A Guide to Colleges and Universities in Tulsa ok

Tulsa is the second biggest city in the state of Oklahoma, with close to one million residents in its metropolitan area.  Tulsa is home to more than a dozen separate institutions of higher learning.

The University of Tulsa (www.utulsa.edu):

The University of Tulsa’s 200-acre campus is located 2 miles east of Tulsa’s downtown core.  The University of Tulsa’s roots go back to the late 19th century.  Its history dates back to the founding of the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls in 1884.  The Presbyterian School for Indian Girls was a small boarding school located in Muskogee, Indian Territory.  In 1894 the school was renamed Henry Kendall College and became an institution of higher learning.

Henry Kendall College moved to the new town of Tulsa in 1907, the same year that Oklahoma became a state.  At that time Tulsa’s economy was booming due to the thriving oil industry.  Several years a new college was proposed for Tulsa.  Since Tulsa was not big enough to support two colleges, however, it was decided that the proposed college and Henry Kendall College would be combined under the new name ‘The University of Tulsa’.  As a result the University of Tulsa came into existence in the 1920s.

Today the University of Tulsa (TU for short) is an accredited private university that offers bachelor, graduate and doctoral degrees.  It has an enrolment of more than 4,000, with about 3,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

Oral Roberts University (www.oru.edu):

Oral Roberts University was founded by evangelist Oral Roberts in 1963.  Oral Roberts University is an inter-denominational Christian-based university.

Oral Roberts University is located south of downtown Tulsa, on a 263 acre campus.  More than 5,000 students attended the institution in the 2006-2007 school year.

Oklahoma State University at Tulsa (www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu):

Oklahoma State University has campuses in different communities in Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa.  More than 3,000 students attend the Oklahoma State University in Tulsa.

Rogers State University (http://www.rsu.edu/):

Rogers State is a four-year public university that offers a variety of bachelor and associate degree programs.  Rogers State University is located in Claremore, which is about 25 miles northeast of Tulsa.  Rogers State has two other campuses in Bartlesville and Pryor.

Rogers State University was founded in 1909- two years after Oklahoma became a state.  Rogers State University was founded by the Oklahoma State Legislature as the Eastern University Preparatory School in Claremore.  The official mission of the new university was to prepare the children of local Native Americans, farmers, and ranchers, to attend other institutions of higher learning.

The Eastern Preparatory School was closed in 1917.  Two years later it was reopened as the Oklahoma Military Academy.  In 1971 the Military Academy was replaced by the Claremore Junior College.  Enrolment grew rapidly, from 477 in 1971 to over 3,000 in 1982.  In 1982 the college was renamed Rogers State University.

In the fall of 2010 there were more than 4,300 students enrolled in Rogers State University.  Rogers State University is the only public, four-year university in the Tulsa city area.

Tulsa Community College (www.tulsacc.edu):

Tulsa Community College (TCC) was founded in 1970.  TCC is the largest 2-year community college in the state of Oklahoma.  About 27,000 students attend TCC every semester.

Langston University (www.lunet.edu/):

Langston University is a historically black institution of higher learning located near to downtown Tulsa.

The Tulsa area is home to several different institutions of higher learning.  Tulsa has two public state universities, a private non-denominational Christian university, a community college, a private university, a historically black college and a variety of other types of institutions of higher learning.