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September 16, 2013

Ohio University sees record enrollment 

Enrollment at Ohio University is the highest in the institution's history. For the 2013-14 academic year, overall preliminary enrollment on all six campuses is 38,297 – an increase of 2.26 percent over last year and a new record for the 209-year-old University. 

“This year’s freshman class grew nearly 9.5 percent, was the largest application pool and the largest, most diverse and highest quality in the history of the University” said Craig Cornell, vice provost for Enrollment Management. 

President Roderick J. McDavis said OHIO received a record 20,771 applications, an approximate 19 percent increase over last year. 

“This includes many milestones: 50 percent more out-of-state applications; seven percent more in-state applications; 44 percent more applications from multicultural students and 13.4 percent more international applications from 85 different countries,” he said. 

“In fact we are still evaluating all of the records that were set,” Cornell added. 

In a time where many colleges are seeing enrollments flattening or contracting, Ohio University is defying these trends by continuing to reach record enrollments, Cornell said. 

“Ohio University is an institution where students are truly transformed by their educational experience through significant opportunities and interactions with faculty and caring staff both in and out of the classroom,” Cornell said. “From our recent graduates to our alumni over the years and across the globe, the unique educational experience that Ohio University offers is highly coveted and prepares students for lifelong success. The value students and their families place on this experience at Ohio University is evident by the application and enrollment records we are experiencing.” 

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit attributes "the competitive advantage earned by graduates of Ohio University's transformational educational programs" to the talented faculty and dedicated staff of Ohio University. 

"Our colleagues are excellent teachers,” Benoit said. “They are researchers who are working on the projects that improve the daily lives of you and me. Our staff members support our students with quality enrichment programs, academic support services and maintenance of a safe environment during their time at Ohio University. Both in and out of the classroom, our colleagues work hard to prepare our students for life after they leave Ohio University." 

In total, preliminary enrollment record milestones include: 

New Students 

Class size – 4,249 

Selectivity (Admit Rate) 73% 

Diversity – 563 students (11.7% growth) 

Overall Quality – ACT/24; GPA/3.42 

Appalachian Counties 680 (17.65% growth) 


On-campus undergraduates –17,378 (2.2% growth) 

eLearning undergraduates – 5,759 (1.4% growth) 

Graduate and Graduate Outreach 4,540 (8% growth) students 

Osteopathic Medical students – 539 (5.1% growth)

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