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Science & Engineering Profile

The University of Tulsa is a top 100 private university known nationally for its undergraduate research opportunities, compassionate faculty, small class sizes, and leading academic programs.

Located in the heart of Tulsa, Oklahoma, TU is home to world-class mentors and groundbreaking research initiatives that invite students to participate the moment they step on campus. Many of these projects become life-changing experiences not only for students and faculty but also for the off-campus community, local and abroad, who benefit directly from meaningful research.

Earlier this year, students in the Make a Difference Engineering (MADE at TU) program designed and constructed a mobile cooking center that allows children with physical and developmental disabilities to complete fun and safe cooking tasks in a real kitchen. Other TU students are building a tricycle prototype fabricated specifically for physically challenged individuals.

Studying abroad, students have conducted research in the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica, studied nanotechnology in the NanoJapan program, and installed solar water heaters for villagers in Bolivia.

The Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) is an exclusive TU initiative emphasizing scholarship, community service, and independent research. TURC student research projects have involved Internet attack modeling, designing sensors for agents of chemical warfare, and improving fiber-optic capabilities to detect oil-water boundaries in oil production.

In the evolving world of Internet security, TU is well respected nationally for its Cyber Corps program that trains some of the country’s elite digital security experts to defend the United States against cyber threats.

Several specialty undergraduate research programs are available every summer for those majoring in Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics. Students often present their research findings at national conferences, and many have been published in academic journals.

As a TURC participant, Caleb Lareau (BS ’15)  focused on the genetic basis of complex diseases. His discoveries earned him many research awards, including the Goldwater Scholarship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and acceptance into the Research Internships in Science and Engineering program, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service.

At TU Lareau also participated in the NOVA Fellowship program, coordinated the University’s annual Service Day, and received a US Presidential Volunteer Service Award. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in Biostatistics at Harvard University. 

Students like Lareau who seize the opportunities they’re offered at TU easily transition to professional settings in rewarding careers or graduate school. They regularly win national scholarships and awards for outstanding leadership, academic, and research achievements. TU students have received 62 Goldwater Scholarships, 66 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, 18 Fulbright Awards, five British Marshall Scholarships, and nine Udall Fellowships. 



• Total enrollment: 4,671
• Undergraduate: 3,478
• Graduate and law: 1,193
• US minority students: 18%
• International students: 25%


Petroleum Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Exercise/Sports Science, Nursing, Management, Biology, Accounting, Psychology, and Finance


• ACT average: 29; ACT mid-50%: 27–32
• SAT average: 1260; SAT mid-50%: 1150–1440
• 73% of students graduated in the top 10% of their class.

• Average GPA: 3.9


• Tuition: $40,484
• Room and board: $11,116
• Fees: $1,025
• Total: $52,625


• Nickname: The Golden Hurricane
• NCAA Division I
• Member of American Athletic Conference
• Men’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, football, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, tennis

• Women’s sports: Basketball, crew, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Points of Pride

McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering: Renowned program that employs cutting-edge technology and conducts research for top global energy corporations


Institute for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: Current projects include neuroinformatics and algebraic models of cell behavior


Institute for Information Security (iSec): Provides data protection for private companies and utilities


Make a Difference Engineering (MADE at TU): Design and fabrication projects that assist local individuals with physical and developmental challenges


Cyber Corps: Training for advanced cyber security operations with federal agencies


• Biochemistry (BS)

• Biogeosciences (BS)

• Biological Science (BS or BA)*: Options in Pre-dentistry, Pre-medicine, and Pre-veterinary

• Chemical Engineering (BS): Options in Environmental Engineering, Materials, Petroleum Refining, and Pre-medicine

• Chemistry (BS or BA)*

• Computer Science (BS)

• Computer Simulation and Gaming (BS)

• Earth and Environmental Science (BA)*

• Electrical and Computer Engineering (BS)

• Electrical Engineering (BS)

• Engineering Physics (BS)

• Geology (BA)

• Geophysics (BS)

• Geosciences (BS)

• Information Technology (BSIT)

• Mathematics (BS or BA)*

• Mathematics, Applied (BSAM)*: Options in Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, and Environmental Science

• Mechanical Engineering (BS)

• Petroleum Engineering (BSPE): Minors available in Chemical, Environmental or Mechanical Engineering, and Geosciences

• Physics (BS or BA)*



• Biological Science

• Chemistry

• Computational Sciences

• Computer Science

• Mathematics

• Physics



• Computer Science

• Information Technology


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