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August 8, 2012

Oklahoma State University expected to set enrollment record this fall

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University is expected to set an all-time high in enrollment this fall with a projected 36,590 systemwide students.

According to the university’s 2013 fiscal year budget, 24,950 students will be enrolled in classes at OSU Stillwater/Tulsa when school begins Aug. 20. That includes 19,680 undergraduates and 4,919 graduate students.

The Stillwater campus is expected to have 22,732 students, a 3 percent increase. The Tulsa campus is expected to have 3,168 students, a 1.5 percent increase.

An all-time high of approximately 4,200 freshmen also is expected, said Gary Shutt, OSU Director of Communications. The previous high was 3,927 freshmen in 1980.

“We won’t have the final numbers until school starts,” said Shutt.

The Oklahoma State University system is projected to have an overall increase in enrollment of 1.9 percent.

Last year, the freshmen class had 3,896 students, a 10 percent increase from 2010 and the largest freshmen class since 1980.

The total enrollment for OSU Stillwater/Tulsa was 24,231, the largest enrollment in school history. The total system-wide enrollment, including OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Center for Veterinary Health Services, OSU-Oklahoma City, OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, along with OSU Stillwater/Tulsa, was 35,923.

“Our admissions and enrollment staff have done a good job of reaching out beyond Oklahoma,” said Shutt. “That’s one reason why we are seeing these numbers go up. But also we have a lot of momentum with our record fundraising. We have a lot of construction going on, and that’s a positive thing. And the success of our football team doesn’t hurt either.”

Matthew Brown, Director of Housing and Residential Life at OSU, said he is preparing for a large number of students again this year.

“We’re expecting a bigger freshmen class this year,” said Brown. “We’re excited about enrollment going up. Last year was a huge freshmen class, and we are trending toward another one this year.”

Brown said OSU has a housing capacity of 5,950 students in 20 residence halls. Freshmen are required to live on campus at OSU Stillwater.

There are approximately 700 apartments in family graduate student housing, bringing the total number to approximately 7,300 available beds on campus. In all, Brown said OSU has approximately 2 million square feet of housing space

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