The Gift of Music: The Legacy of David DiChiera

David DiChiera, Ph.D., was many things to many people in southeastern Michigan and around the world. A foremost expert on opera, DiChiera brought the art form to Oakland University and Detroit, while fostering the careers of many talented performers. DiChiera died in September 2018, leaving behind a wealth of materials from his extensive musical career, plus a beautiful grand piano. To honor his life’s work, the family of DiChiera donated his personal piano to the OU School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This gift also includes personal papers, compositions, letters and programs that will be accessible to students, faculty and community members through Kresge Library’s archives and special collections.

New dual degree program combines wellness and health promotion with public health

Oakland University’s School of Health Sciences is rolling out an accelerated program that enables students to earn a bachelor’s in Wellness and Health Promotion and a master’s in Public Health in just five years.

Michigan Dance Festival returns to OU campus on Oct. 12

On Saturday, Oct. 12, Oakland University and the Michigan Dance Council (MDC) will co-host the Michigan Dance Festival in Varner Hall on the OU campus.

New online tool helps students evaluate transfer credits

OU has created a new online database that lists transfer course equivalencies for more than 2,000 schools around the state, nation and world.

OU celebrates Disability Awareness Month

Oakland University will celebrate Disability Awareness Month with a variety of events and activities throughout October.

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Campus Tours


Communication, Journalism and PR Night

October 16

Graduate Open House

October 17

Music, Theatre and Dance Day

October 19

Transfer Student Open House

October 24

Education and Human Services Day

November 9

  • Oakland University cultivates the full potential of a diverse and inclusive community. As a public doctoral institution, we impact Michigan and the world through education, research, scholarship and creative activity.

  • Oakland University offers 277 degree and certificate programs with more than 19,000 students currently enrolled. A public university situated on 1,443 acres, OU spans two thriving cities, Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, in southeast Michigan.

    Overachievers thrive at OU. Students conduct research as early as their freshman year, gain global perspectives studying abroad, compete in Division I athletics, lead student orgs, perform on stage and learn without limits.

  • In 1957, Matilda Dodge Wilson donated her estate to establish what is now Oakland University. The estate includes the National Historic Landmark Meadow Brook Hall, which Matilda built with her second husband Alfred Wilson from 1926-29.

    Matilda was inspired by steel pioneer and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, quoting him that she wanted to provide "ladders upon which the aspiring can rise."

  • 143

    bachelor's degree programs

  • 130

    doctoral, master's degree and certificate programs

  • 17

    programs offered in Macomb County

  • 19,000+

    students enrolled in fall 2019

  • 3.5

    incoming freshmen GPA

  • 15.6%

    increase in overall enrollment in the past decade

  • 810

    international students

  • 106K

    alumni with 72% living in Michigan

  • 18

    NCAA Division I men’s and women’s varsity sports programs

  • 40+

    countries where students are studying abroad

  • 300

    student organizations

  • 3,000

    students who live in on-campus housing (19% of student population)