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: Holly Moore

Board size: 28

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 rating265 of 102217 of 117
Fund acquisition rating286 of 102432 of 117
Resource allocation rating570 of 102463 of 117
Asset utilization rating282 of 102221 of 117

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,954,249$9,473,507$12,306,194$6,956,683$10,055,570
Short-term investments$13,192,523$15,408,742$16,515,689$18,283,171$20,294,504
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$51,339,596$55,441,698$51,507,632$52,358,013$59,220,414
Long-term investments$20,500,633$22,948,100$24,918,278$0$0
Fixed assets$120,938,169$117,549,019$107,383,613$108,552,870$108,554,124
Other long-term assets$3,243,653$2,962,099$3,519,585$27,430,231$28,238,285
Total long-term assets$144,682,455$143,459,218$135,821,476$135,983,101$136,792,409
Total assets$196,022,051$198,900,916$187,329,108$188,341,114$196,012,823
Payables and accrued expenses$11,912,738$12,701,077$12,654,553$13,758,188$13,088,604
Other current liabilities$3,400,984$3,736,001$3,999,833$4,314,366$4,439,063
Total current liabilities$15,313,722$16,437,078$16,654,386$18,072,554$17,527,667
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$21,456,873$22,926,445$21,605,564$21,519,336$21,785,557
Total long-term liabilities$21,467,717$22,979,801$21,623,412$21,530,022$21,791,652
Total liabilities$36,781,439$39,416,879$38,277,798$39,602,576$39,319,319
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$92,144,752$76,465,979$77,297,168$80,220,945$83,802,576
With donor restrictions$67,095,860$83,018,058$71,754,142$68,517,593$72,890,928
Net assets$159,240,612$159,484,037$149,051,310$148,738,538$156,693,504
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$23,699,564$30,890,878$21,721,619$21,907,030$23,341,480
Program service revenue$114,335,870$111,931,130$109,341,476$102,095,644$95,798,801
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,426,847$1,565,577$627,763$526,793$331,847
Other revenue$1,306,560$2,777,190$1,159,106$743,875($1,777,425)
Total other revenue$117,069,277$116,273,897$111,128,345$103,366,312$94,353,223
Total revenue$140,768,841$147,164,775$132,849,964$125,273,342$117,694,703
Program services$117,543,998$113,304,502$110,893,160$109,783,413$101,154,795
Management and general$20,407,206$20,734,937$19,484,324$21,540,059$20,685,042
Total expenses$140,237,904$136,584,050$132,848,571$133,934,984$124,275,940
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$530,937$10,580,725$1,393($8,661,642)($6,581,237)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$530,937$10,580,725$1,393($8,661,642)($6,581,237)


William M WilsonPresident$554,436
R Michael CarterAthletic Director$318,870
Neal StenzelAssistant Treasurer/CFO$317,897
Kathaleen Reid-MartinezProvost/Chief Academic Officer$291,067
Laura BishopVP of Advancement$290,348
Timothy PhilleyChief Operating Officer$236,787
Paul MillsHead Men's Basketball Coach$225,204
Michael MathewsVP of Technology & Innovation$190,465
Nancy BrainardVP of Enrollment Management$177,267
Misty CussenHead Women's Basketball Coach$145,004
Sergio MatviukAssoc VP of Student Success$144,702
Adreanne CatesAssistant Secretary$60,153

Compensation data as of: 4/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/26/2022. 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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