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Tulsa Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Tulsa, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 37%, admission to the University of Tulsa is competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1300, or an ACT score of around 29.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Tulsa admission statistics.


Tulsa Admissions Statistics

Tulsa’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 37%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 8,089 applicants, Tulsa admitted about 2,990. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.9, the average ACT score was 29, and the average SAT score was 1320.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 26, and the 75th percentile score was 32.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1190. The 75th percentile score was 1470.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Tulsa is competitive. Even if Tulsa is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Tulsa’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Tulsa Application Requirements

To apply to Tulsa, you’ll need to fill out the University of Tulsa Online Application or the Common Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, submit a School Form Report, submit an official high school transcript, and submit the $50 application fee. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and January 15th for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the University of Tulsa Online Application or the Common Application, and pay an application fee of $50
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit a School Form Report
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and January 15th for Regular Decision. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.

Have you been admitted to the University of Tulsa? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Tulsa Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Tulsa, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 57% are male and 43% are female
  • 24% of students are international

Tulsa has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 24%
  • Underrepresented minority: 2.4%
  • Two or more races: 0.7%
  • White: 75%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Tulsa offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Marketing

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Tulsa Tuition Figures

At $58,349, Tulsa’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $5,679.

Here’s a fuller look at Tulsa tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $58,349
  • Average financial aid package: $5,679
  • The average student debt of a Tulsa graduate is $36,136

Now, what is life like at Tulsa? Let’s take a look.


Tulsa Location

The school’s main campus is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Much of the campus’ architectural style is based in English Gothic. Furthermore, the school is known for its large international student body, based on undergraduate admissions.

Remember, you’re going to Tulsa for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Tulsa Academics

Tulsa has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Computer Engineering
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sport and Fitness Administration

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Tulsa.


Student Life at Tulsa

Tulsa has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Tulsa’s student activities:

  • Academic Bowl Team
  • ACT-TU
  • Art Student Society
  • Ballroom Dance Club
  • Billiards Club
  • Chinese Student Association
  • Club for English Enthusiasts
  • Common Sense Action
  • Earth Matters
  • Freethinkers at TU (Secular Student Alliance)
  • Geosciences Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lantern Honor Society
  • Leaders INCorporated
  • Marketing Club
  • Pencils of Promise
  • The F0rge

Are you an athlete? Tulsa’s got plenty of options for you.


Tulsa Athletics

Tulsa offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Tulsa’s sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Tulsa degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Tulsa has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Walmart CEO Doug McMillon
  • New York School poet Ted Berrigan
  • Author S.E. Hinton
  • Voicemail inventor Gordon Matthews
  • Actress Rue McClanahan
  • Beer and wine entrepreneur and innovator Charles Finkel
  • Radio personality Paul Harvey
  • Roboticist Daniel H. Wilson
  • Brazilian billionaire entrepreneur Ermirio Pereira de Moraes
  • Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into the University of Tulsa is competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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