The Edmond Sun

September 17, 2012

OC sets enrollment record


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian University’s fall enrollment of 2,271 students is the highest in the school’s 63-year history.

The last eight years have featured OC’s eight highest enrollments ever, including the previous record of 2,258 students in 2007.

“This is Oklahoma Christian’s golden age in many ways, including enrollment. We are thrilled with the spirit on campus and the momentum we have because so many students are calling OC home,” President John deSteiguer said. “Our record enrollment and strong retention are a credit to the students seeking a first-rate Christian education, and also to our high-quality faculty, dedicated staff and loyal alumni who give students the tools and support to learn, lead and grow.”

In addition to the total enrollment record, OC’s graduate enrollment of 361 students also is an all-time high. Oklahoma Christian offers graduate programs in business administration, engineering, ministry and divinity. OC’s MBA program is offered both on-site and online.

The 2012 undergraduate total of 1,910 students is the third highest in OC history and represents a 1.5 percent rise from last year. Graduate enrollment rose 6.2 percent while the overall enrollment total is a 2.2 percent increase over last year’s class.

OC’s 2012 freshman class includes seven National Merit Finalists, including four from Oklahoma, the most in the state after the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Christian currently has more than 30 National Merit Finalists enrolled.

Thirty-seven percent of OC undergraduate students come from Oklahoma, with another 22 percent from Texas. Oklahoma Christian recently opened an office in Irving, Texas, to serve the university’s strong student and alumni bases in our neighboring state.

OC’s international enrollment also is strong, with 344 students (218 undergraduate and 126 graduate) coming from outside the United States.

“I’m proud of our entire team — from Admissions to the Graduate School, from International Programs to all the faculty and staff who make students feel at home here,” Executive Vice President Bill Goad said. “We are committed to the highest quality in our academic programs while making college affordable for our students. We think those standards are helping OC grow.”

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study and an undergraduate Honors Program in addition to its graduate programs.