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Why choose Oakland?

  1. OU is home to major research institutes and centres addressing a broad range of interests and industries.
  2. OU's campus, which encompasses 1,443 acres, includes trails and biking paths and two nationally ranked golf courses.
  3. Alumni include David Hasselhoff, actor Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), and many US politicians.


Quick Facts:

Location: Rochester, Michigan

City Population: 12,711

University Population: 20,169 students

Climate:  Humid continental climate which is influenced by the Great Lakes. Winters are cold, with moderate snowfall, Summers are warm to hot.

Nearest Airport: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport



Oakland University was initially under the banner of Michigan State University as Michigan State University–Oakland. It opened in 1959 with 570 students and three buildings. Today Oakland provides a distinct educational experience with flexible class schedules and state-of-the-art facilities, student services, research labs, internships and research opportunities with corporate partners.

More than 2,000 students live on campus in a variety of residence halls, student townhouses, and university apartments. Campus life is enhanced by more than 200 registered student organizations, ranging from cultural and religious groups to Greek organizations.

The university's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Golden Grizzlies.