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Spotlight on Tulsa: a leader in petroleum studies

03 Sep 2019 - Lindsay Bennett

The University of Tulsa (TU) is an incredible place to prepare for a career in the oil and petroleum industry. This is in part due to TU’s strong academics, which place the University in the top 125 nationally (U.S. News 2020). It is also thanks to the unmatched hands-on learning opportunities for students of petroleum engineering.

The Oil Capital

Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a major center of the oil industry in the early 20th century. During that time, so many petroleum explorers came to Tulsa it was called “the Oil Capital of the World.”

The oil boom brought plenty of wealth to the city, and this is reflected by the architecture in the downtown area. Beautiful Art Deco-style buildings give Tulsa its unique character.

Even today, the legacy of Tulsa’s role in the oil industry is still visible. Several international oil and gas-related companies have their headquarters there, including Williams Companies, ONEOK, and Helmerich & Payne. Their presence provides many opportunities for students to gain experience and network with local professionals.

Engineering students at the University of Tulsa

State-of-the art facilities

The University of Tulsa draws on the city’s many resources in the industry to provide excellent, real-world education. TU has a professional drilling research laboratory and full-sized drilling rig on its campus, so petroleum engineering students have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience during their studies.

The University recently completed a $16 million upgrade to Stephenson Hall, which is home to the petroleum and mechanical engineering departments. They now have brand new labs for instrumentation, experimental design, materials characterization, nanotechnology and prototyping. It also has modern computer labs with the latest modeling and computational software.

Undergraduate students have plenty of opportunities to participate in research alongside faculty and graduate students. TU has an extensive research program supported by industry and government agencies, and has generated millions of dollars in research projects.

Petroleum engineering facilities at University of Tulsa

Excellent academics and industry connections

With all these resources, it should be no surprise that the University has strong petroleum-focused programs. TU’s bachelor’s in Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and is ranked 5th in the USA by U.S. News (2020).

There are plenty of opportunities to intern and make connections with local businesses in Tulsa. More than 40 international and domestic oil exploration and production companies actively recruit alumni of the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering. Almost all students are employed within 6 months of graduation, and earn starting salaries averaging around $90,000.

Be at the center of a global industry

Petroleum is vital to many different industries, including transportation, agriculture, cosmetics, fashion and design. The demand for petroleum is great and far-reaching. The USA alone imports close 11 million barrels of oil every day (American Petroleum Institute, January 2017)!

With this demand comes the need for highly-qualified experts in oil and gas exploration, extraction, refinement and transportation. Studying at The University of Tulsa puts you at the center of it all.

To learn more about TU’s excellent petroleum-focused programs, contact us, visit Pathways at The University of Tulsa, or use the degree finder below!

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