Oakland City University’s undergraduate enrollment is growing. The university says this fall’s incoming class of undergrads is the largest in 16 years.
According to OCU’s data, enrollment grew to 189 new students, a 12% increase in overall on-campus undergraduate enrollment since 2021 and a 36% increase since 2017.
“Oakland City University is quickly becoming the choice for students and families who desire higher education in a professional, Christian atmosphere,” said Brian Baker, vice president for enrollment management. “The enrollment and campus growth results from our dedicated faculty and staff’s tireless efforts. This fall, our admissions team will continue to build on these recruitment efforts as OCU becomes a model for the Christian university in the 21st Century.”
OCU says the racial diversity of its student population also continues to grow. The university’s original target, which was to increase students of color by 17% for 2022, has been exceeded with students of color now making up 38% of the undergraduate student body.
“Oakland City University has made extraordinary steps in advancing the diversity of our campus community,” said President Ron Dempsey. “As a professional Christian university, we believe that God created all humanity, and our faith calls us to love all people. Therefore, this institution provides equity and inclusion to our students, and as a result, our campus is becoming more diverse.”
The university says the increase is primarily due to growth among its international students. OCU’s campus is home to 90 international students from 29 countries.