Oakwood University

Oakwood University is a private, historically black Seventh-day Adventist university in Huntsville, Alabama. It is the only HBCU owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.[3]

Oakwood University
Former names
Oakwood Industrial School
Oakwood Manual Training School
Oakwood Junior College
Oakwood College
MottoEducation, Excellence, Eternity
TypePrivate, HBCU
Established1896 (126 years ago) (1896)
Religious affiliation
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Endowment$15.6 million[1]
PresidentLeslie Pollard
Undergraduates1,810[2]
Location,
U.S.

34°45′22″N 86°39′11″W
CampusSuburban, 1,185 acres (480 ha)
Colors   Blue and gold
NicknameAmbassadors / Lady Ambassadors
Sporting affiliations
USCAA Division I
MascotThe Ambassador
Websiteoakwood.edu

Oakwood University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Department of Education of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (through the Adventist Accrediting Association) to award associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees.

Oakwood University owns and operates the Christian radio station WJOU 90.1 FM, formerly WOCG.[4]

Oakwood University is the only ISO 9001 certified HBCU in the United States.[5]

In 2014, it became the first HBCU to offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).[6]

In 2018, the U.S. Senate recognized Oakwood University for being the fifth leading producer of African-American applicants to U.S. medical schools.[6] That same year, the university became the first academic institution to receive the 2018 Crystal Apple Award from the Partnership for a Healthier America for its campus wellness initiatives.[6][7]


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