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: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 730739626

CEO/President: William M Wilson

Chairman: Holly Moore

Board size: 32

Founder: Oral Roberts

Ruling year: 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

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative, and infallible Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16).
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:4-7).
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory (1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Peter 2:21-24; John 3:16).
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (Romans 3:21-30; Galatians 4:4-7).
5. We believe the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for body, mind, and spirit in answer to believing prayer (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:14-16).
6. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer and operates in all believers in the power of the gifts of the Spirit manifesting them as He wills (John 14:16; Acts 1:5, 8; 2:2-4; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Galatians 5:22-23).
7. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:24, 28-29).
8. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, and seek community together, to "become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the church" (Ephesians 4:15-16).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating253 of 107421 of 130
Fund acquisition rating167 of 107521 of 130
Resource allocation rating548 of 107567 of 130
Asset utilization rating415 of 107441 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,314,538$8,954,249$9,473,507$12,306,194$6,956,683
Short-term investments$15,388,261$13,192,523$15,408,742$16,515,689$18,283,171
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$82,554,009$51,339,596$55,441,698$51,507,632$52,358,013
Long-term investments$17,927,343$20,500,633$22,948,100$24,918,278$0
Fixed assets$113,455,941$120,938,169$117,549,019$107,383,613$108,552,870
Other long-term assets$3,164,659$3,243,653$2,962,099$3,519,585$27,430,231
Total long-term assets$134,547,943$144,682,455$143,459,218$135,821,476$135,983,101
Total assets$217,101,952$196,022,051$198,900,916$187,329,108$188,341,114
Payables and accrued expenses$13,942,549$11,912,738$12,701,077$12,654,553$13,758,188
Other current liabilities$3,070,445$3,400,984$3,736,001$3,999,833$4,314,366
Total current liabilities$17,012,994$15,313,722$16,437,078$16,654,386$18,072,554
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$18,177,092$21,456,873$22,926,445$21,605,564$21,519,336
Total long-term liabilities$18,205,851$21,467,717$22,979,801$21,623,412$21,530,022
Total liabilities$35,218,845$36,781,439$39,416,879$38,277,798$39,602,576
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$88,168,231$92,144,752$76,465,979$77,297,168$80,220,945
With donor restrictions$93,714,876$67,095,860$83,018,058$71,754,142$68,517,593
Net assets$181,883,107$159,240,612$159,484,037$149,051,310$148,738,538
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$37,845,876$23,699,564$30,890,878$21,721,619$21,907,030
Program service revenue$112,437,091$114,335,870$111,931,130$109,341,476$102,095,644
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,501,259$1,426,847$1,565,577$627,763$526,793
Other revenue$2,278,476$1,306,560$2,777,190$1,159,106$743,875
Total other revenue$116,216,826$117,069,277$116,273,897$111,128,345$103,366,312
Total revenue$154,062,702$140,768,841$147,164,775$132,849,964$125,273,342
Program services$112,588,609$117,543,998$113,304,502$110,893,160$109,783,413
Management and general$19,680,056$20,407,206$20,734,937$19,484,324$21,540,059
Total expenses$134,319,552$140,237,904$136,584,050$132,848,571$133,934,984
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$19,743,150$530,937$10,580,725$1,393($8,661,642)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$19,743,150$530,937$10,580,725$1,393($8,661,642)


William M WilsonPresident$495,131
Neal StenzelAssistant Treasurer$312,896
R Michael CarterAthletic Director$303,568
Kathaleen Reid-MartinezProvost/Chief Academic Officer$269,109
Paul MillsMen's Head Basketball Coach$238,025
Timothy PhilleyChief Operating Officer$235,660
Michael MathewsVP of Technology and Innovation$200,396
Nancy BrainardVP of Enrollment Management$173,516
Misti CussenWomen's Head Basketball Coach$151,965
Adreanne CatesAssistant Secretary$67,313

Compensation data as of: 4/30/2021

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/22/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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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