TU Points of Pride


Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences
Collins College of Business
College of Engineering and Natural Sciences
College of Law


TU is in the top 100 among national doctoral universities in U. S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of America's Best Colleges.

Princeton Review has named TU as one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” private colleges and universities, saying TU is "among the lowest-priced selective, independent institutions in the nation." The publication also praised TU's high quality academics across all disciplines.

TU students have won numerous competitive national scholarships and fellowships: 57 Goldwaters, 50 National Science Foundation, 15 Fulbrights,11 Phi Kappa Phi, 11 Trumans, 9 Udalls, 9 Gilman, 7 Department of Defense, 5 British Marshalls (including the first received by an Oklahoma student in 27 years), and 3 USA Today All Stars. View the complete list of TU scholars.

TU's 2013 freshman class had a mean cumulative grade point average of 3.8, and 74 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. 49 are National Merit Scholars. Their average ACT is 28 and the mid-50% is 25-32. The average SAT critical reading plus math is 1250 and the mid-50% is 1140-1380.

Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge allows students as early as the freshman year to get involved in advanced research with faculty members as mentors.

The University of Tulsa's Cyber Corps Program trains elite squadrons of "cyber warriors," who work within the U.S. government and military to protect and defend America's critical infrastructure.

The City of Tulsa and the University of Tulsa share a partnership to preserve and advance Gilcrease Museum, one of the country's best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. The museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West, including an unparalleled collection of Native American art and artifacts, as well as thousands of historical documents, maps and manuscripts.

TU is one of 150 colleges to be included in the Colleges of Distinction, a web site and guidebook that were developed by parents, educators and admissions professionals to "provide consumers with the best possible information about higher education."

TU students placed among the top five teams during the three-year Challenge X competition to reduce automobile pollution and improve energy consumption. The students transformed a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox into a diesel-electric hybrid vehicle.

Collins College of Business is one of the few private business schools in the region accredited by AACSB International -- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this accreditation.

Moot court teams from the TU College of Law perennially have strong performances at prestigious national competitions against the highest levels of competition.

The Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences is home to five major journals including the James Joyce Quarterly, Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose, Russian Studies in History, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, and Lithic Technology.

Since joining Conference USA, TU athletic teams have won more conference championships than any other member school. Our student-athletes have earned conference championships in football, women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, softball, volleyball, men's and women's golf, and men's soccer.

TU has joined the ranks of distinguished universities named Truman Honor Institutions. The award was presented by Louis Blair, executive secretary of the Truman Scholarship Foundation at the University's 2005 convocation. Since 1995, eleven TU students have received Truman Scholarships.

Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to five major journals including the James Joyce Quarterly, Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose, Russian Studies in History, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature and Lithic Technology.

The James Joyce Quarterly, The University of Tulsa and Brown University co-host the Modernist Journals Project, an online archive that adds past issues of various modernist texts from McFarlin Library's Special Collections and other libraries to its Web site of early 20th-century periodicals. The Project recently received additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

For the past 17 years, the Department of English and the Department of Languages have directed the annual NEH-funded Comparative Literature Symposium. Recent topics have included "Crossing Borders: 21st-Century Writers in the Americas in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish," "The Original Avant-Garde: Revolt, Tradition, Legacy," and " Towards a Unified Framework in Developmental Linguistics."

The Mary K. Chapman Center for Communicative Disorders serves individuals and families from all socioeconomic groups with speech, language and hearing services, including the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinic, the Assistive Technology laboratory, the Aphasia Support Group, the Cochlear Implant support group, and Animal-Assisted Therapy.

Dr. Barbara Santee, TU sociology alumna, received Oklahoma ACLU's Angie Debo Civil Liberties Award, that is " . . . given annually to an individual whose actions during the year or throughout a lifetime have helped to preserve individual freedom in Oklahoma."

Titan: Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Abuse, & Neglect, a new interdisciplinary research program includes research scholars Lara Foley, sociology; Joann Davis and Elana Newman, psychology; and researchers from the College of Law and School of Nursing. For their first project, the researchers will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of SANE, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program located in the Tulsa Police Department. The evaluation will include psychological, medical, forensic, legal, professional, and community indicators.

Noted Russian poet and activist Yevgeny Yevtushenko, a member of the TU English faculty, had his childhood home in Siberia restored as a museum of poetry in July 2001. Yevtushenko has toured in more than 90 countries, and his works have been translated into 72 languages.

More than 25,000 artifacts are being analyzed at The University of Tulsa under the direction of Anthropology Professor Donald Henry, who received a National Science Foundation grant for archaeological research in Jordan to test current theories of the earliest domestication of animals. Henry, several TU students and collaborating researchers mapped the 8,500-year-old site of Ayn Abu Nukhayla in 1999 and conducted large-scale excavations in 2000 and 2001. The analysis of artifacts - ranging from pollen to bone fragments - involves more than 20 scientists from 13 institutions and five countries.

Garrick Bailey finalized editing Indians in Contemporary Society, vol. 2. of the Handbook of North American Indians published by the Smithsonian Institution. This is the final volume to be completed in the 20-volume series.

Robert Hansson's book, Bereavement in Late Life, was published by the American Psychological Association.

During the past year, the Department of Psychology has been awarded research grants totaling $655,979.00.

Arts and Sciences students provide graphic design services to Tulsa-area nonprofit organizations through Third Floor Design, a student-run graphic design agency. The students serve real-world clients while acquiring a professional portfolio.

Each year, The J. Donald Feagin Distinguished Visiting Artist program helps TU create a dialogue between high-profile visiting artists, TU students and Tulsa's public by bringing noted writers and artists to campus. Guests have included Nobel Prize winning novelist J. M. Coetzee, actor and film director Tim Blake Nelson, and composer David Amram.

The Ruth Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist Program allows internationally recognized artists to provide classroom and individual instruction to undergraduate and graduate art students. The 2006 Mayo Visiting Artist was William Bailey.

Collins College of Business

In 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine ranked TU #55 among the nation's top business schools, #31 among private business schools and #6 among business school sin the southwest.

TU graduating Business students performed at the 95th percentile (out of 618 other schools) in the ETS Major Field Test. This program tests business students in all of the functional business areas.

Less than one third of business schools in the United States are fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. TU is the only private institution in Oklahoma with that distinction.

Undergraduate programs offer a bachelor of science in business administration (BSBA) degree with majors in accounting, economics, energy management, finance, management, management information systems, and marketing. A joint Bachelor of Science program in international business and language (BSIBL) includes four years of language study in French, German, Spanish, Russian or Chinese. Also included are health science programs leading to a BSN in nursing, BSAT in athletic training and BS in exercise and sports science.

Graduate program offerings include: MBA, Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Accountancy (MAcc), and Master of Energy Business online (MEB). Joint programs can be pursued between: MBA/MSF, JD/MBA, JD/MSF and MSF/MS in Applied Math.

The graduate level faculty to student ratio is 1:11. Undergraduate business classes average 25-29 students.

The International Business and Entrepreneurship Institute is a gateway to the "real world" of international and entrepreneurial interdisciplinary ventures for graduate and undergraduate students.

The energy management program is one of only five such university programs in the United States and the only one offered at a private institution.

The Genave King Rogers Business Law Center supports the business law specialization within the management major and provides students with resources and guidance in business law issues. An informal survey of professionals in the Academy of Legal Studies in Business revealed that The University of Tulsa is the only institution with a center devoted entirely to business law education.

TU finance students actively manage the Student Investment Fund, a portfolio whose value exceeds $2 million. In addition to providing real-stakes, real-dollar financial management experience, the fund provides earnings that subsidize scholarships for business students.

Friends of Finance is an organization of business professionals, TU alumni, and supporters of the Collins College of Business. Eight times a year, our Executive Speaker series brings leading executives to the TU campus to share their knowledge and explore important business issues. Recent speakers include executives from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bank of America, Sara Lee Corporation, Southwest Airlines, Quik Trip Corporation and The Boeing Company (just to name a few!).

The Williams Risk Management Center is a state-of-the-art learning environment integrating trading floor technology with a graduate program focused on financial theory and the practice of risk management in the energy industry. The center is a joint venture with The Williams Co., Inc., the world's leading pipeline engineering and construction firm that produces, gathers, processes, and transports clean-burning natural gas.

The School of Accounting and Management Information Systems hosts the statewide Conference of Accountants each year, which features distinguished national and international speakers on current trends and issues in the field of accounting.

Two Fulbright Fellowship grants were recently awarded to the Associate Dean in the Collins College of Business and a TU business graduate (BSIBL & German) who has just finished his MBA. They spent a semester in Hungary and a year in Germany, respectively, continuing research about how Germans, Hungarians, and Romanians live in Transylvania and comparing how different ethnic groups interact across neighboring countries. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, provides funds for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools abroad.

The TU team was awarded 4th place at the District 10 competition of the American Advertising Federation. The team of nine TU Business students and nine Arts & Sciences students created a campaign for Coke Classic.

The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE); TU had the first accredited athletic training program in Oklahoma.

The Exercise and Sports Science Program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), which identifies qualified college and university programs with an emphasis on anaerobic conditioning.

The college's networking and communications lab provides a full-featured environment where students gain experience designing, installing and administering networks, as well as developing business applications and using them to complete assignments. The lab puts student teams into the same kinds of end-to-end provider-client relationships they will face in the working world.

The Williams Student Services Center opened in August 2008 to better serve the students in the Collins College of Business. Funded by a generous donation from the Williams Companies, academic advisors for undergraduate and graduate students work with the Director of Business Career Development to provide academic and career advising.

College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

TU is ranked among the top four petroleum engineering graduate programs in the U.S. News & World Report's 2008 rankings of America's best graduate schools. Students from all over the globe seek the faculty expertise and unmatched facilities for petroleum engineering at TU; in fact, the department hosts students and faculty from 25 countries.

TU has one of the country’s most recognized institutions for information security in the fight against cyber crime and has been designated by the NSA as one of its Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. TU is also one of a handful of institutions qualified to participate in the federal Cyber Corps Program, which trains elite squadrons of computer security experts to form the country's first line of defense against global cyber threats.

TU operates the world's largest research flow-loop, which simulates the drilling of a well at any angle.

The 37,000-acre Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, a refuge for American bison, serves as a living laboratory for students and faculty in chemistry, chemical engineering, geosciences and biological sciences. Research topics at the preserve, located about 65 miles north of TU, include the impact of brine spills and crude oil contamination on soil and pond ecosystems.

Every year, students at The University of Tulsa have the opportunity to work on summer projects at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the world's leading scientific research facilities. A special agreement with TU created a research and educational program, including internships, that enables students to gain research experience early in their academic careers. Each student who is accepted is assigned a Los Alamos scientist or engineer as a mentor.

TU has one of the strongest pre-med programs in the region with an acceptance rate well above the national average. Over the last eight years, TU students who have gone through the pre-med program have had a 78 percent acceptance rate into medical schools.

Several specialty undergraduate research programs are available in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences including the Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP), the Geosciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (GSURP) and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Physics (SURPP). These programs also offer pre-freshman and undergraduates the involvement in research needed to jumpstart their academic and professional careers.

TU computer science professor John Hale and former faculty member Gavin Manes developed a patented system for closely imitating digital media files on peer-to-peer networks. In 2005, the University sold its rights to the digital anti-piracy method to Overpeer, Inc., a leading provider of anti-piracy services to major record labels, film studios, game publishers and software companies.

TU's Petroleum Abstracts is the world's leading source of information about published knowledge related to oil and gas exploration, production, transportation and storage. Petroleum Abstracts began publishing in 1961 and its publications continue to represent significant scholarly and research contributions for the petroleum industry.

TU's Indoor Air Quality Program, which investigates the health effects of indoor air pollution, has worked with school districts from 13 states and 25 counties for solutions to schools' air quality problems, including a district in Mississippi hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since 2003, more than 1.5 million students and school staff have been a part of TU’s research on indoor air quality.

TU was one of only 17 universities invited to compete in the prestigious Challenge X engineering competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. Each team received a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox and a $10,000 grant to develop a crossover SUV that increases fuel economy while retaining consumer-friendly and fun amenities. In 2007, the TU team earned National Instruments Most Innovative Use of Graphical System Design Award for their programming of the vehicle's computers that monitor the team's hybrid auto design.

The College of Engineering and Natural Sciences supports four of TU's interdisciplinary institutes: The Institute of Nanotechnology, The Institute of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, The Institute for Biochemical and Psychological Study of Individual Differences, and The Institute of Alternative Energy.

TU's North Campus facility is like no other university research facility in the nation. Its field-scale petroleum facilities allow students to better perform experiments and practice new technologies in an accurate testing environment. Research projects at North Campus have generated millions of dollars and hundreds of innovative solutions to problems faced by the industry.

The college has strong partnerships with the energy industry and manages 14 research consortia and joint industry projects with companies like Chevron, Shell, Halliburton, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips.

TU’s Hurricane Motorworks has a long history of producing award-winning alternative fuel and efficient vehicles:

  • In 2008 TU students built a vehicle that gets 337 miles per gallon and won first place at the Supermileage fuel economy competition for best design proposal.
  • TU's Challenge X team won 13 medals at the 2008 competition. The reengineered SUV runs off of a biodiesel motor and a removable hydrogen fuel cell.
  • From 1998–2002, TU has won the American Tour de Sol contest twice and come in second three times with its hybrid-electric vehicle – known as the "Paradyne."

TU professors and students have developed a patented process that creates batteries so small that 240 of them can fit across a human hair. At this tiny scale, improvements are possible to greatly increase battery capacity for use in anything from cell phones and laptop computers to fuel cells that can generate electricity in remote locations.

College of Law

In Spring 2011, the TU College of Law advanced 13 spots compared to the previous year in a nation-wide ranking of law schools in the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools." TU is now ranked 110 out of 188 schools. This year's jump comes on the heels of a 24-spot improvement in last year's ranking, making an increase of 37 places over two years.

As of February 15, 2011, employment statistics were robust for recent graduates, in spite of a slow U.S. economic recovery. Of 132 graduates from the classes of December 2009, May 2010 and August 2010, 92.4 percent – 122 graduates – are employed. Three graduates (2.3 percent) are enrolled in another full-time degree program. Of the 122 graduates who are employed, 87.7 percent are in a position where a law degree is preferred or law license is required (69.7 percent law license required, 18 percent JD-preferred).

TU graduates are performing well on the Oklahoma bar exam. In July 2010, 90% of those taking the exam for the first time passed, and 82% of the total number taking the test passed. In February 2011, 100% of first-timers passed, and 86% of the total passed.

Of the 146 new students arriving in Fall 2010, the median Law School Admissions Test score was 155, and the median grade-point average was 3.3, making it the law school's most academically qualified class in comparable history. Just ten years ago, the median LSAT score was 147, and the median GPA was 3.05.

The College has recently overseen dramatic facilities improvements. The College upgraded the technology in the Price & Turpen Courtroom, which dramatically improved the quality of audio and video capability for classes, mock trials, speeches, symposiums, and videoconferencing, better enabling law students and faculty to interact and dialogue with audiences beyond Tulsa. Following the Courtroom upgrade, John Rogers Hall was transformed into a modern, student-centered building, both functionally advanced and aesthetically refined. The renovation includes interior redesign of the public lobby, classrooms and corridors, new restroom facilities, lockers and administrative areas. The redesign increases the law school's competitive edge, enhances student learning, helps faculty recruitment, and contributes to the future high standing of the College.

TU law students successfully compete with students from around the nation. Two students are finalists for the Presidential Management Fellowship Program, a prestigious leadership development program for advanced degree candidates; two students won the National Best Brief Award and captured third place overall in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition; and another student recently completed an internship in the U.S. Tax Court. Our students secured highly competitive and coveted clerkships with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and the Connecticut Superior Court. The Department of Justice offered one student a spot in its Summer Law Intern Program. Students do internships at top companies such as ConocoPhillips and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Through its Native American Law Center (NALC), the College offers a Native American Law Certificate for its J.D. students, as well as an LL.M. in American Indian Law. The College has full-time professors who specialize in Native American Law, and there are opportunities for students to work with nearby tribal governments. In partnership with Concord Law School of Kaplan University, the TU College of Law now offers an Online Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law.

With knowledgeable, active energy law professors; a certificate program in Resources, Energy and Environmental Law; and several energy employers located in the city, state, and region; the College has infinite possibilities in energy law. The College co-publishes the Energy Law Journal along with the Energy Bar Association and the Year in Review of the ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. The College also maintains an active liaison with the National Energy Policy Institute (NEPI), a non-partisan and non-profit organization dedicated to researching all aspects of energy policy and disseminating those research findings to policy makers and the public.

The Chesapeake Scholars Program, a partnership between the College and Chesapeake Energy, allows the College to strengthen its recruitment of students interested in careers in the oil and gas industry. The program supports student scholarships and curriculum enhancements, and Chesapeake's support promotes the mission of NEPI.

In the five years since TU law students began representing clients in the Boesche Legal Clinic as part of the Immigrant Rights Project, more than 60 clients have been granted some form of legal immigration status and many more clients are waiting to have their petitions decided.

The field placement program offers students enhanced opportunities to gain on-the-ground practice experience. Students may receive up to 12 hours of law school credit for such opportunities. Under the enhanced field study placement program, students do for-credit internships at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa, the U.S. Office of Veterans Affairs, the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia (at The Hague, Netherlands), public defenders' offices, state and federal legislative staffs, as well as numerous federal and state courts throughout the country.

The College is a gathering place for great legal minds to share their ideas and experiences, thereby enhancing the scholarly and professional lives of students, faculty, and the Tulsa legal community. In March 2011, the Honorable Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel and former Attorney General of Israel, headlined the Tulsa Law Review Legal Scholarship Symposium.

In addition to writing books in their various areas of expertise, faculty continue to publish regularly in outstanding publications, such as the Stanford Law & Policy Review, the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, the Michigan Law Review, and the Emory Law Journal.