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November 5, 2008 :: Enrollment at State Colleges Remains Steady   

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Enrollment at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities remained steady for fall 2008, according to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Figures released by the State Regents in the Fall 2008 Preliminary Enrollment Report for Oklahoma Higher Education show the total headcount remained steady with 177,385, compared to 177,436 in fall 2007.

“It’s exciting that Oklahomans are seeing the value and importance of a college education,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Our state institutions provide a top-notch, affordable education for anyone who has a desire to earn a degree.”

The University of Oklahoma system had an enrollment of 30,132 students, with the Norman campus having the most students enrolled, 25,680. The Oklahoma State University system’s enrollment topped 32,032 students, with the Stillwater campus having the most students enrolled, 22,449. The regional universities experienced a small decrease of 1.5 percent. The state’s community colleges had a 1.3 percent increase.

Three of the 11 regional universities are seeing increases in total headcount for fall 2008. The headcount at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, increased by 6.4 percent, while Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, increased 2.2 percent; and Langston University, Langston, increased 1.1 percent.

Of the 12 community colleges in the state, seven had increases in total headcount from fall 2007 to fall 2008. Tulsa Community College led the group with a 6.1 percent increase, followed by Connors State College, Warner, at 4.1 percent; Seminole State College, Seminole, at 3.8 percent; Western Oklahoma State College, Altus, at 3.5 percent; Murray State College, Tishomingo, at 2.8 percent; Carl Albert State College, Poteau, at 0.2 percent; and Oklahoma City Community College at 0.1 percent.

The report shows the top five institutions in total headcount this fall are OU, 25,680 students; OSU, 22,449 students; TCC, 18,010 students; University of Central Oklahoma, 15,724 students; and OCCC, 12,550 students.

Although fall enrollments at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities have remained steady, the number of first-time freshmen has decreased by 1.6 percent across the state system. However, LU had a 17.6 percent increase in first-time freshmen.

The research universities saw a 3 percent decrease in first-time freshman. The state’s regional universities and community colleges are seeing average decreases of 1.1 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.

Colleges and universities across the state also report a slight decrease in full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment, meaning the number of credit hours that equal a full-time student. The fall semester FTE at public institutions has dropped 0.1 percent from 2007.

The number of high school students concurrently enrolled in Oklahoma public colleges and universities saw a 3 percent increase compared to fall 2007. The research universities, OSU and OU, experienced a 1.2 percent increase, followed by the regional universities, with a 12.3 percent increase; the largest among the three tiers. The community colleges increased concurrent enrollment by 0.8 percent.