University of Tulsa

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University of Tulsa
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Seal of the University of Tulsa.
School type Private, coeducational, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA
Founded 1894
Location Tulsa, Oklahoma
Campus size approx. 0.5 x 0.5 mi
Enrollment 4,174 (2,756 undergraduate, 753 graduate, 665 law)
Faculty Full-time, 304
Campus surroundings Urban
Sports teams The Golden Hurricane
Mascot Captain Cane

The University of Tulsa is a private (affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA), comprehensive university awarding bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation by US News and World Report and named by the Princeton Review as one of America's best universities. It is noted for having one of the world's premier programs in petroleum engineering, and has distinguished programs in English, computer science, natural sciences, Clinical and I/O Psychology, and several engineering disciplines. The university also maintains a school of law, which is one of the few to specialize in Native American legal issues.

TU is one of 150 colleges to be included in the inaugural edition of “Colleges of Distinction” and is also included in "The Unofficial Biased Guide to the 331 Most Interesting Colleges, 2005 edition." Cosmo Girl magazine named TU one of the top 50 schools in the country for women in its October 2004 edition.



The University of Tulsa was originally founded in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls in 1882, but was re-chartered as the Henry Kendall College in 1894. In 1907, the college moved to its current site in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A university was formed in 1920 when the college merged with McFarlin College to become the University of Tulsa.


Tulsa's sports teams are called the Golden Hurricane. They participate in the NCAA's Division I and in the Western Athletic Conference. In 2005, Tulsa will leave the WAC and join Conference USA. It has the smallest undergraduate enrollment of all schools that participate in NCAA Division I-A football. The men's soccer program currently competes in the Missouri Valley Conference; however, this arrangement may end when Tulsa moves to C-USA, as that conference sponsors men's soccer (the WAC does not).


Tulsa's current mascot is Captain Cane, an anthropomorphized yellow hurricane with human attributes such as biceps, clothes, and a perpetual smirk.


The Nimrod Literary Journal is published at the University.

Tulsa, along with Brown University, co-hosted the Modernist Journals Project, an online archive that will add both past issues of the James Joyce Quarterly as well as various modernist texts from McFarlin Library’s Special Collections to its website of early twentieth-century periodicals. Sean Latham, editor of the JJQ, has succeeded in bringing the 2003 North American James Joyce Conference to the campus of the University of Tulsa.

The University of Tulsa Collegian is the independent and student-run newspaper on campus.

TU also hosts several meetings of the Tulsa Computer Society, including the Linux SIG.

Distinguished faculty

Tulsa's faculty includes Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and American author A. G. Mojtabai.


Famous TU alumni include former Oklahoma Congressman and Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent, Hall of Fame professional golfer Nancy Lopez, actress Rue McClanahan, and author S.E. Hinton.

Other notable alumni

Gordon Matthews (B.S., Engineering Physics, 1959) - Inventor of Voice Mail

TV's Dr. Phil attended the University of Tulsa but did not graduate.

External links

Template:Western Athletic Conference Template:Conference USA


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