Oakwood University

Huntsville, AL
School Type:
4-year, Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1896
  • Enrollment: 1,470
  • Mascot: The Ambassador
  • Colors: Blue and Gold
  • Motto: Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Oakwood University, located in the city of Huntsville, Alabama, is a prestigious private institution that has been a cornerstone of higher education since its founding in 1896. Initially established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to educate African American students, a mission it has faithfully upheld, Oakwood has grown into a comprehensive university offering a wide range of academic programs. Its history is marked by a commitment to providing quality education within a Christian framework, a tradition that continues to shape its ethos and academic environment.

Today, Oakwood University boasts an enrollment of 1,470 students and offers Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees, along with Post Baccalaureate certificates. The university is particularly noted for its strong programs in Biology, Ministerial Theology, Business Administration, and Nursing, reflecting its dedication to both spiritual and academic excellence. Oakwood's motto, "Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve," encapsulates its mission to not only educate students but also to prepare them for a life of service and leadership.

In the realm of athletics, Oakwood University competes in the NAIA Division as part of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). The university's athletic teams, known as the Ambassadors, represent the spirit of excellence and commitment that Oakwood instills in its students. The mascot, The Ambassador, along with the university's colors of blue and gold, symbolize the dignity and high standards that Oakwood University upholds. As an institution, Oakwood continues to be a beacon of educational opportunity, spiritual development, and community service, shaping leaders who are ready to make a positive impact in the world.

Admissions & Financial Aid
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Popular Majors
  • Biology
  • Ministerial Theology
  • Business Administration
  • Nursing

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NAIA Division - Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC)

Team Name: Ambassadors

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

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