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Address: 7777 South Lewis, Tulsa, OK 74171
Phone Number: 918-495-6161
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Fascinating 70's Architecture

Regardless of your opinions of Oral Roberts and/or his world view, this university is certainly well worth a look at. Walking around is like stepping back into a 70's dream... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I had only one interest in going to Oral Roberts University and that was just a drive through so I could see where once was a national basketball contender as they were once a powerhouse. Wanted to also see what the empire looked like that Oral Roberts years ago had done from a building and architectural standpoint. Quite interesting but... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Regardless of your opinions of Oral Roberts and/or his world view, this university is certainly well worth a look at. Walking around is like stepping back into a 70's dream world. The architecture has an amazing coherent feel. The Prayer Tower, Chapel, Library and Auditorium all mesh into a striking ensemble. The crumbling City Plex complex down the street is... More 

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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Before going, check out the sky view on Google maps for orientation . . . and while there, notice how the university's buildings are all basic geometric shapes. They've got a triangle, a square, a diamond, a pentagon, perfect rectangles and so on . . . Gold and white are the thematic colors of the campus, which in it's own... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The huge statue of the praying hands is magnificent! This is a most interesting & meaningful area to visit in Tulsa.

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Perry, Oklahoma
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

facilities are nice but staff and rules are very restrictive. no food or drinks can be brought in but LOTS of starbux and mcD cups. Tried to go upstairs to film the kids and was not allowed. limited seating, limited space, single bathroom for each sex. At a volleyball tourney and was told the kids couldnt practice or warm up... More 

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

It is a relatively small campus and if you have a free hour, I highly suggest a visit here. My review and suggestion has nothing to do with religious feelings. The buildings are the most unusual of any college campus I've ever been on (at least 50). They remind me of what George Jetson would be building for a college... More 

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Urumqi, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

ORU is a cool university, but the hands statue at the front is the most memorable thing there. Check them out for a cool pic of an iconic Tulsa site.

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carmel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

In visiting and I have read about a lot of the buildings on the campus being DIFFERENT. They are very neat to see. Each building has its own architectural appeal. The parting hands are truly a sight to see. Worth a quick stop.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Open on the weekdays: There is a hidden secret (beyond the thousands unspoken) in ORU that I find a must see for gem and rock nerds. Paraphrase: Oral Roberts befriended a collector on his travels to Tulsa and if i remember right, when the collector passed, Roberts put the collection in his campus. HERE's HOW TO FIND IT. Go on... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

ORU is a "Christian" oriented institution, but that is not what made it an attraction for me. The campus buildings are really something to see. I call it "George Jetson" architecture. This campus was planned in the 60's when futuristic buildings were in vogue (like those in Brazilia designed by Oscar Niemeyer). Some of the buildings look like they could... More 

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