Oakwood University

Huntsville, AL 35896
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Oakwood University is one of the twenty-one private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in Alabama. The campus is located in an urban area, in Huntsville.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 1,711 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 368 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 258 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 70%). Every year 47% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Oakwood University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $15,714, and fees were $1,006. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $15,714 and $1,006 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students1,711
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Seventh Day Adventists
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate70%

Nursing Programs

The Bachelor of Science Nursing generic program at Oakwood is meant to train students who desire to become Registered Nurses. The program runs for four years, key emphasis is on both general and nursing knowledge. A four semester program that ensures a student has a total of 132 hours upon completion.


Due to the competitive nature of the BSN Program, admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the Program. The requirements include: university cumulative GPA 3.00 or above on a 4.0 scale, ACT composite score of 17 or above, or SAT composite score of 840 or above, satisfactory completion of developmental courses, identified by low ACT/SAT scores, “C” (2.00) or above and demonstrated reading level at 12th grade, as indicated through diagnostic testing by the Center for Academic Success (CAS).

Anybody having two failures (C- or less) in the hard sciences (biology, chemistry) or two failures in previous nursing course is not eligible for admission to the nursing program. To make students excellent in their professional careers as Registered Nurses, Oakwood’s curriculum is integrated in a unique manner.

Applicants are advised to consult the Department of Nursing Advisor for more guidelines.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 5 13
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 76.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1958 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
03/01/2005 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT890 to 1100
ACT17 to 22
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $100

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$678/credit
In State Students$678/credit
Out of State Students$678/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$537/credit
In State Students$537/credit
Out of State Students$537/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $30,510 $30,510 $30,510
ADN 70 $47,460 $47,460 $47,460
BSN 125 $84,750 $84,750 $84,750
FNP 50 $26,850 $26,850 $26,850
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Oakwood University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 56% $4,500
Other Federal Grant 14% $1,579
State Grant & Scholarships 14% $1,568
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 92% $7,264
Federal Student Loans 70% $5,378
Private Loans 5% $12,532


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$24,317
$30,001 to $48,000$24,763
$48,001 to $75,000$25,907
$75,001 to $110,000$29,725
Over $110,000$25,673

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.
Oakwood University
7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville, AL 35896

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