OSU Enrollment Down, Scores Up for Incoming Freshmen

Student enrollment for the 2006-07 school year has decreased by one percent, officials announced Friday at the OSU Board of Regents meeting.

The number of students at the five OSU campuses is 32,402, down from last year’s 32,721, according to the enrollment report.

Officials attribute the lower enrollment numbers to a decrease in the number of graduates of Oklahoma high schools.

Seventy-seven percent of OSU students are Oklahoma residents.

OSU President David Schmidly said he hopes the recent opening of OSU offices in Puebla, Mexico, along with the offices in Dallas and Houston, will help increased enrollment in the future.

At the meeting, officials announced that this year’s 480 freshmen have an average ACT score of 24.7, an all-time high, and that nearly a fourth of students in the freshman class were ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating high school classes.

Officials also stated that the number of freshman National Merit Scholars enrolled at OSU increased from 16 to 21.

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