About the College
Henry Kendall College was founded in 1882 in Muskogee, Indian Territory, as a School for Indian Girls, and in 1894 took the name Henry Kendall College. In 1907, the year of Oklahoma statehood, Kendall College moved to Tulsa, with an endowment of $500 donated by Mrs. William Jennings Bryan. The University of Tulsa was born in 1926 when McFarlin College for fine arts was added. From 1894 to the present, there have been twenty-one (21) Presidents and Deans who have served Henry Kendall College. Today Kendall College remains the liberal arts core of the University of Tulsa, having the largest undergraduate and graduate enrollment at the University. Our facilities include ten buildings housing departments, classrooms and labs, in addition to the new state-of-the-art Lorton Performance building.
We offer majors in the fine arts, social sciences, humanities, and in Communication Disorders, together with many of the general education courses required for all students. In addition to traditional liberal arts majors like English, Music and Political Science, we offer several interdisciplinary majors such as Chinese and Film Studies along with Women's and Gender Studies. There are many interdisciplinary minors and certificates too, such as Advertising, Creative Writing, and International Studies.
Our undergraduate students are truly remarkable. They continue to win many nationally competitive awards, including Marshalls, Trumans, Fulbrights, Udalls, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation Award.
Our faculty has written more than 230 books and has won numerous state, national and international awards and honors. The College currently edits six scholarly or literary journals, and our students edit one as well. A late member of the College faculty has the distinction of having been the second woman to serve in the United States Congress and the only woman ever to represent the people of Oklahoma in Congress, until this millennium. Additionally, we have a faculty member with a planet in another solar system named after him.
Kendall College students are educated to be citizens of a global community with emphasis in research, writing and creativity. Moreover, they are prepared to enter the workforce; our Graphic Art department boasts a 100 % placement record for its graduates.
Our alumni works are familiar to many. They have produced and directed movies such as the Harry Potter series, written books like The Outsiders, and owned and managed companies like Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Tulsa World. They manage community organizations such as the Arts Council of Tulsa. They have contributed works of art to nationally known museums and have composed and recorded classical, jazz and rock music. Our alumni perform on stage, on screen and in the classroom, practice law and manage companies from coast to coast and beyond. An alumnus of the College helped create and write the Americans with Disabilities Act. Each year we welcome a new class of increasingly stronger students to the University of Tulsa and pledge to help them fulfill their dreams.