By Mark Rountree
STILLWATER, Okla. —
A whopping 4,289 freshmen were enrolled in classes during the fall semester last year at Oklahoma State University, and this year’s new-student enrollment is approaching that state-record number.
As of Friday, freshmen enrollment was approximately 3,900 — and growing.
Classroom doors will open Monday for all of those new students — and thousands of sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate school students — as the 2013-14 school year begins at OSU.
Total enrollment for the combined OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa campuses stands at approximately 25,300. If recent trends hold, enrollment for the combined campuses should eclipse last year’s total of 25,544.
“Total enrollment remains strong,” OSU President Burns Hargis said. “I believe the growing numbers are a direct response to the quality of the education, the value and the incredible student experience OSU offers.”
Hargis welcomed several hundred incoming students during a convocation Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Hargis and several speakers encouraged students to make the most of their time at OSU.
The academic achievement of the 2013 freshman class is impressive:
• 29.6 percent have an ACT of 27 or higher, compared to 29.2 percent in 2012.
• 16.1 percent have a 4.0 high school GPA, compared to 15.1 percent in 2012.
• 27.9 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class, compared to 27.6 percent in 2012.
“I’m always excited to welcome new students to the OSU campus as they begin the pursuit of a college degree and all that it promises,” Hargis said. “We are pleased to have another strong academic class.”
The incoming freshmen class includes 304 high school valedictorians and is comprised of students from 49 states, all but Rhode Island.
Sixty-five percent of the students are Oklahomans, and 26 percent of minority students. Seventeen percent of the freshmen are first-generation college students.