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OU Welcomes One of Its Largest and Most Diverse Freshman Classes

OU Welcomes One of Its Largest and Most Diverse Freshman Classes

August 24, 2020

The University of Oklahoma announced that the Class of 2024 is one of its most diverse freshman classes in its 130-year history, with over 35% of students identifying as minorities. This year’s class includes 4,448 freshmen – the third-largest class in OU history. Nearly a quarter of the students in the entering class are first-generation college students.

In this year’s freshman class, 526 students are entering OU with a high school GPA of 4.0 or better, and 225 students were ranked first in their high school graduating class. Six hundred incoming freshmen have qualified to receive Oklahoma’s Promise and are utilizing OU’s Crimson Commitment resources, which provide tuition and fee support. Additionally, the Class of 2024 includes a record 78 international students who are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2024 to the OU family,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “Most of these students finished high school under extraordinary circumstances, and they are starting college very differently than most who have come before them. The resilience and spirit of our freshman class is undeniable, and we can’t wait to watch them flourish here at OU.”

Harroz spoke to freshman students at last Tuesday’s Class of 2024 Kick Off event, which was held in the Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Extensive safety protocols and socially distanced seating were incorporated into the welcoming ceremony, which also included comments from head football coach Lincoln Riley, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students David Surratt, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Jill Irvine, and Student Government Association President Justin Norris.

“Our current circumstances are no doubt challenging,” Harroz said to students during the Class Kickoff. “But, you’re on the threshold of newfound experiences and boundless opportunities that over time, will open your eyes to the potential and power that lies in each of you to make our world a better place.”

Other Class of 2024 statistics include:

  • 4,448 freshmen
  • Average GPA of 3.63
  • Average ACT score of 25.8
  • 55% are Oklahoma residents
  • 35.5% are minorities
  • 22% are first-generation students
  • 600 are utilizing Crimson Commitment
  • 526 had 4.0 grade-point average in high school
  • 225 were ranked first in their high school graduating class
  • 78 are Davis United World College Scholars

Final enrollment reports for the semester will be available the third week of classes.

For a look at data from previous years, visit OU’s Office of Institutional Research and Reporting.

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