Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities are experiencing an increase in the number of students enrolled this fall.
Figures released by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in the Fall 2009 Preliminary Enrollment Report for Oklahoma Higher Education show that total headcount is up 5.8 percent compared to the same time last year. A total of 187,676 students have enrolled in classes this fall, 10,291 more than in fall 2008.
“Increasing enrollment numbers clearly reflect the value Oklahomans place on higher education during troubling economic times,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “It is very clear that our students, from the first-time freshman to adult learners, are taking this opportunity to advance their educational experience. Our institutions are also collaborating with their business community partners to structure our educational programs to meet the demands needed for quality new economy jobs.”
The preliminary enrollment report reveals that the state’s community colleges experienced the largest percentage increase among the three tiers at 10 percent, or 6,961 students.
Five of the 12 community colleges saw double-digit percentage increases in total headcount for fall 2009. The headcount at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, had an increase of 19.8 percent, while Seminole State College, Seminole, increased 17.3 percent; and Oklahoma City Community College increased 14.5 percent. Murray State College, Tishomingo, increased 12.5 percent; and Rose State College, Midwest City, increased 10 percent.
Oklahoma’s regional universities experienced an overall increase of 5 percent in total headcount. Cameron University, Lawton, leads the group with a 13.5 percent increase, followed by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, at 8.7 percent; and Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, at 6.7 percent. Nearly all of the regional universities reported increases in total headcount.
The state’s research universities saw an overall increase of 1.1 percent in total headcount. The University of Oklahoma system had an enrollment of 30,620 students, with the Norman campus having the most students enrolled, 26,103. Oklahoma State University system’s enrollment topped 33,691 students, with the Stillwater campus having the most students enrolled, 22,516. However, the OSU-Oklahoma City campus saw the greatest increase at 25.2 percent.
Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities have also seen the number of first-time freshmen increase across the state system, by 12.3 percent. The largest percentage increase is at OCCC with 35.2 percent. The state’s regional universities and community colleges saw average increases of 9.1 and 19.7 percent, respectively. The research universities saw a 0.5 percent increase in first-time freshman.
The report shows the top five institutions in total headcount this fall are OU, 26,103 students; OSU, 22,516 students; TCC, 19,198 students; UCO, 16,092 students; and OCCC, 14,365 students.
The number of high school students concurrently enrolled in Oklahoma public colleges and universities increased 6.5 percent compared to fall 2008.