Location & Contact Information

7000 Adventist Boulevard NW
Huntsville, Alabama 35896
Main Phone: (256) 726-7000 or (800) 824-5312
Main Contact: Fred Pullins

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Oakwood University

     Oakwood University, a historically Black Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning, provides quality Christian education that emphasizes academic excellence; promotes harmonious development of mind, body, and spirit; and prepares leaders in service for God and humanity.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 1850
Graduate Population: 0
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $14966
Out of State Tuition: $14966
Room & Board: $9510
Applications Due: June 30th ($20)
Mascot: Ambassadors
Accreditations: ACBSP, NCATE,
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 42%
Percent Women: 58%

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Majors Offered

School of Arts & Sciences
-English & Foreign Languages
-Math & Computer Science
-Psychological Sciences

School of Business
-BS Accounting
-BS Finance
-BS Management Information Systems and Organizational Management
-BBA Health Care Administration
-BBA Human Resource Management
-BBA Management
-BBA Marketing

School of Education & Social Sciences
-Elementary Education
-English Education
-Mathematics Education
-Social Sciences Education
-Vocal Choral Education
-Music Instrument Education
-Religious Education

School of Nursing & Health Professions
-Allied Health
-Health & Exercise Science
-Nutrition & Dietetics

School of Theology
-BA Ministerial Theology
-BA Pastoral Care and Pre-Chaplaincy
-BA Biblical Studies and Languages
-BS Church Leadership
-BS Religious Education
-MA Pastoral Studies

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Intramural Sports, Radio Station, Student Newspaper
College History
     Oakwood University, which began as an industrial school, was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1896 to educate African-Americans in the South. The school was erected on 380 acres purchased during the previous year for $6,700. Additional property secured in 1918 nearly tripled its land holding. The school underwent several name changes over its history:

• 1896 – Oakwood Industrial School
• 1904 – Oakwood Manual Training School
• 1917 – Oakwood Junior College
• 1943 – Oakwood College
• 2008 – Oakwood University

     Several principals served the school until it achieved Junior College status and elected its first president, James I. Beardsley, in 1917.
     In 1943, Oakwood received its first accreditation as a junior college, having already begun the process of achieving senior college status. Fifteen years later, in 1958, it was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was voted in June, 2001. In addition, continuing accreditation by the Adventist Accrediting Association was granted in April, 2001. Student enrollment and graduation statistics have grown significantly since Oakwood’s inception. When the school first opened in 1896, there were 16 students. By 1917, there were more than 100 students. Enrollment peaked at 200 in 1927. Enrollment first topped 1000 during the 1974- 75 academic year. Enrollment for Fall 2006 was 1771.
     The first graduating class in 1909 numbered five. Nine years later (1918), the first two graduates of Oakwood Junior College received degrees. The first senior college graduating class (Spring, 1945) consisted of nine students. Twenty-eight years later, in 1973, the first class in the history of the college to exceed 100 members graduated (124). The first graduating class in excess of 200 finished just nine years later in 1982. The graduating class of 2008 is the first class to graduate under the University status, totaling 315 members.
     Oakwood University has a beautiful natural setting on 1,185 acres of prime land. It is considered one of the historical landmarks of the city of Huntsville, a cosmopolitan city of approximately 175,000 people located in north central Alabama. The university prepares students from across America and from many other nations to serve God and humanity in a variety of positions and careers. Close to 60% of the culturally diverse faculty hold doctorate degrees from a wide range of universities and colleges around the nation and world.
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News and Upcoming Events at Oakwood University

NYC's Times Square marquee features Oakwood University!
If they timed their Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Christmas/New Year's Eve activities in New York City's Times Square precisely, an estimated 986,000 dail ...
Introducing: Miss UNCF of Oakwood University 2013-2014
Monica Spencer, a junior English major from Bermuda, was crowned Miss UNCF 2013-2014 on December 8, 2013, in a ceremony at the Oakwood Industries Buil ...
Oakwood President Awarded Medallion at Alabama A&M
Prior to speaking to the 142nd graduating class of Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University on December 8 at the Von Braun Center, Dr. Leslie Poll ...
Oakwood's accreditation reaffirmed!
"Oakwood University receives reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools," excitedly reported President L ...
Adult & Continuing Education welcomes new employee
The Office of Adult and Continuing Education welcomes Ms. Pamela Henry, Assistant Director for Academic Quality Assurance . Ms. Henry comes to ...
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