing
activities, retreats, chapel, & Sunday night vespers. The faculty, RA's and Chaplains were all
excellent. They challenged me to work hard and love the Lord.
I earned two degrees at ORU. This form does not have the necessary functions to
adequately reflect this. I answered these questions based on my undergraduate experience,
not graduate work. I think ORU has come a long way since I was a student. I know finances
were very tight during my time. My hope is that financial issues have improved considerably
over the past 14 years.
Loved every minute of the four years. Can't wait til my kids go there! GO ORU!!!!
i had many experiences in student leadership that taught me to better handle circumstances
at my job.
I feel a calling to ORU. I would still be going to school if I had the money.
Overall, I was very pleased with the Professors. Based on my experience, I would highly
recomend ORU to any prospective student.
It was great, and it keeps getting better from what I hear. Thank you ORU.
Re student life: at the time of my undergrad experience, I came to the conclusion (and still
think so) that there needed to be some implemental development particularly for the girls to
help them in personal management and responsibility, in part by the opportunity for personal
decision-making while in a supportive environment. Many times we were treated as children
in a social sense (just one example, the RA meetings that went on for many wasted hours,
while the guys' wing could just check off that they had read the various items of business). I
think the disappointingly high rate of failed marriages among alumni was due in part to this
lack of personal growth/decision making that came from being treated as children until the
day of graduation; many married right after that and hadn't had the opportunity to work
through these issues. The people at ORU--students and professors--helped make it a very
special time for me. I loved that there were so many people from so many different
denominations and backgrounds, it was a very stimulating and growing time coming to know
so many different types of people as friends and colleagues.
I graduated with a degree in business and functioned in that field for 10 more years. Now I
am current in fulltime ministry as an associate pastor, however, I am utilizing my skills
learned at ORU, especially in organizational development, supervision, etc. because I
oversee all ministry of helps and outreaches which consists of approximately 250 people.
I am thankful for the missions focus, as I am now working overseas working with drug users,
homeless, and the lonely, thanks
Excellent alternative choice to other schools in the area. Good balance of spiritual and
academic classes, although some spiritual classes seemed superfluous. I had very good
experiences interviewing and being hired. Many companies in the area actually preferred
ORU students to others for real-world readiness and integrity. Suggestion is to continue to
consider your competition and what they offer that would draw people away from you. You
have one of the strongest Christian communities in the country... what are your goals in
attracting that community? What % of that populous are you attempting to attract? What % of
your school do you plan to have local/national/international? When I had attended I did not
know anyone from the local community that attended ORU. After I graduated, I lived 5 miles
away from the university and didn't know anything that was happening there. You have a bulk
customer base at your doorstep that is first class in academics, sports, business, etc.. Upsell
the benefits of being local and sending out globally. Upsell the cost-benefits of being a local
student. Become the 'place to be' so as to attract nationally and globally. Build a best-in-class
I'm in a career outside my major area of study at ORU. I find that I'm using the techniques
that I learned to make me sucessful in my career. My wife and I have both benefited greatly
from our education and believe that it helped to prepare us for our careers.
ORU has made great changes over the years to update their campus and academics. The
Eagle Nest was changed to a modern day internet cafe. Still alot needs to be updated but I
know money is a factor. The teachers I had were excelllent and really cared about the
students. I am so glad that I was directed to go to ORU because I loved it.
I believe the dress code was most beneficial. It helped instill a sense of value and spirit of
excellence. I was disappointed at Homecoming 2006 to see what had transpired. With the
new dress code the school appears to be like any other. Having had 30 years work
experience, I can say that when you dress better, you produce and work better. If that
concept is not instilled into you, you won't take that into the workplace with you. Where will
you learn that, if you are not taught? I can see that in general, society and the workplace is
lacking in that area. When you dress down, generally everything about you goes down. Now,
this is not to say that adjustments in the dress code were not needed, however, what I saw
was shocking! I had a sense that pressure was on to conform to the world. It was a sad day
for me to see what was happening. Big disappointment! Something very special has been
lost! Keep the school strong spiritually. If that goes, then what's the point, it's just another
university. That has to remain with no compromise. I don't know what the school is like
academcically now. When I attended, it was still very new and growing. Make the school tops
It was a very rounded education; I felt I learned a little bit of everything and a lot of some
things. At that point in time, we were out "in the boonies" at ORU and had little access to the
world around us (as most of us did not own a vehicle); we were too sheltered and closed in.
As Tulsa has grown, a lot of things are now across the street from the Campus, and students
have an opportunity to get out into the real world more, to see what life is like "on the
outside". This is good, as it will better prepare them for what they will need to know when
they step out for their first big job interview.
Overall I have no complaints ...I feel those professors in my major were excellent and very
interested in seeing me succeed.
ORU was one of the best experiences of my life--I am so glad I attended ORU--in fact, when
I was 13 yrs. old (8th grade), God called me to go to ORU and I wasn't even thinking about
high school yet. I really wasn't as well developted career-wise as I could have been when I
was trying to figure out what direction to take in life--but the positive atmoshpere of ORU was
what I needed most, and that's what I am so thankful for.
I felt then as I do now, that my college experience was perfect for me in every area that I
needed. I am a well-rounded, learned individual with gifts and graces to offer. My spiritual
growth was greatly developed at ORU. I remain hungry for knowledge and have a passion for
ministry. Whatever we put our hands to do, we want to see it done with excellence. I am very
grateful that my grandparents supported Oral Roberts' ministry from his tent evangelistic
days as they helped along with many, many others to bring the Lord's vision for ORU into
fruition. MAY GOD'S ANOINTING REST MIGHTILY UPON YOU ALL IN YOUR CONTINUED
EFFORTS TO GIVE GOD GLORY IN ALL YOU DO!
I really enjoyed my time at ORU, I recommend it to everyone I meet. After getting my masters
degree at a public institution you realise how much the teachers at ORU really care about
The spiritual climate and chapel services were a selling point for my transferring to ORU.
There were many opportunities for spiritual growth.
Many of the services offered today were not available or were used differently in 1977-1981.
I'm sure that services are delivered in a different way today than they were back in our days
as a student at ORU.
I enjoyed my time at ORU and my education. However, I feel that students were not given
the respect they deserved concerning customer service issues in registrars, etc. Financial
resources were not always handled well either. (example: falsely de-enrolled, dropped from
classes, and charged late enrollment fees. Inaccurate financial information caused great loss
and was not made right by ORU, etc.)Sometimes I felt that ORU forgets that current students
are future alumni who could potentially be large financial donors. We had some very
unfortunate experiences with office staff that have altered our plans for financial donations in
the future. We will always have a heart for ORU, but have been disappointed by customer
relations during time as students.
ORU was very legalistic in my opinion. Particularly the adminstrative end of things. I have a
bittersweet experience w/ ORU. I LOVED the student body. The professors were committed
and caring. The education i received was 'good' not 'great'. The administrative group at ORU
(dean of men, dorm directors, and some RA's made it very difficult at times). The chaplain
team was GREAT. I made some great friends. I do know alot of people that are somewhat
bitter at ORU which is sad. In fact, the dorm director broke up my wing at the end of my
junior year. I'm personally a little miffed about that still :). Anyways, i hope ORU is operating
more in love and grace than when i attended. God Bless and good luck w/ this survey.
My experience was that I transferred into ORU for my jr. and sr. years. I had done almost all
of my major work before I came, which worked well since ORU had special general
education classes which I definitely would not have gotten at my first school. ORU's
requirements helped me develop an understanding of the world around us, the world where
we live, which is based on history and truth. I am very grateful that I was able to attend ORU.
Loved it and still look back on it as the right choice!
had encouragement from staff/faculty to excell and complete my degree. thanks!!!
I graduated in undergrad Theology, but never ministered in a church or parachurch org as a
fulltime minister or employee. I heavily minored in Business, and ended up obtaining a
second bachelors and now work for myself. (hence no suprv's email) Of the general ed when
I was a student, four courses in Bible were too many. The Holy Spirit in the Now and
Charismatic Life and Ministry should be combined. Three courses should cover the material
that the four did. Continue to have a general ed that is well-rounded, educating the whole
person, equipping a graduate to be a contributor to his/her world.
As a chaplain, I thought it was a terrible idea to put grad students in positions that were
previously handled by professionals. Kelly Shields and Jared Step did a horrible job with the
Chaplain program. Kelly, in particular, is extremely insensitive and was often terrible at
keeping up with the demands of her position. She showed a complete lack of organzation
and that showed in the entire chaplain program. If they are still in those positions, I would fire
them. Dan Gujardo wasn't much better. He was also incredibly incensitive and showed a
gross lack of people skills; especially with the chaplains, but also with the student body at
large. I would fire him too. The chaplain program would be better with no leadership than the
"leadership" fron those three individuals.
I'm sad that I was abruptly dismissed from my Master's program with one grade of a C..I went
elsewhere and completed two additional degrees and now practice medicine in north
Carolina..I would have preferred to have all of my education at ORU.......
ORU is a great school and I feel priviledged to have gone there. However the Charismatic
side of the school did not prepare me enough to face an evil world full of lusts and
temptations. At ORU, I was so sheltered and protected from the outside world and that had
Top flight education. Promoted strong work ethic. Balanced education (academic, practical,
spiritual, physical) provides strong preparation for the real world.
Was a student 14 years ago. I've kept up with ORU since then and I think many of the areas
needing improvement while I was a student have improved. Plan to return for graduate
It's been a while but it was awesome and our daughter is going to the next ORU College
Chapel attendance should be rewarded, not punished via fines. People inherantly have a
punitive view of God.
I don't think I was prepared to teach elem music when I left ORU, but what I was preapred for
was a walk with the Lord and the strength and foundation to serve Him for a lifetime. I would
be a great Christain today if I had not attended ORU because I was raised in a Christian
home, however, I would not have the deep roots and the strong strong foundation for going
into every man's world that I have today. Years of Sunday school, church attendance,
revivals, youth groups, personal devotions and more were secured in place and grouded by
the rich years at ORU. Who knew that at 44, I would be raising two beautiful children alone,
with no family in town and no foundation for me to succeed.......so what if I really wasn't
prepared to teach Elementary Music? A greater and bigger task lay ahead for me to be a
strong mommy and I couldn't have asked for a better education financial help. ORU laid the
to prepare me for that.
The mission of ORU is what sets it apart.
I am thankful to have completed my education at Oral Roberts University, because I truly
believe that their is no other school like it in the world! I commend your commitment to
academic excellence but beyond the mind and body aspect, the spiritual maturity and impact
for the Kingdom of God far outweighs everything else. God did so much in and through me
during my time at Oral Roberts University, while impacting my future.
I am very satisfied with the experience I had at ORU.
I loved it at ORU. It was a fine education and got me to the places I needed to go. While I
was there we had SAGA and it was pretty nasty. Classes were excellent and the faculty were
knowlegable and helpful as well as very available.
I received a fine foundational music education that served me well in my graduate work. I
am, however, ashamed of what the University has become. It has, unfortunately degraded
into little more than a glorified Bible school. I want the liberal arts university with a Christian
emphasis I attended back. What exists now is a poor copy of what Oral originally intended.
There is a much bigger world of music than I think ORU realizes, and a great deal of hurting
people in that world who need well trianed ORU grads to touch their lives. This means that
ORU music grads must be trained well enough to be able to enter their world. I have had to
seek additional training from a private teacher at a conservatory for the classical world to
even consider acknowledging me. Only now have I been able to touch people in that very
competitive and exclusive arena. I would like to see ORU take the music program to a higher
standard and keep the spiritual development.
I really did enjoy attending ORU and commend the university on its strong religous values.
The areas of improvement that I indicated above are the result of the customer serivce I
received from various departments as a student at ORU. For example, when calling
departments such as the Adult Learning Service Center with questions regarding my class
registration or financial aid, it was often difficult for me to get a response after leaving a
message and obtaining the necessary information I needed about degree requirements and
my approval for financial aid. I understand the staff members are busy, but do think they
should try to get back to students in a more timely manner to answer their questions or direct
them to the apprproriate person who can answer their question. However, I must say that all
of my professors were very nice and sincerely cared about their students and I have a very
positive experience with faculty members there.
I would encourage all ORU students to get involved in mission work during or immediately
after school. I believe that this will provide balance no matter the major field of study.
It was a tremendous life changing and inspiring experience. I would do it again if I had the
I think the Mass Media Comm majors need more than just one advertising lab class, they
need to have some graphic design experience too.
I greatly appreciate everything I gleaned from my experience at ORU.
It was relationships that were built with the professors which made the school what it is.
Perhaps the best part of ORU is its faculty and staff--I remember the professors as being a
caring and warm bunch who truly saw their work as not only instructing but a ministry to
students. I still maintain contact with some of them and they are wonderful people!!
It was so long ago that I don't recall of lot of specifics . . . I still think of ORU fondly and
proudly. Perry J. Johnson
ORU is an xceptional school. I wish at les one of my three children would have elected to
attend there. Two chose other schools.
I've heard that many improvements have been made under the leadership of Richard
Roberts. I applaud his willingness to listen to wise counsel and change some antiquated
rules and ways of doing business. It's important to be proud of your alma mater, and I think
today's graduates will have that attitude.
ORU is what you make it, I loved it and made the most of it. I recommend ORU to my
I appreciated ORU's commitment to educating the whole person (mind, body, spirit). If they
could emphasize the nutriiton/health aspect more, that would go a long way towards making
ORU graduates top-notch in their health and longevity, to be able to do God's will in greater
measure. Too often, I know and hear of Christians who've gone on to heaven all too soon
because of poor health. The body of Christ needs to do their part to get healthy to withstand
the coming pressures and opportunities of these last days, to the glory of God.
Very performance oriented (lacking grace atmosphere in some regards). Also, the ministry
leadership philosophy is rather limited and not current with the demands of today's culture.
Knowing what I know about what is needed in today's ministry leadership world, I would
probably not select ORU for my education even though I respect the basic theological
position of the school. I would select another place with a more culturally relevant, missional
leadership philosophy. I do full-time ministry and leadership consulting and coaching now.
for future students, please prepare them for practical skills needed in their respective job
The opportunities provided by the Student Association for students was awesome. When my
department advisor left ORU or retired after my freshman year, I got lost in the shuffle and
never got another advisor to advise me on my senior project or classes I took. It was Dr.
Frank Smentowski who took me under his wing and provided me the advice and guidance I
needed, even though I had not been assigned to him. I credit most of the positive experience
I had in chemistry and the chemistry department to him. In addition, I learned more in Dr. Bill
Collier's Instrumentation class than probably any other chem class I took. Two wonderful
professors who were easy to approach, helpful, and great teachers. That could not be said of
Dr. George Thyvelikakath who, although a superb and excellent teacher, was not very
approachable nor sympathetic to me or my father as I tried to get advisement to graduate. I
do not wish him any harm--he is a good man--I just did not have very many good
experiences in his presence. Unlike Dr. Smentowski or Dr. Collier who gave me great
experience both in chemistry and on a personal level. The wing, and sister wing, system at
I understand communication between departments has improved tremendously since I was a
student, that's great! My biggest frustration was being sent back and forth between Student
Accounts and Financial Aid because their computers did not agree with one another...I was
the paper runner! It is my understanding that this has gotten better and that registration as a
whole is running infinitely smoother in the past few years.
I loved the campus and was able to stay in the nicer dorms. However it was the student body
and the faculty that made my college experience so positive. The role models of Christian
character and a Biblical worldview made learning a pleasure and not a problem for a growing
There was a lot of paperwork and signatures and processes for getting ANYTHING done and
it became laborious and frustrating. Having people who can streamline processes and are
cross-trained so as to be able to provide the most assistance to someone at one time without
having to send them to other offices several times over. Having better inter-office
communication will greatly assist everyone so that processes between offices flow without
duplication or complication. The best thing is to have more processes require fewer visits to
an office, but make sure that any person-to-person visits that happen are maximized,
efficient, and effective for everyone involved. Having better mattresses and the options of
bunkbeds to allow more options for use of space in rooms would be REALLY nice. Doing
whatever is necessary to allow personal fridges in rooms will be a hugely appealing
modification for students who can't or don't want to rely solely on the cafeteria food for their
nutrition. Finding a way to make the cafeteria a place that students can gather and study and
work together or talk while not in classes without having to swipe a meal for every entrance
ORU was everything I could have hoped for.
My experience @ ORU includes the time & energy spent attempting to be involved as an
alumnus. This has been HORRID!!! This institution does not provide traditional liberties
afforded alumni of typical universities, especially those that receive federal funds. Alumni
who do not ascribe to the dominant school of thought regarding social issues ARE NOT
WELCOMED ON CAMPUS, NOR ARE WE AFFORDED THE OPP'Y TO DONATE
ACADEMIC LITERATURE TO THE CAMPUS LIBRARY TO COMPENSATE FOR THE
SHORTFALL OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO CURRENT
STUDENTS/FACULTY/STAFF. I BELIEVE SUCH ACTIONS TO BE BLATANTLY
DISCRIMINATORY AND A HINDRANCE TO THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
OFFERED & BEING SUBSIDIZED BY FEDERAL FUNDS!!!
my professors were excellent, there were many student activities and also opportunities for
christian service while at ORU
I'm forever grateful that I attended ORU!
Graduate Housing was a tremendous cross-pollination of professional disciplines. This was
one of the highlights of my experience at ORU. I am thankful for having had that experience.
I am saddened to understand that graduate housing is gone. I would like to see a return of all
of the former graduate schools. I would like to see the School of Theology and Missions be
endorsed by the Methodist Church as well as other historical churches involved in the
Christian Renewal Movement. I would like to see the megachurches support ORU in addition
to their own expansion programs. I would like to see greater theological breadth exhibited in
chapel so students will gain greater awareness of Christ's body in the earth. There is a need
for better communication, access, and centralization of student accounts, registrar, and other
services. Want to see ORU continue in the Oral Roberts tradition of going first class not have
a second class citizen attitude but aspire to do great things.
Great experience and foundation for a very satisfying career!
ORU needs to let the facial hair policy for men go away. Just because someone isn't clean
shaven, doesn't mean they're a sinner. I find it hilarious that almost every picture or
representation of Jesus shows him with facial hair, yet one pays "the wage of sin" for having
such facial hair at ORU. Think of how many Christian males that have chosen other colleges
and Universities just because of this silly policy. I guarantee you that abolishing the facial hair
policy will increase the desperately needed enrollment at ORU.
I hated all the rules, especially curfew. I suppose this is the way the President and his board
of directors wants things run, so i can understand it. But if I had a child, I would NOT send
them to ORU because they would be so sheltered with all the rules. Had it not been for my
stint working with the basketball team, I would not have acquired the kind of street smarts
and life skills to work among non-christians. There is a real world and ORU does not prepare
their students to go out and be a light in the midst of the darkness. You gotta find some way
to let em stand on their own feet, make mistakes, and know that if they mess up, theyre not
gonna be hit with 50 dollar fines left,right and center.
I wish I could do it all over again!
Wouldn't trade it for anything else. I left ORU with the complete package. Mind, Spirit, and
Body. The skills I acquired at ORU have become a way of life for me. I have multiple leases
on life and God is good! I think that while change is good overall, ORU must approach
pressures to conform to secular reasoning and/or what "everyone" else is doing with care.
What I have observed in the "real" world after leaving ORU is that, in spite of it all, people are
still eager to keep company with or hire ORU graduates and seem to have a sense of
trustworthiness with and around ORU students.
If one is not called, don't go.
I loved my time at ORU and am grateful for the experience. I feel like one main thing that
many students don't get is minister and life experience off campus. I hope that efforts will be
made to balance students' lifestyles.
Overall I felt that I had a great basic education and was prepared with the basic skills that I
needed to succeed in my work and push forward. However I did feel like I was not able to
"compete" intellectually with those graduates from secular universities who had courses that
afforded different modes of reasoning and ways of thinking. In other words, it was not until
my doctoral studies that I became intellectually aware of the notions of power and oppression
that prevade American values and institutions and that have affected my education and
lifeworld as a person from a subjugated group. Even as Christians we need to be aware of
these issues and given the knowledge of and ammunition to resist if we are to progress
towards an equitable world with equal opportunities for all--no matter what race, creed,
ethnicity or gender.
I hold two post graduate degrees, an MSW and a JD, I completed my MSW in 9months, I am
now a law partner practicing international law. I had a remarkable undergraduate education
for which I am greatful.
It was one some of the best 4 years of my life and I miss being a student! I'd say ORU's
biggest problems is that they don't equip the students/help the students find jobs after
graduation. It is critical that we improve our job placement office - for all majors. I am
envisioning a time when there will be pages and pages of jobs that ORU grads can thumb
through to find possible jobs. That is the start of getting the students out there to change the
I wish there had been more career counciling and internships available. I really didn't know
how to find a job other than to start at the bottom of the business food chain. After I had been
out a few years I discovered that several companies offer managment training programs for
new graduates. That was news to me and could have given me a boost early in my career.
Looking back, I wish I had known more about opportunities for studying abroad. In my senior
year I found out about some, but it was to late to do any of them. The Summer Missions
program was tremendous while I was there!
ORU was lifechanging and marked my life forever. I wish all kids could go to ORU. I have
recently been through a personal crisis that drove me back to Oral's Seed Faith concepts.
These concepts changed my life, all over again.
The interaction with professors as teachers, mentors, and fellow Christians was fabulous! I
still keep in touch with some of my professors. Note, I was an undergrad 1978-1981 w/ a
degree in HPER (Aerobics emphasis) and minor in Chemistry. So, I have the perspective as
both an undergrad and graduate student.
I am glad that I had to opportunity to attend ORU.
The school set my lifes course in fulfilling God's plan for me.
As an International student with a family, my experience at O.R.U. was life changing. On
return to my home country and my next stage in ministry life, I have drawn upon this
experience many times.
It is a one of a kind school that provided a one of a kind education. Both of children have
attended and my third plans to attend.
Graduate students are treated like second class citizens by the administration. The school
Administration is more geared, and aimed to the undergraduate level.
There was not then and still is not now any place like ORU. It is unique and a wonderful
place to experience college.
I love ORU. I loved my time there. Spritiually it was amazing and the teachers were hands
down the best in the business. However I graduated with a degree that is useless and no one
ever gave me job direction or even suggestion. There was so much focus on "going into
everymans world", but no one ever really talked about what that looks like in real life. Maybe
tell students this is how you can get a job in every man's world, or, great if you want to
persue music but you will need a additonal education to get a paying job in every man's
world. Being an ORU grad has not been looked on favorably by potential employers for
myself or my husband who graduated with a degree in Electrial Engineering.
I wish I knew what I know now back then.
I really enjoyed ORU. I met great people! I thought having Christian professors was great.
Some took a personal interest in the students. I thought that the opportunities for spiritual
development through Friday night communion, Sunday night Vespers, chapel, floor
devotions, missions, etc. were excellent.
AWESOME! I am planning to send my 4 kids there
Long-distance learning can be enhanced greatly by the use of blackboards and electronic
My experience at ORU was AWESOME!!! definitely, life changing. I am glad God allowed me
to be a part of the ORU experience.
The few times I was ill at ORU I could never get in to see the physician. I only tried a couple
of times, but on one occasion I had developed diabetes and didn't realize it until after I left
ORU. Security is terrible. Not because it lacks security but because ORU security wastes its
time busting students for stupid things while the basketball and baseball teams run wild.
Because ORU is a "bubble" it doesn't give students many real world experience. It does not
train them to go into the world as Oral Roberts was allegedly told by the Lord. It only
prepares them to work in the "Christian world." HPE is a waste of time. I understand the Mind
Body Spirit thing, but it was still a ridiculous waste of the 20-thousand plus in school loans I'm
currently paying back. To sum things up...I feel I could have received an education that
would have landed me the same job if I went to a state school. I also feel I would have
become a stronger christian had I not attended ORU. Instead I became disgruntled with the
church in America, thanks in part to all the bull-shit that goes on at this university. Yes I said
bull-shit. God Bless
I think the amazing thing is at ORU was the perfectly preserved world of higher education
that was started before the cultural revolution of the sixties came to college campuses. It was
as if it was an almost untouched rellic from the sixities, the era when it was started, and
because of that I recieved a great classical education--something that probably does not
exist in this day and age in universitise accross the country with all their political correctnes.
Please keep that. I know the school was in turn-around when I attended--getting out of debt,
trying to resturcture, and make much needed physical improvements to the univeristy
campus, so we used all the same old stuff from the origins of the university. However, it
seems that most of those issues have been addressed and the shool is physically in good
repair there are modern aminities that a majority of college campuses have. However, that
isn't what is truly important, I know to materally obsessed Southerners were when I went
there (sorry, I was very materialistic as well when I went to ORU. It is a curious line that
would love to see how it is being walked at ORU presently--the spiritual and the material.)
Please see important notes above that could further distinguish the learning environment
near the campus.
Wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
Quality of professors was outstanding--people who had accomplished a lot in life, not
necessarily in the field they were teaching--well-rounded, well-grounded people it was an
honor to know.
Thank goodness you changed the food plan from making students pay for 3 meals a day and
unlimited. I wasted so much money everytime I went home or out to eat by in effect paying
double by paying for the cafeteria also. Changing the dress code was good too, I just wish
you'd have changed these while I attended. Do not change the min requirements for Bible
courses. That's why you go to ORU. If you take that away, you're no different than the Univ of
Tulsa, except for chapel.
I treasure the education more today than I did while attending ORU -- in fact, I purchased
some of the materials (Francis Schaeffer's "How Shall We Then Live" video series) and have
lead a study with it in several small groups.
ORU library isn't useful at all. The chapel services are great! It would be nice if they got off
for Good Friday.
The atmosphere was conducive for a positive growth experience for me. I would send my
Chaplain program was excellent from 99-03. ORU needs to recognize individual schools-
especially in the area of the arts (i.e. theater productions, film festivals, art shows, etc.) The
arts were "ignored" a lot when I studied at ORU, which is too bad because I now teach 20
elementary students, as well as 100 highschool theater students- and I have a lot of
influence! :) But keep up the good work in all the other areas- especially spiritually. You have
no idea what my education has meant to me. Never compromise! Thank you!
wish the med school hadn't closed right in the middle of my second year
I feel I had an excellent education at ORU. I think my overall experience was good
preparation for my future.
Brother/Sister Wing System was the glue that held everything together for me.
I enjoyed my years at ORU. My education at ORU has allowed me to succeed in my
profession. Great Accounting Professors
my I only complaint was the distaste left with me when accused of lying pertaining to
attending chapel and it was insisted I pay a fee, I missed once, so happened last semester
there, did not leave a good impression of place professing of christians
We found the food services inflexible..a mandatory charge (took out a loan and paid for
years for services not available), yet not available at times needed due to student schedule
and need to work. Dean Boyd was not helpful or sympathetic..Both he and his wife seemed
biased to help their own people of color and not so inclined to help those of caucasian
ORU did not expose me to enough of 'real life' experiences. After graduation it felt like I left a
'saftey bubble'. A place where someone told you where to be when (curfew) what to wear
(dress code)and it wasn't flexible no matter the circumstance. Tulsa winters are so cold to me
(and I'm from here) and we had to wear skirts-I suffered misearably walking to classes. It just
made me hate dressing up nice. I even wear jeans or slacks to work now. You don't even
have to wear a dress in the symphony anymore. I'm glad R.Roberts changed the dress code.
Also, when I went to graduate school to pursue a Masters in Music performance it was
amazing to see how much better other universities prepared musicians for 'real life' situations
(and work) verses ORU where they are too kind, sweet, and forgiving when it comes to what
is expected in the area of music. I have been really disappointed with how low the standards
have been within the music department and how there have been minimal (or no)recruiting
efforts. There also seems to be minimal scholarship opportunities for musicians. I would think
that a university that promotes worshipping with music would have a much stronger and well
My responses should be interpreted in light of the fact that after leaving ORU I earned an
MBA and switched careers from communications to business.
The faculty were superb! It is unfortunate the medical school had to close.
What most prepared me for my current career was the opportunity to study abroad in French
for 2 semesters, transfering 28 credits upon my return. This specialized knowledge made up
for the lack of resources at ORU. It provided me with an education in my discipline which was
far superior to graduates of other schools. That flexibility was the key in preparing me for the
My overall experience at ORU was very positive and rewarding.
It was excellent! What meant the most for me was that it was a safe environment. I had
already been in a college system where there was plenty of freedom, and I was about to
drown in it. I needed structure and a place where I could be instructed and encouraged in my
walk with the Lord. ORU provided that. At ORU I was shown a better way and given a place
where my life could be what God intended for me. I shudder to think what my life would have
been like without ORU. ORU was truly a life saver!
I had a wonderful time while at ORU. My first year was a little hard adjusting, but having my
brother helped as well as the brother/sister wing program.
TELECOM AS A MAJOR IS WHAT I WISH I WOULD HAVE TAKEN.
I would not trade it for anything in the world.
My parents lived about two hours away my Freshman year. I went home on the weekends
frequently. During the summer following my Freshman year someone from ORU called my
roommate to ask her if I was really going home or going out to party. I assure you, I did not,
even once, go out partying. The fact that they called my roommate looking for trouble was a
real turn off. This is just one example of how I feel people in authority over the students
mishandled their position. I would not encourage my children to attend ORU. Not because I
think they would not receive a fine education, but because I would not want them to endure
some of the abuse of authority I experienced.
ORU was great, I know that was where God wanted me to go to school - but most of the
skills I have now, I learned on my own. I went to Tulsa Tech for two years before I came to
ORU (while I was still in high scool) and I wound up tutoring other students at ORU because I
had already done most of the projects we had in class - so it was really just a repeat for me.
In some cases, I was even farther advanced than the class level that was being taught. That
is not the case for all classes, but in most of the graphic design or desktop publishing
classes, I was beyond the level being taught. My favorite class was fundamentals of design
2d, Mr. Branston is a GENIUS! That was an amazing class, if there was one class I'd take
over and over again, it's that one! I wouldnt mind even taking it again now! He should get an
award for that class - it will change your world!
Faculty were dedicated and excellect in general. ORU prepared me to be competetive in
Grad school and on the job. Registration was manual process and very inefficient in the
Very prepared academically, physically, and spiritually upon leaving the school. That was
what it was all about. As a principal in the Tulsa area. I try to hire as many ORU student
teachers as possible. They are often so much better prepared and well-rounded than other
local colleges and universities.
Overall, ORU is exellent.
I believe that ORU sets their students up for failure in the "real world" by requiring their
Juniors/Seniors to live on campus. There are many challenges and pressures that
accompany an Undergraduate once he/she graduates. I believe that these pressures are
compounded, in that the students are having to learn how to function and live again in a
social setting that doesn't provide the basic neccesities/securities of life, that they have been
so accustomed too on a daily basis. If upperclassmen had the option to live off campus, I
know that the transition period between graduating, finding a job, a place to live and a new
social life, to name a few things, would be a lot easier to grasp.
Educationally, my experience at ORU was excellent. On the spiritual/life development side, I
found (at the time, and still upon reflection) that the attitude of the Student Life professional
staff was heavy-handed and oppressive. The over all experience was not condusive to my
development as a well-functioning adult. I would be very hesitant to recommend a student to
go to ORU.
I loved my time at ORU. It not only was a great school for education but was a lot of fun. I
met a lot of great people and appreciate my experience. I loved the fitness side of ORU as
well. It is important to always stay in your best shape, I loved the fact that you had to dress
up, some days it was a drag but it prepares you for going to work. I loved my time there!!!!!
I loved it and would do it again. I intend to send my kids there!
My experience at ORU was outstanding. Even though I am not working directly in the feild in
which I received my degree, I still use many of the skills that I learned. My time at ORU was a
none at this time.
I believe ORU is a great school. I believe the key word is Opportunity. ORU has alot to offer.
A student's friendships, attitude, outlook, and involvement is a vital key to the time they will
have as a student. No place is perfect. ORU definitely isn't, but it can be a training ground for
great character, leadership, and development of relationships.
Very good school in the paperwork. But I went back for help in job placement, connections
there and other schools jobs 3 different times and received no help, nor leads, nor did they
fallow up on any requests for help in job connections. A total dead end, also lost my resume
Though I am VERY grateful that I attended,I loved/hated my experience at ORU!!! I know
that it was God's will and plan for me to be there and He used achievements and failures to
help me to grow...in Him and in the person that I am today as well as the servant of Christ
that I'm continuing to become... I wish that I had had more direction and that someone older
and wiser...had counseled me, guided me, taken me under their wing, helped me along in
this walk-- like the body of Christ is supposed to... we are human, but we are also in this
together and personally I feel that when you are "strong", "walk by faith" and "trust in the
Word" you're not necessarily taken seriously when you reach out for help. Support and
intense/extensive training for leadership needs to be put in place and evaluated periodically!
My experience in graduate school was proof that ORU prepared me for my career field way
beyond the degree of preparedness my grad school classmates received from their
respective undergraduate programs
My experience at ORU was of utmost importance to prepare me for what was to come in my
life. Even though I graduation so many years ago, I have always credited my success as an
educator & musician to the education & experiences I had at ORU. My Christian walk was
solidified during college & has been a mainstay in my life ever since. I look back with
appreciation & gratefulness that I attended ORU. I credit ORU for my successes in my career.
ORU should offer more computer courses that are relevant to the student's major. For
example, my major was social work. I could have benefited much by taking a course in
SPSS. Lastly, a collaboration between ORU and other universities in the city should be
formed, so that we would have access to their libraries for research. My research project was
a nightmare, because I could not find adequate sources at ORU's library.
Excellent experience at ORU - heaven on earth!
Loved the chapel services. Loved the look and feel of dress code.
My biggest regret about attending ORU was that I was not prepared to manage my life apart
from the rigid structure that the ORU environment provides. I felt at a total loss when I was
suddenly immersed in the world's culture with no support system after 4+ years of Christian
The greatest experience was going on missions with ORU to Poland and then to Juarez,
Mexico. I believe that every student should experience mission before graduation.
My best experiences with ORU involved the student life. My experience in student leadership
through the RA program has helped me tremendously since graduation. There are many
incredible Hall Directors, Deans and Professors at ORU that pour out their very lives for the
students. These individuals need to be compensated much better. Unfortunately the school
is run by a hierarchial family, and not higher-ed professionals.
I truly had a wonderful experience at ORU with the exception of very few negative things.
Dean Wessman was a very negative and annoying woman and I am SO glad to know she is
not in command of nursing anymore. She needed to go! Dr. Jezek was wonderful and I'm
sure she is wonderful as dean. I surely hope the dorms have been updated, they were in
rough shape. The nursing program itself was excellent and all the varied hospital
experiences helped me tremendously in my work in different areas. I'm so glad to hear also
that the dress code for nursing students has been changed - it was basically a joke and
rather sad that in 1990 we walked around looking like that - it was embarrassing. It made
ORU look bad. I'm glad that has changed. Someone got a clue! I met my husband at ORU -
he loved his time there also and we plan to send all 3 of our children!
A great asset to my career and very helpful with financial aid/work program.
Please take the time to educate students on personal finance and basic "life" skills. Many
students face huge debts and don't know how to cope. Thank you. I loved ORU and
everything it did for me. I'd do it all over again and plan to send my kids in the future.
I like that you required all students to have health insurance, and that you provided a low cost
alternative for us. It was the first time I had ever had health insurance, and I have never been
without it since. Also, I wish that I had gotten more into the physical fitness requirements.
This was always my weakness (and it still is). ORU was a wonderful experience for me, and
my 13 year - old son is now making future plans to attend.
It was fantastic. It provided me with a great foundation to continue enhancing my personal
and professional life. My spiritual life was greatly enhanced at ORU. I met my wife at ORU. I
have 2 degrees from ORU. My time at ORU continues to pay dividends in my life and I am
grateful to that. Thanks!
It took a number of years to get my degree. During that time I saw many positive changes. It
would have been beneficial to have more visiting speakers in the higher courses that could
effectively share and equip one for their chosen carreer.
Excellent, dedicated faculty
I loved the fact that ORU provided lots of on campus activities as I did not have a car to drive
off campus. My time there was especially enriched by Vespers and Friday night communion.
I loved the interaction with faculty and staff and enjoyed being invited into their homes for
The hardest part for me was the Computer knowledge area and leaving with a non-realistic
idea of interacting with "non-believers" which is most of my days.....
ORU tends to ignore their graduate students, especially students in graduate theology. The
education I recieved at ORU was invaluable, it helped me shape my spiritual and theological
perspective on life. However, ORU did not prepare me for a career in ministry. I was pretty
much dropped. 11 years later and I am not in ministry. I actually had to go back to school to
get another Master's degree in 1997, which I finished in 1999. I am gainfully employed in that
It was a wonderful experience spiritually, attending CHANGED MY LIFE. I don't believe that
the staff are adequately prepared to assist miniorities in many ways, and that can be quite
uncomfortable to those who are in the miniority. I think that the school administration needs
some training in handling ALL TYPES of people and the circumstances surrounding those
people. BUT, I love ORU and Chancellor Roberts, and wouldn't change my being there for
anything, Go Eagles!
ORU was a blessing for me, it really was. It developed my character and that still holds me
up to this very moment. I wouldn't trade anything I've gone through from ORU. I'm not
pushing curfew in any way, but when the men got hit with the sudden curfew notice during
chapel, (i didn't like it) it taught me submission....Thanks for everything O-RU (2003 grad,
Having attended two state schools and ORU, I would state without reservation that the
educational experience I received at ORU was head and shoulders above either of the the
other two schools. The recognition that life education is more then academic/ mental, but
slso includes spiritual and physical considerations as well. The faculty at ORU knew and
cared for me as an individual. They did not just want to see me succeed, but to excel. The
contact I have had with current faculty shows me that the same attitude still prevails in the
present staff. This is a unique university founded with a strong vision and standing by it's
Except for a very few people whom I met there (including professors and trheir courses),
ORU was a very sad experience.
I value my education and experieince at ORU, and I care much for its continued growth and
success. If there is one hinderance to that success, it would be the President and his spouse.
ORU is run like a monarchy, and as an organization it is dangerously inefficient. Alumni
giving is so low because they don't trust the Roberts' leadership with thier money. Most
alumni love ORU and want it to be great, but many students leave with no pride in the
university. Many feel that they are not the focus of the leadership, but only their money to
further the personal agenda of the Roberts (TV shows and crusades that benefit the students
in no way.) ORU is a wonderful place but it could be great with better management and
stronger student morale.
I loved my time at ORU. I'm a little concerned about the future direction. Academically, my
experience at ORTV was great. My Spanish minor was a waste of time -- my high school had
a better program.
My experience at ORU was a highlight of my life. The consequences have been positive and
Since graduating, I've come back after an almost 15 years' hiatus. A LOT of these areas
It was a very positive experience and I am very thankful for the time I had there.
When I attended ORU as an undergrad, I hated my major of music but didn't have the
confidence I needed to change majors. However, I absolutely loved ORU and my experience
there. My unhappiness with music being my major had NOTHING to do with the music
department - they were wonderful. I just knew I didn't want a career in music. But, because I
hadn't prepare in high school to go to college and I did have vocal talent, it was the only
major at that time that I thought I was smart enough to complete. However, as I graduated
and started a career for a major mutual fund company, I realized I was smart enough and
intelligent enough to learn in areas that weren't my natural talent areas. I was promoted
frequently in that corporation. Even though I was successful, I wasn't happy. My heart had
always been to teach kids. I finally quit my job and went back for an education degree. I
started at a local state school, but ended up going back to ORU to complete my education
training. I cannot say enough great things about the education department at ORU and the
level of excellence in training I received from the education faculty! It absolutely prepared me
I am pleased with the education I received at ORU. The academics were rigorous and have
I loved my time at ORU. Not only did I gain an education that I am proud of, I also made life-
long relationships. It was an experience well worth the time, work, and money.
Take better care of the facilties
I had an amazing experience as a student, both socially and academically. Met my wife of 35
years, a number of lifetime friends, and solidified my relationship with God. Would have liked
to have left with greater research skills recognizing that PCs and the internet didn't exist yet
(Why do I feel old?). Unfortunately I'm not proud to say I'm a graduate of ORU due to its
reputation. Other Christian schools don't seem to have this same problem.
I would suggest more group dynamics/small group interaction for Theology/commuter
students. Seems like more opportunities to network and interact were needed then 1990's.
I am terrifically satisfied with the education and experience I had while at ORU. I had
opportunities to study music (at extra expense of course) which led to experience Tulsa
Opera corus. I am also grateful that ORU prepared me for life as well including developing
spiritual disciplines such as Bible study and church membership. The discipline of regular
physical exercise has also proven to be very valuable.
I felt the chaplain program and counseling services were better when I was a student then
they are now. (I have children at ORU now) I would have answered differently regarding
humanities and oral com as a student. Now further down the road, I more fully appreciate the
general ed courses and education I recieved at ORU. I'm not sure that students can give full
feed back regarding the courses while they are students. Your greatest resource is your
professors and other employees. There were quality people working at ORU when I was
there. That made all the difference.
My biggest challenge as a new ORU graduate was that I had no off-campus mentors and
was NOT prepared for independent living. My first year out of the safety of the ORU nest
featured way too many "free-falls". I had no clue about how to manage in "the world". In
retrospect, I think it would have been healthier for me to have lived in something like
graduate housing my senior year without a curfew, with more versatile options about how to
access campus food services and gradually increasing responsibility for myself. In real life
there was no SAGA, and I had to plan my own meals. I had to write checks, manage money,
sign rental agreements, buy & service cars, acquire insurance and file income taxes. I think it
would have been beneficial to have learned some of those things in the context of the ORU
community and to have eased more gradually into adulthood. I hope some of these ideas
have already been incorporated into student life in the 2000's. These are experiences that I
needed to be successful and have tried to mediate for my own adult children.