Oral Roberts University

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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.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating160 of 84411 of 106
Fund acquisition rating43 of 84411 of 106
Resource allocation rating480 of 84462 of 106
Asset utilization rating265 of 84426 of 106

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$9,473,507$12,306,194$6,956,683$10,055,570$11,726,518
Short-term investments$15,408,742$16,515,689$18,283,171$20,294,504$17,834,507
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$55,441,698$51,507,632$52,358,013$59,220,414$61,790,524
Long-term investments$22,948,100$24,918,278$0$0$0
Fixed assets$117,549,019$107,383,613$108,552,870$108,554,124$112,111,515
Other long-term assets$2,962,099$3,519,585$27,430,231$28,238,285$27,414,789
Total long-term assets$143,459,218$135,821,476$135,983,101$136,792,409$139,526,304
Total assets$198,900,916$187,329,108$188,341,114$196,012,823$201,316,828
Payables and accrued expenses$12,701,077$12,654,553$13,758,188$13,088,604$12,214,037
Other current liabilities$3,736,001$3,999,833$4,314,366$4,439,063$3,823,943
Total current liabilities$16,437,078$16,654,386$18,072,554$17,527,667$16,037,980
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$22,926,445$21,605,564$21,519,336$21,785,557$21,873,157
Total long-term liabilities$22,979,801$21,623,412$21,530,022$21,791,652$21,878,455
Total liabilities$39,416,879$38,277,798$39,602,576$39,319,319$37,916,435
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$28,203,063$25,538,482$30,994,004$34,631,824
Permanently restricted$83,018,058$43,551,079$42,979,111$41,896,924$41,353,555
Net assets$159,484,037$149,051,310$148,738,538$156,693,504$163,400,393
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$30,890,878$21,721,619$21,907,030$23,341,480$28,883,192
Program service revenue$111,931,130$109,341,476$102,095,644$95,798,801$92,523,073
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$1,583
Investment income$1,565,577$627,763$526,793$331,847$774,033
Other revenue$2,777,190$1,159,106$743,875($1,777,425)($1,195,778)
Total other revenue$116,273,897$111,128,345$103,366,312$94,353,223$92,102,911
Total revenue$147,164,775$132,849,964$125,273,342$117,694,703$120,986,103
Program services$113,304,502$110,893,160$109,783,413$101,154,795$96,148,059
Management and general$20,734,937$19,484,324$21,540,059$20,685,042$21,833,091
Total expenses$136,584,050$132,848,571$133,934,984$124,275,940$120,481,820
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$10,580,725$1,393($8,661,642)($6,581,237)$504,283
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$10,580,725$1,393($8,661,642)($6,581,237)$504,283


William M WilsonPresident$419,690
R Michael CarterAthletic Director$326,074
Hugh Ossie Mills part yearVP Communications & Market$293,774
Neal StenzelAssistant Treasurer/CFO$254,860
Laura BishopVP of Advancement$250,122
Kathaleen Reid-MartinezProvost/Chief Academic Officer$241,048
Timothy PhilleyChief Operating Officer$233,372
Scott SuttonFormer Men's Head Basketba$227,295
Paul MillsHead Men's Basketball Coach$219,067
Michael MathewsChief Information Officer$179,378
Nancy BrainardVP of Enrollment Management$164,826
Robert Samuel ThorpeProfessor/Chair of UG Theology$143,904
Lacey Randall part yearAssistant Secretary$33,093
Adreanne CatesAssistant Secretary$19,319
Mike RakesChairman$2,000

Compensation data as of: 4/30/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/15/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


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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