Oral Roberts University (ORU), located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the largest charismatic Christian university in the world. Established in 1963, the first students enrolled in 1965.
Founded by evangelist Oral Roberts, the futuristic architecture of the buildings dominates the campus. The main entrance to Oral Roberts University is the Avenue of Flags, which is lined with lighted flags representing more than 60 nations from which ORU students have come. The centerpiece of the Avenue of Flags is the Praying Hands — the largest bronze structure in the world — weighing 30 tons and having a height of 60 feet. The main campus building, the 900,000 square-foot John D. Messick Learning Resource Center/Marajen Chinigo Graduate Center, is styled after King Solomon's Temple. The 3,500-seat Christ's Chapel was constructed in a drape-like fashion as homage to Oral Roberts' early tent revivals.
The campus visitor center is situated in the Prayer Tower, which is located at the center of campus. The Mabee Center, an arena seating more than 11,000 people, is located at the southwestern edge of the campus and is home to basketball games, concerts, church services and satellite television productions.
Spanning 263 acres of land, the campus has 23 major buildings and welcomes students from all 50 states as well as from more than 130 countries. ORU offers 63 undergraduate majors, 10 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. Its undergraduate programs include theology, communication arts, modern languages, behavioral sciences, graphics, and nursing. The university also has a seminary and a graduate business school.
Oral Roberts University has a well-equipped library on the fourth and fifth floors of the John D. Messick Learning Resources Center. Its holdings include more than half a million items, including books, journals, microforms, and audiovisuals.
ORU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.