Students head back to class at Oklahoma colleges and universities

Monday marked the first day of the spring semester at many colleges and universities across the state, including the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma. Although final enrollment numbers are still weeks away, both universities are expecting enrollment increases.
by Silas Allen Published: January 15, 2013

“Things look healthy at the University of Oklahoma this spring,” Hamilton said.

That increase continues the pattern of growth OU has enjoyed for several years. Last fall, OU welcomed the largest freshman class in the university's history, with about 4,100 students. That topped the previous year's record of just more than 4,000 students.

UCO also expects to see an increase in enrollment compared with last spring. The university's total head count stood at 15,527 on Monday, a 2.9 percent increase over the beginning of the last spring semester.

Officials expect that total to climb before numbers are finalized. UCO spokeswoman Adrienne Nobles noted that the university enrolled 639 students during the first week of the last spring semester.

That increase was driven in large part by spikes in the number of freshmen and transfer students at the university, Nobles said. UCO has seen a 10 percent increase in freshmen and a roughly 8 percent increase in transfer students, she said, with a 2 percent decline in graduate students compared with the same point in 2012.

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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