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OC enjoys fourth record year

Thursday, September 20, 2007  
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Fall enrollment reached record levels for the fourth consecutive year at Oklahoma Christian University (OC), school officials said today.

"Our goal is to continue to bring the best and the brightest here from around the globe and to prepare them to make a difference in the world," Dr. Mike O'Neal, president, said. "They will receive first rate academic training while being transformed for Christian faith, leadership, and service."

Total enrollment for the fall semester is 2,258, which includes 1,998 undergraduate and 260 graduate students. The undergraduate enrollment is a 6.5 percent increase over the previous year while graduate enrollment was up 5.7 percent. More than 80 percent of students live on campus. Improved retention rates and aggressive recruiting and marketing contributed to the increase.

The university's popular accelerated MBA program also continues to grow, with 210 students enrolled this fall, a 10.5 percent increase over 2006. An additional 50 students are enrolled in OC's Master of Arts and Master of Divinity programs in the College of Biblical Studies.

OC's first year of international recruiting efforts brought 68 new international student to campus bringing the total number to 195. Over half of undergraduate students are from outside Oklahoma.

Graduates from OC's School of Business Administration have achieved the highest pass rate on the CPA examination of all of Oklahoma's universities for ten of the past 12 years. For the past two years, 100 percent of the students from the language and literature and 90 percent science departments who applied to graduate or medical schools have been accepted. OC students continue to earn national and regional honors in advertising, business, education, engineering, free enterprise, graphic design, history, language and literature, mass communication, management, music, psychology, science, and athletics.

A $34 million student housing and renovation program that has been completed added more than 400 apartment beds in six new buildings on the east side of campus and two new dormitories that house 250 new beds on the west side. An additional 250 rooms were renovated.

Also underway is renovation of the university's science facilities. Construction on Dobson Field, OC's new baseball stadium, is in progress on the northwest part of campus to serve the new baseball program.

Lawson Commons will be dedicated in December with the focal point, the 100 foot Freede Centennial Tower, visible for miles around campus. The 8,000 square foot pavilion that will serve as a gathering point for students was recently completed.

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