Published September 11, 2013
OU has largest freshman class ever
By Linda Shepard email@example.com
ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s largest-ever freshman class marks 15 consecutive years of student population growth, say university officials, who anticipate a total enrollment of 20,000 students for the first time in OU history.
This fall’s freshman class of 2,542 students reflects a 1.8 percent increase over last year. University officials state student retention rates are expected to increase by approximately 10 percent.
Kiara Goddard is a member of the 2014 OU freshman class. While studying in the OU Human Heath Services Building — which opened in 2012 — Goddard said she was encouraged by friends to enroll in the school’s physical therapy program.
“They are known for their health services,” Goddard said about OU. “They have new technology in a new building, and I can have hands-on activity in my major.”
In addition to student growth, OU is in the midst of a building boom. New projects currently in development or under construction include a student housing complex, new athletic fields, a 127,000-square-foot Engineering Center, a 151-foot carillon tower, a new parking structure and a new maintenance facility.
A new anatomy laboratory at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine opened this fall inside the university’s Hannah Hall of Science.
Goddard, who currently lives on campus in Hamlin Hall, said she plans to live in the new housing complex, which is under construction and visible from Walton Boulevard, on the north edge of campus.
“It is for freshmen and sophomores,” she said. “My godmother is an alumni; she graduated in 1995. She told me the history of OU. I like that it is growing.”
“Enrollment growth and student retention are two key factors in measuring how you are serving your students’ needs,” said OU Interim President Betty Youngblood in a statement. “We are pleased that these numbers reflect the fact that our students feel they are getting a high-quality education at Oakland University.”
Oakland University students can choose from more than 260 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, along with 250 student organizations. Full-time faculty positions have increased 35 percent in the past 15 years, Youngblood said.
“This is a defining moment for Oakland University,” Youngblood said. “Topping the 20,000-student mark will offer more proof that Oakland has become a first-choice destination for Michigan students.”
- 24 HRS
- 7 DAYS
- 30 DAYS
- Dozens file for Warren city offices as lawsuit lingers - Warren
- List of intersection accident data released - Metro Detroit
- Detroit Zoo crowdfunds to harness energy from poop - Metro Detroit
- Rebuilding Together breathes new life into homes - Farmington Hills
- Alleged murderer of party store owner to stand trial - Clinton Township
- Crime down, quality of department up in 2014 - Royal Oak
- Military museum announces upcoming event plans - Eastpointe
- Rock community ready to roast local show promoter - Roseville
- Tour the chocolate factory with Lamphere High’s ‘Willy Wonka’ - Madison Heights
- By the book: Experts explain how strange, outdated laws manage to stick around - Metro Detroit
- Kroger receives approval for $25 million marketplace - Royal Oak
- New kiosk to assist Stony Creek cyclists - Sterling Heights
- Jazz pros, students to celebrate music of past and present at April 30 concert - Detroit
- Stolen wedding ring a fake report, police say - St. Clair Shores
- Police investigate fatal single-vehicle crash - Shelby Township
- Construction continues at Macomb Mall - Roseville
- Frankenfoods: Are GMOs as scary as people think? - Metro Detroit
- Man in skeleton hoodie robs 7-Eleven - St. Clair Shores
- Jump for Trevor helps teen in need of a heart transplant - Southfield
- Farewell to the Field event takes a look back - Clawson
- Stolen wedding ring a fake report, police say
- Henry, longtime police K-9, to retire April 17
- Construction continues at Macomb Mall
- Berkley, Huntington Woods rank in top 10 places to live in Michigan
- NAMM award is sweet music to UCS
- Rock community ready to roast local show promoter
- Jazz pros, students to celebrate music of past and present at April 30 concert