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University of Tulsa

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104
(918) 631-2000
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School Information
TU is a student-centered research university that cultivates interconnected learning experiences to explore complex ideas and create new knowledge in a spirit of free inquiry. Guided by our commitment to diversity, equity, and service, we prepare individuals to make meaningful contributions to our campus, our community, and our world. With 4,000 students, TU is Oklahoma's top-ranked private university and a "Best Value" among all U.S. universities. Research opportunities start the moment students step on campus. Innovation and entrepreneurship are emphasized in equal measure with foundational coursework and design-thinking exercises. Through collaboration and commitment, the TU community generates prosperity, cultivates justice and serves others. Most students live on campus near the heart of Tulsa. From concerts and speakers to club meetings and intramural sports, hardly a day goes by without activities. Game days are special, too. TU’s Division I athletic teams include football, basketball, soccer and more. In fall 2020, more than $15.8 million in financial aid was awarded to incoming TU freshmen. Internship experience is plentiful, and alumni report a 93% placement rate within six months of graduation. Graduates of TU also enjoy the highest earning potential among all Oklahoma universities, according to
General Information
The University of Tulsa’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion authored an extensive “Diversity Action Plan” to advance the principles of DEI. In the Plan, the University commits to funding grants for diversity projects, creating diversity training initiatives for students and faculty, recruiting and retaining more minorities, and establishing courses on multiculturalism and intersectionality. The University requires a three-hour “Human/Cultural/Gender Diversity” course of all students to learn about race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender’s societal impact. See developments below.

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Under the "Diversity Action Plan," TU is committing to "Recruit and Retain a Diverse Undergraduate, Graduate and Law Student Body." This same goal is set for faculty recruitment.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Under the "Diversity Action Plan," TU is committing to the "continued enhancement of diversity initiatives and grants to incentivize new projects." The goal is to instill an "institutional focus on diversity."
  • Under the "Diversity Action Plan," TU plans to "develop diversity training initiatives and programming for students." It adds that it will "establish mandatory diversity training as a professional development program for TU staff as well as faculty and search committees."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • TU requires a three-hour "Human/Cultural/Gender Diversity course" for all students." The curriculum lists that it will allow students to learn how "race/ethnicity/gender/sexuality impacts individuals, groups, and societies." See below for course offerings.
  • Under the "Diversity Action Plan," TU says it "must ensure that its curriculum and environment support diversity and inclusion and that the University's communications reflect its diverse campus community." It continues, "Although TU does offer some diversity-themed courses, the University can strengthen existing courses with diversity themes and topics while also developing new courses that address complex multicultural issues. TU must also implement and incentivize courses and programming around such topics as diversity awareness, intersectionality, and cross-cultural competence, among others.
  • The school requires one “ human/cultural/gender diversity course” as part of the “Human/Cultural/Gender Diversity Requirement.”
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On February 4, TU's Chevron Multicultural Resource Center hosted an event called "Black History Month: Social Justice Through the Lens of the Black Panther Party." The event's guest speaker was Elmer Dixon, president of Executive Diversity Services and former Black Panther Party member. Dixon "co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968."
Program and Research Funding
  • Under the "Diversity Action Plan," TU promises to "Develop grant funding for new diversity and inclusion activities overseen [and] awarded by a broad-based university committee."
  • TU released an extensive "Diversity Action Plan" with a "Diversity Statement" advancing an "environment of equity and inclusion that values diverse life experiences, ideas, and perspectives."
  • The University of Tulsa has numerous Multicultural Organizations.
  • On April 25, 2023, the school hosted the Annual Diversity Awards Banquet.
  • On September 30, 2022, the university hosted an event for “Unconscious Bias in the Classroom: Fostering an Inclusive Classroom Culture for Faculty and Students.”
Symbolic Actions
  • In September 2021, the University of Tulsa received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
  • The University of Tulsa has a diversity pledge which states, “I pledge to welcome and embrace people of individual identities and be an active bystander against disrespectful and exclusive behavior.”
Last updated October 23rd, 2023
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