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Wednesday, September 12,2012

OU's total enrollment on the rise

Ohio University enrollment is up from last year, according to preliminary estimates from the University's Office of Institutional Research.

The total university headcount is 36,808 as of Sept. 7, up approximately 1,300 from last year, according to an OU news release.

The total Athens campus headcount enrollment is 21,514, the release reported. Undergraduate student headcount, 16,981, is down about 350 from last year at this time. Graduate student headcount is 4,020 and is up about 300 from last year. Enrollment in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine increased 20 over last year to 511. The number of transfer students is 580, up 40 over last year. Regional campus headcount is over 10,000, up about 150 from last year.

OU also saw an increase over last year in the average ACT score and GPA of incoming students on the Athens campus.

"Our faculty and staff are proud to welcome our new students on all campuses to the Ohio University family," President Roderick McDavis said in the release. "We're excited to help them realize the promise of the tremendous academic potential they bring."

As of Sept. 7, 3,893 first-year students were enrolled on the Athens campus, up approximately 10 over last year. OU also saw an increase over last year in nonresident first-year students of 100, about a 20 percent increase.

The average ACT score of new students is 24.0, up 0.4 from last year. The average high school GPA is 3.40, up .07 from last year.

"I'm hearing from faculty and deans that they are very pleased with the level of preparation and engagement that our newest students are exhibiting," Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit said in the release. "The hard work that the Office of Admissions, college staff members and faculty put into recruiting is evident in the caliber of our Athens campus freshmen."

OU also continues to see steady growth in eLearning, the release said.

"We continue to defy the odds when it comes to enrollment," said Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Craig Cornell. "It is a highly competitive environment but students and their families continue to be attracted by the quality of an Ohio University education."


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