Oakwood University

Oakwood University

Oakwood College came to be known as Oakwood University in 2008. It was founded in 1896 as the Oakwood Industrial School. Established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it became the Oakwood Manual Training School in 1904, and was renamed Oakwood Junior College in 1917. In 1943, the name was changed to Oakwood College. The current university campus sits on 1,185 acres in Huntsville, Alabama.

Oakwood University offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs in the fields of pastoral studies, business and information systems, history, music, nursing, math, and computer science, among others. Students can also opt for the Master of Arts degree in pastoral studies.

Oakwood University's student population includes representatives from around 40 states and 30 countries worldwide. The students participate in sports like basketball and football. The men's basketball team is known as the Ambassadors, while the women's team is called the Lady Ambassadors. They are members of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, and the men's basketball team won the National Championship in 2008.

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Contacting Oakwood University

Oakwood University
7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville , AL 35896
General Phone: (256) 726-7000

Oakwood University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Science43biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, natural sciences, chemistry
Business and Management42business management, non-profit management, accounting, finance, marketing
Therapy and Counseling27psychology, counseling psychology, organizational psychology, physical therapy
Liberal Arts26French language, Spanish language, English, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, international relations, history
Family and Social Work24family and consumer science, family studies, social work
Education and Teaching23elementary school teaching, English teaching, family/home economics teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social science teaching, biology teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy14health and physical education, health and fitness, occupational therapy, dietitian
Media12communication studies, mass communication, journalism, photojournalism, public relations
Religion and Philosophy12religion, religious education, theology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine11registered nursing
Medical Administration8health care administration
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science, information technology, computer science
Music5music, music theory and composition, piano, voice, music management, music pedagogy
Mathematics5mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Medical Support and Technology2health service and sciences, audiology and speech pathology, physician assistant, cytotechnologist, clinical lab tech
Photography and Commercial Art2commercial art, commercial photography
Office and Administration0office management

Number of programs and degrees for Oakwood University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree25761
Associate's degree57

Oakwood University Student Body

Oakwood University is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Oakwood University had a total enrollment of 1,824 students (1,652 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 1%
Black 88%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 38%
20-21 31%
22-24 15%
25-29 6%
30-34 2%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York12%
(International Students)5%
New Jersey4%
North Carolina3%
South Carolina2%
Washington, DC1%

Oakwood University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 25 %

Oakwood University Room and Board (2007)

Oakwood University offers campus housing for 1,260 of its 1,652 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Huntsville, Alabama for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Alabama Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Oakwood University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal410530
SAT Math380500
ACT Verbal1522
ACT Math1519
ACT Composite1621

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT61%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT63%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Oakwood University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 13,174
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,174
Room and board $ 8,438
Room charge $ 3,150
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,308
Books and supplies $ 1,400
Other expenses $ 7,830

Financial Aid:
Oakwood University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 103300)

Oakwood University Faculty

Oakwood University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4036
Non-tenured and not on tenure track34

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$62,3143$61,795
Associate professorcalendar year6$54,4354$53,651
Assistant professorcalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year14$56,7768$55,735

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$57,1256$58,087
Associate professoracademic year17$50,31012$49,421
Assistant professoracademic year18$42,19923$42,061
Instructoracademic year0*2*
All faculty totalacademic year40$47,51243$46,238

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Oakwood University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Physician Assistant

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Pedagogy
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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