We know that your student has a lot of options and information to sift through when it comes to choosing a university. If we could sum up the top reasons why Oakland is a first-choice university, it would be:
1. Location, location, location: Situated in the heart of Oakland County, Oakland University has the connections to make career-enriching internships happen and commuting is a breeze. The campus is 1,443 acres of woods and meadows chock full of history, culture and athletics fields (including golf and disc golf).
2. Learn from the best: Unlike larger state universities in the Midwest, less than one percent of OU's classes are taught by graduate students. Nearly 95 percent of our tenure-track professors hold doctoral degrees.
3. Choices: Take your pick from more than 130 undergraduate academic programs. There are also more than 200 active student organizations (and growing) to get involved in — from Spanish to long boarding.
4. Research: We're serious about undergraduate research and the opportunities it provides. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies OU as one of the country's doctoral research universities.
But don't just take our word for it. We encourage you to visit campus with your student. Tour our campus. Talk to our admissions staff. Meet the faculty. Speak with current students. VISIT »
For many students, college is the first experience in managing all the details of their daily schedule, work schedule and financial matters. You can help your son or daughter learn to handle these adult responsibilities by:
- Encouraging them to participate in any application for financial aid.
- Suggesting they create a file exclusively for important college papers such as report cards, notes made during an advising appointment, payment receipts, award notifications and copies of submitted financial aid forms.
- Reinforcing the importance of writing down the name and phone number of whoever helps them. This is important when a follow-up call becomes necessary.
- Encouraging them to make their own dental, medical or other appointments. This teaches them how to make calls, negotiate dates and times, and most important, how to ask for help if information is unclear.
- Reinforcing that they are totally responsible for following dates and deadlines and for managing their affairs. Helping your son or daughter develop good personal management habits in the first semester will increase his or her confidence and will teach the skills necessary to be a successful adult.
Through the process of clarifying their academic, career and other lifetime goals, students respect and appreciate when parents:
- Exhibit patience, tolerance and support when they change directions
- Identify their strengths, limitations and potential, and allow them to make final decisions
- Communicate genuine understanding and/or agreement about the final major or program selected
Student stress usually peaks around exam time. It can seem overwhelming, especially in December, when students are trying to squeeze in holiday gatherings. You can help them through this stressful time by:
- Encouraging your son or daughter to share his/her exam schedule with you in advance so you know what to expect
- Limiting or altering family expectations during the days preceding an important exam
- Encouraging your son or daughter to maintain healthy eating and sleeping habits
To assist students in career planning, parents should encourage students to:
- Take classes applicable to more than one career or life direction
- Participate in campus and community organizations
- Participate in community service
- Frequently visit academic advisers and the Career Resource Center
- Take classes to enhance communication skills
- Seek opportunities to interact with others who are not like them
- Study abroad or complete internships
- Study a second language
- Be alert. Your safety depends mostly upon your own attitude and actions. Practice common sense and avoid putting yourself in a situation likely to make you a victim of crime.
- Report unusual activity. For police, fire or medical emergencies, you may contact Oakland University Police Department by calling 911 from an on-campus phone or by calling 248-370-3333 from any other phone.
- Use any of the blue light emergency call boxes throughout campus. Push the button to be connected directly with the Oakland University Police Dispatch Operations Center.
- Use the buddy system. While on campus, use the “buddy” system. There is always safety in numbers, and at all times you should walk with someone, especially after dark.
- Stay in well-lit areas. During the evening hours, walk along illuminated pathways. These well-lit sidewalks are frequently patrolled by members of the OUPD.
- Call for an escort. During fall and winter semesters, when the "Safewalk" program is in effect, call the OUPD at 248-370-3331 and request a Service Aide escort when walking alone at night.
- Park in well-lit areas and lock your doors to discourage would-be thieves from breaking into your car.
- Keep valuables at home. If you live in University Housing, try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables to campus.
- Always lock your doors. Whenever you leave your room for any reason, take the time to lock the door behind you.
- Be able to positively identify your belongings. Make a list of all valuable items with model and serial numbers. Keep a copy in your room and one left at home will make recovery of lost or stolen property much more likely. Items without serial numbers can be marked with an electric engraving tool, available for use from the OUPD.
- Stop Accidents From Escalating (S.A.F.E.) with these driving habits:
- If you can, avoid driving in bad weather, such as during rain, sleet or snow.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Refrain from eating, drinking or using a cell phone while driving.
- Posted speed limits are for optimal conditions. Adjust your speed accordingly.
- On surface streets, use a three second gap while following another vehicle.
- Use a five second gap for a following distance on highways.
- Avoid erratic or abrupt lane changes and signal before you change lanes.
- While traveling, scan the area ahead of you for potential hazards.
- Where possible, visually scan intersections before you enter them.
- Check your blind spots before changing lanes or backing up.
- Do not assume the right of way is clear when someone waves you through.
- Where possible, visually scan intersections before you enter them.
- Allow yourself extra time to arrive at your destination. BE PATIENT.
- Do not engage in traffic altercations.
If you practice the crime prevention tips mentioned above, there is a very good chance that you will not become the victim of a crime. With your help, we can continue to make Oakland University one of the safest communities in Oakland County.