Founding Vision

Oral Roberts University is a charismatic university, founded in the fires of evangelism and upon the unchanging precepts of the Bible. The university was founded as a result of the evangelist Oral Roberts’ obeying God’s mandate to build a university on God’s authority and the Holy Spirit. God’s commission to Oral Roberts was to “Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is seen dim, My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased.”

Mission Statement

To build Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world with God’s healing.

ORU Honor Code

The Honor Code is the central criterion of conduct for all who are a part of the ORU community. It is a concept of personal honor based on the principles of integrity, common sense, reverence for God, esteem for others and respect for social and spiritual laws. It is assumed that a student deemed worthy of admission to the university already exemplifies these integral facets of the Christian character.

In accepting and following the Honor Code, students accept responsibility and discipline, which will enhance their moral and spiritual growth. Such qualities should be an inherent part of the ethical code held by an educated individual. In addition, students are protecting and preserving their own reputations, as well as that of their family and the university.
In signing the Code of Honor I fully recognize that Oral Roberts University was founded to be and is committed to being a Christian religious ministry and that it offers a lifestyle of commitment to Jesus Christ of Nazareth as personal Savior and Lord and as an integral part of its evangelistic outreach. It is therefore my personal commitment to be a person of integrity in my attitude and respect for what Oral Roberts University is in its calling to be a Christian University.
  1. I PLEDGE to apply myself wholeheartedly to my intellectual pursuits and to use the full powers of my mind for the glory of God.
  2. I PLEDGE to grow in my spirit, developing my own relationship with God.
  3. I PLEDGE to develop my body with sound health habits through the required aerobics program and by participating in wholesome physical activities.
  4. I PLEDGE to cultivate good relationships socially with others and to seek to love others as I love myself. I will not lie, I will not steal, I will not curse, I will not be a talebearer. I will not cheat or plagiarize; I will do my own academic work and will not inappropriately collaborate with other students on assignments.
  5. I PLEDGE at all times to keep my total being under subjection from all immoral and illegal actions and communications, whether on or off campus. I will not take any illegal drugs or misuse any drugs. I will not engage in or attempt to engage in any illicit, unscriptural sexual acts, which include any homosexual activity and sexual intercourse with one who is not my spouse. I will not be united in marriage other than the marriage between one man and one woman. I will not drink alcoholic beverages of any kind; I will not use tobacco; I will not engage in other behavior that is contrary to the rules and regulations listed in the Student Handbook.
  6. I PLEDGE to maintain an integrity of openness to God’s claims on my life, and to do my utmost to know and follow His will for my life.
  7. I PLEDGE to attend class, all required chapel services on campus, and to attend the house of worship of my choice wherever God is honored and lifted up.
  8. I PLEDGE to abide by the rules and regulations that from time to time may be adopted by the University Administration. I understand that Oral Roberts University is a private school and I have no vested rights in the governing of the school. I accept my attendance at ORU as a PRIVILEGE and NOT a right and that the University reserves the right to require the withdrawal of a student at any time if in the judgment of the President of the University or of the ORU Disciplinary/Academic Grievance Committee such action is deemed necessary to safeguard ORU’s ideals of scholarship or the spiritual and moral atmosphere of it as a Christian university.
I will keep the HONOR CODE carefully and prayerfully. I understand that my signature below is my acceptance of the entire CODE OF HONOR and completes a contract between me and Oral Roberts University which is a prerequisite for matriculation and becomes a part of my permanent file. Further, my acceptance of the Code of Honor is a solemn vow and promise to God as to how I will live my life.
As essential members of the ORU family, students must clearly recognize that all of us have a desire to further develop and exhibit responsible and mature behavior. That goal is a basic premise of the personal Honor Code.

At ORU, students pledge to endeavor to present a good appearance at all times. In both attire and behavior, students should strive to demonstrate good taste in all instances. The way they present themselves to others is of vital importance to the way others perceive Christ. An individual’s conduct should never be an embarrassment to others but should exemplify the best qualities of a mature and respectful student. The university’s dress code promotes such an attitude.

Additionally, each individual endeavors to maintain high standards in residence-hall living and pledges to avoid theft and the removal or damage to others’ personal property or that of the school. Exemplifying the highest moral commitment, ORU students refrain from profanity, smoking, gambling, alcoholic beverages, dishonesty, illegal drugs and all behavior that might cause Christ to grieve.

As responsible learners, students should make every effort to be prompt to classes, chapel, Sunday worship and all appointments. Classes, chapel and worship services at local churches are all integral parts of the ORU lifestyle.

By providing an example for others in word and deed, each student should encourage others’ adherence to the Honor Code. Students should be sure not to incite another’s violation of the code and should seek to strengthen the bond of trust at every opportunity.

The students and leadership of Oral Roberts University affirm that, regardless of faith, creed or race, all students admitted to the university must agree to uphold the Honor Code and the rules governing ORU.

No time, place or circumstance gives release from the individual’s initial promise. The Honor Code is a way of life, measured by the heart and commitment of each member of the ORU family, and students should regard it as essential to development, not as an imposition or restriction. The registration process is incomplete until students have formally signed the Honor Code Pledge.

Golden Eagle Pride

Oral Roberts University is a Division I NCAA athletic participant and a member of the Summit League. The Golden Eagles have 16 varsity sports: eight sports each for men (baseball, basketball, crosscountry, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer and tennis) and women (volleyball, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer and tennis). Tryouts for varsity sports are held after school starts and are open to all students. Questions regarding varsity sports should be directed to the ORU Athletic Office at 918.495.7151.

ORU’s mascot, the Golden Eagle, is named Eli. His name stands for Education, Life skills and Integrity. University colors are navy blue, gold and white. Blue symbolizes faith in God; gold stands for the riches of heaven, the riches of God and the rewards of a right relationship with God; white represents wholesome living and purity.

ORU History

From the moment people set foot on the campus of Oral Roberts University, they realize it is a one-of-a-kind place, with an array of facetted gold and glass buildings centered around the modernistic cross-shaped Prayer Tower.

ORU was birthed as the result of a mandate God gave founder Oral Roberts to “ Me a university based on My authority and the Holy Spirit.” God’s commission to Oral Roberts was to “Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is seen dim, My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased.” This private Christian liberal arts institution held its first classes in 1965 with 300 undergraduate students. The university dedication took place in 1967, with the Reverend Dr. Billy Graham as the keynote speaker.

Golden Eagles, ORU!
None defeats the GOLD and BLUE!
Victory is just in sight
So come on Eagles
Golden Eagles, ORU!
None defeats the GOLD and BLUE!
Shout it louder
Scream it prouder

ORU Campus Map

Campus Facilities

Residence Halls

1Claudius Priscilla Roberts Hall
Known as “Claudius”

This seven-floor residence for 600 women opened in 1965 and is named in honor of Chancellor Roberts’ mother. Double rooms are complete with well-lighted desks, ample closet space and floor-to-ceiling windows.
2Ellis Melvin Roberts Hall
Known as “EMR”

This seven floor high-rise residence hall for 600 men is similar in design to Claudius Priscilla Roberts Hall. Both residences have an apartment for the Residence Hall Director. The residence hall, constructed in 1965, is named in honor of Chancellor Roberts’ father. The Campus Post Office is located in the south wing, and Student Health offices are in the east wing.
3Frances Cardone Hall
Known as "Frances”

This 12-story, star-shaped building is connected to Susie Vinson Hall. Residents use a common lobby, reception desk and study lounge connecting the men’s and women’s towers. The double rooms are fully air-conditioned and carpeted. Laundry facilities, showers and bathtubs are in the restrooms on each floor
4Gabrielle Christian Salem Hall
Known as “Gabrielle”

This residence hall for 240 women is named in memory of Gabrielle Christian Salem, daughter of Harry and Cheryl Salem. The first and second floors feature in-room bathrooms.
5Michael Cardone, Sr., Hall
Known as “Michael”

A 12-story twin tower, located near and similar in design to the original towers, houses 372 male students in eight stories. This is one of four residence halls connected by a common lobby in the Quad Towers complex, connected to the Wesley Luehring Hall residence for men.
6Susie Vinson Hall
Known as “Susie”

This star-shaped hall, one of the twin towers, houses 244 women in eight stories. The rooms are furnished with built-in desks and drawer space. A common lobby makes this residence hall one of four in the Quad Towers complex.
7Wesley Luehring Hall
Known as "Wesley”

The men’s twin tower houses 244 students in eight stories. The residence hall rooms are similar to those in Susie Vinson Hall.

Other Campus Buildings

Baby Mabee
Television production studios are located in the area adjacent to Mabee Center, nicknamed the “Baby Mabee.”
Burkhart Family Strength & Conditioning Center
This building houses the baseball offices, the Grand Slam Room and a strength and conditioning facility for athletes.
Christ’s Chapel
Christ’s Chapel is the home of the biweekly chapel services and Sunday evening worship services, as well as the Spiritual Formation, Missions, Community Outreach and International Worship Center departments. The Jack H. Kennedy Chapel and Holy Spirit Room are housed in Christ’s Chapel.
H. A. Chapman Practice Facility
The indoor practice facility includes an entire artificial surface infield, complete with pitcher’s mound, bases and two batting cages for baseball. A pole vault area, long jump/triple jump pit and an optional high jump pit will be utilized by the men’s and women’s track programs. The facility is a 35,000 square foot structure.
Hamill Student Center
This 70,000-square-foot student activities center has three levels. The ground level contains Zoppelt Auditorium, Campus Security and the Fireside Room. Upstairs is the main cafeteria, formally known as the Hewitt Dining is the location for Chick-fil-A, Freshëns Smoöthie Company/Green Cuisine, Internet Café, student meeting rooms and student government offices.
Howard Auditorium
The first floor of the golden geodesic-domed fine arts building houses a dance studio and a 1000-seat auditorium as well as a spacious lobby, dressing rooms, ticket offices, set shop and conference rooms. Dressing rooms, storage rooms and TV and sound-control booths are located on the second floor.
J. L. Johnson Stadium
The J. L. Johnson Baseball Stadium, home of the ORU baseball Golden Eagles, has 2,200 chair-back seats, superb lighting for night games, equipment for radio and television coverage and spacious dressing rooms. It also houses the Burkhart Family Strength and Conditioning Center for ORU athletes.
Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center
This two-story, 120,000 square-foot building houses offices for the HPER Department, ORU Golden Eagle Athletics (except basketball and baseball) and Cheerleading. The building has basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts; gymnastic, wrestling and tumbling rooms; a state-of-the-art running track; an Olympic-size swimming pool; and a full weight room and fitness floor, which includes free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, stationary and recumbent bikes, stair climbers and other equipment. The Squeeze offers drinks and small food items.
Learning Resources Center/Graduate Center
The John D. Messick Learning Resources Center (LRC), completed in 1965, encompasses four and one-half acres of floor space and houses administration offices, the library, classrooms, electronic media, laboratories and conference rooms and the University Bookstore. A 458,000 square-foot addition, the Marajen Chinigo Graduate Center (GC), houses the Schools of Business, Arts and Cultural Studies, Science and Engineering, Education, Nursing and Theology and Missions as well as the Undergraduate Admissions, Student Accounts, Financial Aid and Registrar. A description of the library facilities may be found in the Student Services section of this handbook. Maps of each floor of the LRC and GC are posted throughout the building. Those wanting a snack can stop by the Deli, grab a cup of coffee at the Hava Java, pick up a smoothie or something organic from Freshëns Smoöthie Company/Green Cuisine, all of which are conveniently located on the third floor of the LRC or GC.
Mabee Center
The Mabee Center was designed for special events, whether they require a large area for a concert, an intercollegiate basketball game or a small auditorium for concerts or plays. Acoustical curtains can divide the arena into smaller areas, including Johnston Theater, which seats 2,776, and an expanded theater seating audiences over 4,000.

This special-events facility, opened in 1972, is the home of the Golden Eagles and Lady Golden Eagles basketball teams. There are 10,575 deep-cushioned permanent seats for sports events, and 11,763 people may be accommodated for concerts and conventions.

Other facilities within the Mabee Center include lounges, a practice basketball court, dressing rooms, locker rooms, a handball court, Golden Eagles meeting area, mezzanine dining room, a kitchen, ticket offices, press room and television studios.

Events regularly held in the Mabee Center include concerts, conventions, the Miss Oklahoma pageant, ORU’s annual graduation ceremonies, sports events and area high school graduations.
Personnel Building
Formerly known as Moyers Hall, this building houses offices for Human Resources, Payroll, Accounting, Purchasing and other administrative departments.
Praying Hands Entrance/Billy Joe Daugherty Circle
Billy Joe Daugherty Circle is the main Lewis Avenue entrance to the campus. The driveway is lined with flags representing the more than 50 nations from which ORU students come. It was made possible through a gift from Ernest Simpson.

The centerpiece for Billy Joe Daugherty Circle is the bronze-sculpted healing hands. The hands, 60 feet high, were a gift from Herbert and Diane Brown. They were moved to their present site and placed on the beautiful granite base through a gift by Regent Gerald Canning, in loving memory of his wife, Marjorie.
Prayer Tower
Located in the center of the campus, the 240-foot Prayer Tower, built in the shape of a modern-day cross, houses the Prayer Room, an area reserved for students, faculty and staff to spend time in prayer, study God’s Word and take communion. Located on the deck level is a self-guided visual tour of the ORU campus. Since opening in 1967, the Prayer Tower has been a source of inspiration to millions. The Ralph L. Reece Memorial Gardens surround the base of the Prayer Tower. The ORU men’s and women’s chaplains have offices in the Prayer Tower.
Ralph L. Reece Memorial Gardens
The Ralph L. Reece Memorial Gardens, also known as The Prayer Gardens, surround the base of the Prayer Tower. Within the Memorial Gardens, the bronze statues of Jesus and two students depict life at ORU where students come to learn the will of God by sitting at His feet. Beverly Paddleford, designer of “The Master Teacher,” stated that her inspiration came from Matthew 7:24. The gardens were renovated in the summer of 2009 to include more seating, landscaping and water features.
Soccer Field
A lighted, natural turf soccer field used by the men’s and women’s Golden Eagles soccer teams is located directly east of the Aerobics Center.
Tennis Courts
Outdoor tennis courts are located north of the J. L. Johnson Baseball Stadium. These are available for student use, as well as the Golden Eagles intercollegiate tennis teams. Courts are lighted at night and may be used until midnight.
Timko-Barton Hall
This 39,000 square-foot building was one of the first to be built in 1962. In its center, a spacious hall provides a gracious atmosphere and seating for informal events, concerts, exhibits and programs. The south portion of the building houses the university’s Music Department including faculty offices, recital halls and practice rooms. The north end of the building houses Cardone Hall, a musical performance hall, which is used for recitals and special events.
University Village Retirement Center
An alternative to traditional retirement communities, University Village provides a fresh, invigorating atmosphere for seniors. Since the village opened in 1970, ORU students have found welcoming smiles in this multifaceted community located south of the ORU campus.

Learning The Lingo

Aerobic Points
The health points all ORU students keep track of in order to pass health fitness requirements. Your health fitness instructor will explain them in detail.
Academic Peer Advisor, who assists fellow students with academic challenges.
Academic Peer Tutor, who tutors peers in a specific subject.
Literally, Campus Post Office. All full-time residential students are assigned a CPO box number, which becomes part of their mailing address.
Freshman Curfew
The time when you are required to be in your residence hall room, 1:00 a.m. each night, for freshman students.
Weekly wing Bible studies.
The last four digits of an ORU phone number. When dialing from on campus to another on-campus phone, the last four numbers are all you need to use. For example, the Security office’s phone number is 918.495.7750. Those calling from on campus would simply dial the last four digits, extension 7750.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The form students fill out to apply for federal grants and loans.
Field Test
A measurement of fitness level used in all HPER courses. The first semester, students will walk or run 1.5 miles. From then on, the test is 2 miles.
Head APA
Head Academic Peer Advisor who supervises APAs.
Head Chaplain
The person who supervises all Wing Chaplains in a residence hall.
Head Resident Advisor is the person who supervises all RAs in the residence hall.
The Link
Sponsored by the APA program. Group study sessions hosted once a week to promote group study.
Mabee Maniac
Devoted Golden Eagle basketball fan.
On Reserve
Extra class materials reserved by professors. Reserve materials are held at the circulation desk on the 4th floor of the LRC. Materials are listed by the professor’s name and class number.
The Oracle
The ORU campus newspaper. PAC—Personal Access Code. The number you use to dial long-distance from campus phones.
A Resident Advisor lives on each wing or floor of the residence halls. RAs conduct community meetings and room checks, promote wing activities and assist with health care and emergency needs.
The ORU yearbook.
Special weekend when wings go off campus for rest and fun. Many wings take a retreat once each semester.
Visitation Hours
The only time guys can go into the girls’ residence halls and vice versa. It gives students the chance to see each others’ rooms. This is held once a month for the men and once a month for the women. Dates and times are predetermined.
A floor of a residence hall or group of residence hall rooms.
Wing Chaplain
Responsible for wing and coed devotions, weekly Bible studies and wing prayer. The chaplain is a friend who is always available to students on his or her wing for prayer and support.
Wing Function
Any activity planned by your wing or floor.
Z number
This number is your computer-generated student identification number and is provided to you to protect your Social Security number. Be as careful with your Z number as you are with your Social Security number.