Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities are continuing to set records in the number of students enrolled with the release of figures for the spring 2011 semester.
Figures released by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in the Spring 2011 Preliminary Enrollment Report for Oklahoma Higher Education show that total headcount is up 1.7 percent compared to the same time last year. A total of 180,530 students have enrolled in classes this spring.
This is the fourth consecutive semester Oklahoma’s system of higher education has experienced record enrollments.
“These continued record enrollment increases reinforces the value that Oklahomans continue to place on higher education,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Even during this challenging economic time, Oklahoma’s colleges and universities remain committed to meeting the needs of our students who are committed to earning their degree.”
The preliminary enrollment report reveals that the state’s community colleges experienced the largest percentage increase among the three tiers at 2.1 percent, or 1,519 students.
Western Oklahoma State College, Altus, saw the largest percentage increase, 21.9 percent, for spring 2011. The headcount at Redlands Community College, El Reno, had an increase of 12.2 percent, while Connors State College, Warner experienced a 7.8 percent increase, and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, increased 5.6 percent.
Oklahoma’s regional universities saw an overall increase of 2.0 percent in total headcount. The University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, leads the group with a 4.6 percent increase, followed by East Central University, Ada; Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva; and Rogers State University, Claremore, at 3.3 percent.
The state’s research universities saw an overall increase of 0.7 percent in total headcount. The University of Oklahoma system had an enrollment of 28,432 students, with the Norman campus having the most students enrolled, 24,261. Oklahoma State University system’s enrollment topped 33,031 students, with the Stillwater campus having the most students enrolled, 21,701.
Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities have also seen the number of first-time entering students increase across the state system, by 2.3 percent. The largest percentage increase is at Murray State College, Tishomingo, at 171.4 percent. The state’s regional universities experienced a decrease of 1.1 percent, and community colleges experienced an average increase of 3.3 percent. The research universities saw a 16.7 percent decrease in first-time entering students.
The report shows the top five institutions in total headcount this spring are OU, 24,261 students; OSU, 21,701 students; Tulsa Community College, 18,508 students; UCO, 15,798 students; and Oklahoma City Community College, 14,064 students.
The number of high school students concurrently enrolled in Oklahoma public colleges and universities increased from 6,109 in spring 2010 to 6,185 for spring 2011.