Oral Roberts University


Oral Roberts University is a charismatic university, founded in the fires of evangelism and upon the unchanging precepts of the Bible. The University was founded as a result of the evangelist Oral Roberts' obeying God's mandate to build a university on God's authority and the Holy Spirit.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Oral Roberts University
7777 South Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74171

Website: oru.edu

Phone: 918-495-6161

Email: sthill@oru.edu

Organization details

EIN: 730739626

CEO/President: William M Wilson

Chairman: Mike Rakes

Board size: 31

Founder: Oral Roberts

Year founded: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 04/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2009


God's commission to Oral Roberts was to "Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is dim, where My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased."

Mission statement

The mission of Oral Roberts University - in its commitment to the Christian faith - is to educate the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, thereby preparing its graduates to be professionally competent servant-leaders who are spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, and socially adept. The University seeks to synthesize the best practices of liberal arts, professional, and graduate education with a charismatic emphasis to enable students to go into every person's world with God's message of salvation and healing for the totality of human need.

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating344 of 58529 of 52
Fund acquisition rating268 of 58519 of 52
Resource allocation rating250 of 58529 of 52
Asset utilization rating464 of 58529 of 52

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$12,306,194$6,956,683$10,055,570$11,726,518$9,555,309
Short-term investments$16,515,689$18,283,171$20,294,504$17,834,507$10,912,743
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$51,507,632$52,358,013$59,220,414$61,790,524$56,020,866
Long-term investments$24,918,278$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$107,383,613$108,552,870$108,554,124$112,111,515$114,758,214
Other long-term assets$3,519,585$27,430,231$28,238,285$27,414,789$28,483,261
Total long-term assets$135,821,476$135,983,101$136,792,409$139,526,304$143,241,475
Total assets$187,329,108$188,341,114$196,012,823$201,316,828$199,262,341
Payables and accrued expenses$12,654,553$13,758,188$13,088,604$12,214,037$11,905,926
Other current liabilities$3,999,833$4,314,366$4,439,063$3,823,943$2,468,021
Total current liabilities$16,654,386$18,072,554$17,527,667$16,037,980$14,373,947
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$21,605,564$21,519,336$21,785,557$21,873,157$1,815,392
Total long-term liabilities$21,623,412$21,530,022$21,791,652$21,878,455$21,859,600
Total liabilities$38,277,798$39,602,576$39,319,319$37,916,435$36,233,547
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$28,203,063$25,538,482$30,994,004$34,631,824$31,737,466
Permanently restricted$43,551,079$42,979,111$41,896,924$41,353,555$41,126,704
Net assets$149,051,310$148,738,538$156,693,504$163,400,393$163,028,794
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$21,721,619$21,907,030$23,341,480$28,884,775$31,028,115
Program service revenue$109,341,476$102,095,644$95,798,801$92,523,073$90,041,649
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$627,763$526,793$331,847$774,033$788,208
Other revenue$1,159,106$743,875($1,777,425)($1,195,778)($741,313)
Total other revenue$111,128,345$103,366,312$94,353,223$92,101,328$90,088,544
Total revenue$132,849,964$125,273,342$117,694,703$120,986,103$121,116,659
Program services$110,893,160$109,783,413$101,154,795$96,148,059$91,092,644
Management and general$19,484,324$21,540,059$20,685,042$21,833,091$19,571,292
Total expenses$132,848,571$133,934,984$124,275,940$120,481,820$114,366,906
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$1,393($8,661,642)($6,581,237)$504,283$6,749,753
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,393($8,661,642)($6,581,237)$504,283$6,749,753

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ORU was birthed as the result of a mandate God gave founder Oral Roberts to "...build Me a university based on My authority and the Holy Spirit." God's commission to Oral Roberts was to "Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is seen dim, My voice is heard small, and My healing power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in this I am well pleased." This private Christian liberal arts institution held its first classes in 1965 with 300 undergraduate students. The university dedication took place in 1967, with the Reverend Dr. Billy Graham as the keynote speaker.

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