Oakwood University Profile

Oakwood University is a historically Black Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning located in Huntsville, Alabama (USA). It was founded in 1896 as Oakwood Industrial School.

The university has the following Academic Departments: Biological Sciences; Business & Information Systems; Chemistry; Communication; Education; English & Foreign Languages; Family & Consumer Science; Health & Physical Education; History & Political Science; Math & Computer Sciences; Music; Nursing; Psychology; Religion & Theology; Social Work.

Oakwood is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. It is also accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association of the Department of Education of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In addition it has programs accredited by the following agencies:
- Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
- Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
- Council on Social Work Education
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

The Teacher Education Program is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and it is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Department of Education, and the NCATE.

The University, through its Business and Information Systems Department, is nationally accredited by the ACBSP to offer the following business degrees: Bachelor of Science with majors in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance and Organizational Management; Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Health Care Administration, Information Technology, Management, and Marketing; Associate in Science in Accounting and Computer Information Systems.


- Placed in Third Tier among Baccalaureate Colleges in the South (U.S. News & World Report 2010).

- 27th in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ranking by the U.S. News & World Report 2010 (tied with Lincoln University). It is also placed 27th in 2009.

- Listed among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Southern Region (ranked 33rd) and 27th in the U.S. News 2009 ranking of Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (tied for 27th with Lincoln University and the University of Maryland—Eastern Shore).

* Next: Tuskegee University in Top Rankings