The University of Tulsa (TU), which grew out of Henry Kendall College, dates back to before Oklahoma became a state. The university is historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Nowadays it is a leading private research institution with a focus on liberal arts, sciences and engineering disciplines.
With an acceptance rate of about 40%, the school is nonetheless fairly selective; almost three quarters of freshmen are in the top 10 per cent of their high school class.
TU campus is spread over 200 acres and is home to a diverse population of students representing 73 countries around the world. A variety of multicultural organizations and committees which organize food stands, festivals, lectures and social events.
The university offers many community engagement programmes to foster relationships between students and locals and address community issues. A unique agreement allows TU to manage the Gilcrease Museum in the city which contains a huge collection of American Western art and The Bob Dylan Archive.
Many colleges are leading the way with innovative research, including Kendall College of Arts and Sciences which supports psychology research into sleep and pain tolerance; Oxley College of Health Sciences where researchers explore concussion effects among footballers; Collins College of Business which teaches energy management courses; the College of Law which offers renowned programmes in both Native American Law and sustainable energy law and the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences where students can train to prevent cyber-attacks.
Like many old institutions the university has its unique traditions including bell-ringing when students complete their final exam and a homecoming bonfire. Led by a strong president, a visionary Board of Trustees and dedicated administrators, The University of Tulsa continues transformative growth that has seen an unprecedented rise into the ranks of the top 100 national universities.
The university is highly ranked. In 2016, U.S. News National University Rankings placed it the 86th. Forbes America's Top Colleges 2016 ranked UT the 209th. UT is also ranked No. 4 among petroleum engineering graduate schools for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.
The University of Tulsa counts a number of distinguished individuals among its alumni, including current Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, New York School poet Ted Berrigan, The Outsiders author S.E. Hinton, voicemail inventor Gordon Matthews, Golden Girls actress Rue McClanahan, radio legend Paul Harvey, Cherokee Nation Chief Chad "Corntassel" Smith, US Congressman and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent and Brazilian billionaire businessman Ermirio Pereira de Moraes.
Currently there are seven colleges and departments at the University of Tulsa:
The most popular majors by the number of registered students are petroleum engineering, finance, mechanical engineering, psychology, accounting, business administration and management.
In 2011, Tulsa's Collins College of Business was ranked the 33rd in the country among undergraduate business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek, based on a student survey. It was ranked the 20th by a survey of recruiters. The most recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek financial aid ranking placed TU at No. 1 in terms of providing meaningful student aid for business students.