OU, OSU make history with freshmen enrollment

STILLWATER, Okla.  -- It could be an even bigger Bedlam year as the Oklahoma universities welcome their incoming freshmen.

Both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are making campus history with the size of enrollment.

OSU President Burns Hargis will welcome the largest freshman class in school history Friday.

The 2012 OSU freshman class is at 4,306 students -- an increase of 428 students, or 10 percent, from last year, which was the fourth largest class in OSU history.

OSU officials say this is the largest freshman class ever at a public university in Oklahoma.

The incoming class tops the previous OSU high of 3,927 students in 1980.

Of the more than 4,300 students enrolled, 15 percent graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and nearly 30 percent have an ACT score of 27 or higher.

The University of Oklahoma is also welcoming its largest freshman class in school history.

OU President David Boren greeted the new students Thursday at the annual New Sooner Convocation. Boren says the freshman class of more than 4,100 students is the largest ever in the university's history.

The Norman Transcript reports (http://is.gd/ZDiOQx ) that the new class includes more than 190 National Merit Scholars and more than 300 State Regent Scholars.

Boren says one out of every nine incoming freshmen graduated high school with a 4.0 grade point average.

Classes begin Monday at both universities.

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