Oakland City, IN – Wednesday, September 14, 2022) – According to data released by Oakland City University, its Fall 2022 incoming class of undergraduate students is the largest in 16 years. Enrollment ballooned to 189 new students, an increase in overall undergraduate enrollment on the OCU campus by 12% from 2021 and 36% since 2017.
Vice President for Enrollment Management Brian Baker stated, “Oakland City University is quickly becoming the choice for students and families who desire higher education in a professional, Christian atmosphere. 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.”
The racial/ethnic diversity of the OCU student population continues to expand rapidly. OCU targeted an increase in students of color to 17% by 2022. With the 2022 enrollment, students of color represent 38% of the undergraduate student body. This increase is primarily due to OCU’s growth of international students. OCU is home to 90 international students from 29 countries. The racial/ethnic breakdown of undergraduates at the main campus is Native American/Alaskan Native -.7%, Asian – 1.4%, Black/African American – 10.9%, Hispanic of any race 3.01%, International/Non-Resident – 14.85%, Two or More Races – 6.96%, and White/Caucasian – 51.5%.
President Ron Dempsey stated, “Oakland City University has made extraordinary steps in advancing the diversity of our campus community. 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.”