OSU System Setting Enrollment Records
Oklahoma State University
Enrollment in the Oklahoma State University System is at an all-time high, graduation rates are setting records, and the freshman class is one of the best in the university’s history, according to a report given today to the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.
Dr. Michael Heintze, OSU’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, told regents that the OSU System’s five-campus enrollment has reached a record high of 32,456 students. This compares to an enrollment of 31,011 last fall. The System includes OSU-Stillwater, OSU-Tulsa, the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, OSU-Oklahoma City and OSU-Okmulgee.
“Oklahoma’s students continue to recognize the quality and value of an OSU degree,” Heintze said. “All of our campuses are doing an excellent job of providing the academic programs and services that students want and need.”
Heintze said every OSU campus is reporting increases that range from about 2 percent for OSU-Stillwater to a projected 14.8 percent increase at OSU-Oklahoma City. Enrollment at OSU-Stillwater will reach 21,113 students this fall. Combined with OSU-Tulsa, the enrollment will reach a record of 23,571 for both institutions. OSU-Stillwater is the largest institution in the OSU/A&M Regents system.
Heintze said this year’s freshman class numbers 3,486. Of these students, 25 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes, and 51 percent were in the top 25 percent. Sixteen percent of the new freshmen graduated with a high school grade point average of 4.0. “The quality of the freshman class is critical because it creates the foundation for improving the quality of the entire student body,” Heintze said. “I am very pleased with what I see and am looking forward to what we will accomplish in the future.”
Heintze also reported that OSU-Stillwater’s graduation rate has reached a record 58.8 percent and that the university’s freshman retention rate continues to be in excess of 80 percent. Last year’s graduation rate was slightly more than 55 percent.
“The graduation rate is encouraging and represents hard work by students and commitment of faculty and staff to help students succeed at OSU. We will continue to make it a priority to improve in this area,” Heintze said. He added that the university is making progress in recruiting more minority students. African-American enrollment in the freshman class is up 26.4 percent, while the number of Hispanic freshmen increased by 13.8 percent. “We are pleased to be making progress in these very important areas, and we intend to keep working very hard to make further improvements,” Heintze said.
Numbers for student credit hours also are up for OSU System institutions, with the five campuses teaching 377,721 student credit hours in 2003—an increase of 19,123 credit hours over the previous year.
Mean ACT scores for OSU students increased from 23.7 percent last year to 23.9 percent this year. SAT scores went from 1114 in 2002 to 1116 in 2003.
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