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Thursday, September 05, 2013 - OU to hit the 20,000-student mark for first time ever

Spurred by its largest-ever freshmen class, Oakland University officials announced today that the university anticipates it will top the 20,000-student mark for the first time in its history.

"This is a defining moment for Oakland University," said interim President Betty J. Youngblood. "Topping the 20,000-student mark will offer more proof that Oakland has become a first-choice destination for Michigan students."

The university's largest freshmen class ever – 2,542 first-time students – helps to make this the university's 15th consecutive year of enrollment growth, with a 1.8 percent increase over last year. The university expects student retention rates to increase by roughly 10 percent, with a total of 77.9 percent overall retention.

"Enrollment growth and student retention are two key factors in measuring how you are serving your students' needs," Youngblood said. "We are pleased that these numbers reflect the fact that our students feel they are getting a high quality education at Oakland University."

Over the last 15 years, admitted students have been increasingly well prepared for success in more than 260 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.

Meanwhile, the university has supported a 35 percent increase in full-time faculty positions; funded construction of four major academic buildings, two student housing complexes and four student life and recreation facilities; and become home to more than 250 student organizations.

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