Oklahoma universities break enrollment records

by Silas Allen Modified: August 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm •  Published: August 20, 2012

OU: More growth

OU is also on pace to have its largest freshman class ever. On Monday, the university had enrolled 4,155 freshmen.

While that figure is smaller than OSU's freshman class size, it places OU about 100 students ahead of its record-breaking figure in 2011.

Matt Hamilton, OU's registrar and vice president for enrollment and student financial services, said he expects that number to go up slightly over the next week as the last few students enroll for the fall semester.

The enrollment growth came even though OU admitted 162 fewer students than last year, meaning a larger percentage of those prospective students the university admitted eventually enrolled there.

This year's class is also similar to last year's in terms of academic standing in high school, he said.

“We're very pleased with the class that we have,” he said.

UCO: Numbers rise

Likewise, UCO is on pace to see its fourth consecutive year of record enrollment.

The university's enrollment numbers change “literally by the minute” this week, UCO spokeswoman Adrienne Nobles said, but on Monday the university's overall enrollment stood at 16,914 students, an increase of 40 students over the same date in 2011.

On Monday, UCO had enrolled 2,172 first-time freshmen, a 42-student increase over the same date in 2011.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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