The University of Oklahoma announced Sunday it has more students in its incoming freshman class than at any other time in its 129-year history. There are a record-breaking 4,526 incoming freshmen attending this week compared to 4,385 who attended the fall 2018 semester. That reflects a 3% increase over last year and an increase over fall 2017, which was previously the highest enrollment for freshmen on record. This year’s freshmen class has an average GPA of 3.62 and 26.0 ACT score.
In other categories, the University maintains trends it has seen in the past three years, including strong minority enrollment by percentage. This year’s percentage of freshmen identifying themselves as a minority is 34% compared to 34% the previous year and 32% and 33% for 2017 and 2016, respectively. The number of students with 4.0 GPA or better is at 550 and compares to levels of 557, 569 and 486 from previous years.
“We are thrilled to welcome members of the Class of 2023 to the OU family,” said OU Interim President Joseph Harroz, Jr. “This record-breaking class represents our commitment to attracting top students to the University of Oklahoma. We’re confident this class will find great success at OU and beyond.”
“We are excited about the number of students who have decided to make OU their academic home. This is a reflection of the dedicated effort of our team to recruit and admit this class, and also reflects a rapidly increasing understanding among prospective students of the high value provided by an OU degree,” said Jeff Blahnik, OU senior associate vice president for enrollment management.
Harroz spoke to freshman students at a new event on Sunday called the Class of 2023 Kick Off, which was held in the Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and included comments from Provost Kyle Harper and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students David Surratt.
“At OU, we talk about what you might do to leave your mark, and you’re leaving your mark by breaking a 129-year record,” said Harroz. “You are already a part of OU history, and this is just the beginning. Write your own story; be who you want to be, starting now.”
Other statistics include:
- 4,526 freshmen
- Average GPA of 3.62
- Average ACT score of 26
- 54.7% are Oklahoma residents
- 22.8% are first-generation students
- 25% increase in Regents Scholarships
- 268 are utilizing Crimson Commitment
- 550 had 4.0 grade-point average in high school
- 288 were ranked first in their high school graduating class
Final enrollment reports for the semester will be made the fourth week of classes.
For a look at previous data visit OU’s Office of Institutional Research and Reporting.