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ORU Advantage

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ORU Advantage

What high school grade level does the program permit acceptance?

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Most Advantage program students are juniors and seniors in high school, but freshmen and sophomores ready for college level work are welcome to begin.

What are the program requirements?

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An application must be completed along with student, teacher (unless homeschooled) and parent signature. Standardized test results are not required as part of the Advantage Program.

What is the cost of tuition and fees?

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The cost of tuition is $300 per three-credit hour course and $350 per four-credit hour course. There are no other fees with the exception of testing out of Spanish I. The cost of this is $10. The cost of course materials varies by course.

When does the semester begin?

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The Advantage course calendar will give the start date of each 15-week semester. The week prior, there will be an opportunity for Advantage students to familiarize themselves with the online learning platform. There will be pre-course tutorials to help students walk through Desire2Learn, and the course will be visible the weekend prior to the start of class.

Can I drop a course and receive a refund?

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No. Due to the reduced rate of the course, refunds will not be available after the first day of class.

When is the last day to withdraw?

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Withdrawing from a course will not affect the GPA and will show a ‘W’ on the transcript. The last day to withdraw is the week before final exams as stated in the ORU Handbook.

What books are needed and where can they be purchased?

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A list of course materials for the semester will be available online as soon as they have been determined. This list will explain the required and suggested course materials for each course. These materials may be purchased through the ORU Bookstore online or on campus by the faculty member.

Can the courses transfer to other universities?

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Oral Roberts University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; therefore, the credits completed are transferable to other universities. Questions about how a particular course will transfer to a particular college or university should be directed to the Registrar’s office of that institution.

How are the courses structured? Live or recorded lectures?

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Since each class is taught by a different ORU professor, the layout can differ. Generally, there are not daily classes or daily homework assignments; instead, assignments are due on a weekly basis. The professors will post assignments that ask the students to listen, watch, read or write.

What is the maximum number of credit hours per semester?

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Students can take up to ten credit hours per semester through all dual-enrollment programs. The maximum number of dual-enrollment hours a student may take, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Regulation, is 24 credit hours.

How do the credits count for the high school transcript?

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According to the Oklahoma State Department of Regulation, one-half high school unit shall be equivalent to three semester-credit-hours of college work. This is different for each state and homeschool governing board, so the student’s school will determine the high school equivalency.

An outside resource is providing a scholarship for the course; can they be invoiced?

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Yes, ORU can invoice. We have worked with many of the Indian Nations and financial companies who provide scholarships for dual-enrollment students. To set up an arrangement, call ORU’s Office of Student Accounts and let them know you are an Advantage Program student expecting an outside resource. Their contact information is 918.495.6370 or studentaccounts@oru.edu.

Which courses are required for which degree plans?

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All courses offered through the Advantage Program are ORU General Education courses; therefore, a majority of the degree plans will require the courses offered. For more specific information, please visit degreeplansheets.oru.edu and select the plan for the degree the student desires. For other inquiries, please contact the Advantage Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6670 or advantage@oru.edu.

How do I pay for the course?

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Tuition can be paid either on campus through the Office of Student Accounts or online through ORU’s TouchNet site. For online payments, please visit payonline.oru.edu and sign into the student’s account to process payment information. A check can also be mailed to Student Accounts, 7777 South Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74171.

How do I log onto Vision?

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Vision is the secure portal for the student’s account. Through this site, you can update personal information, pay for tuition, complete registration and other student services. First time users log onto vision.oru.edu using their Z number and PIN (six-digit birthdate formatted MMDDYY). Once the ORU email has been created in Vision, students can log in with their username (ORU email without “@oru.edu”) and password (ORU email password).

How do I know if my computer is compatible for online learning?

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ORU utilizes the Desire2Learn learning management system. Desire2Learn (D2L) is a web-based application that is friendly with most main stream browsers. If the student needs any Microsoft Office products, they can be downloaded for Mac or PC from the IT department at it.oru.edu. On the banner in the middle of the page, select the button ‘Get it today’. On the next page, chose ‘Get started for free’. When requested, enter in the student’s ORU email address and follow the prompts.

How do I log onto Desire2Learn (D2L)?

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Once the student has created their ORU email, they will log onto d2l.oru.edu using their username and password.

How do I obtain assistance with an issue on Desire2Learn (D2L)?

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The ORU Online Learning department can be contacted by phone at 918.495.6014 or by email at d2lhelp@oru.edu.

I have a question about my coursework, who do I contact?

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Questions concerning the actual coursework, assignments, tests, etc. will be directed to your professor. The professor’s name will be on the syllabus located in the course within D2L Course Content.

How do I obtain assistance with an issue logging into the Single Sign-On page?

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Student technical issues can be directed to the IT Help Desk by phone at 918.495.6321 or email at studenthelpdesk@oru.edu.

When do I have to pay tuition by?

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Tuition is due the Monday prior to the start of classes. This allows time for set up and orientation to the learning management system. A grace period will be extended through the last day to add an Advantage course for the term.

Can I be on a payment plan for the tuition?

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The Office of Student Accounts does offer the option to pay tuition in monthly payments through Tuition Management Systems. The cost for this program is $56 for each semester or $85 for the entire year and can be set up on oru.afford.com or by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at 918.495.6370 and inform them if you are an Advantage Program student.

How do I get my transcript?

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At the end of every semester, Advantage students’ transcripts will be sent to the high school on record. Transcripts can also be view/ordered through vision.oru.edu. Sign in with the username and password and select the Student Services and Financial Aid tab. Then choose Student Records, Unofficial Academic Transcripts, All Levels and last Unofficial Transcripts. Print. To order the official transcripts, under Student Records, chose Official Transcripts on Demand.

I have a question about enrollment; who do I contact?

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The Advantage Enrollment Counselor can be contacted by phone at 918.495.6670 or email at advantage@oru.edu.

Can I be a facilitator for my homeschool group?

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Yes, the purpose of a facilitator access is to ensure that every student in the group is participating and turning in assignments in a timely manner to succeed in the course. Facilitator access allows viewing of only the designated students and their course activities. This access can be given for your homeschool group. The request can be made through the Advantage Enrollment Counselor by phone at 918.495.6670 or email at advantage@oru.edu.

How do I set up my ORU email address?

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A student’s ORU email address is the means by which the professors will contact the student and is the first step completed as a part of registration. New students log onto vision.oru.edu with their Z number and PIN. Choose Registration Quick Links and then Registration Steps/Online Bookstore and the correct semester. Choose the step that says “ORU Email” and follow the prompts. Students may use the suggested email address or choose their own.

Do I need to use my ORU email address?

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Yes, your ORU email needs to be checked each time they log onto D2L. Professors will only converse with students through this email.

How do I check my ORU email address?

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ORU email can be checked at mail.oru.edu. Sign in with the ORU email and password. You can also forward this email to an email address checked more frequently. ORU professors will make contact through the ORU email address provided.

How much do courses cost?

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Three-credit hour course tuition is $300. Four-credit hour course tuition is $350.

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