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Bass School Breaks Enrollment Record; Students from 30 States, Eight Nations
The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University began the 2009-10 academic year AUg. 24 with its highest-ever enrollment of 380 music majors, eclipsing last year’s record-breaking total of 373. The 151 new undergraduate and graduate students represent 30 states and eight nations. The average ACT score for the Bass School’s Class of 2013 is 25.73; the national average for 2009 high school graduates is 21.1. More than a dozen incoming freshmen music majors scored 30 or higher on the test, and two are National Merit Scholars. “The strength of the arts on this campus continues to grow,” said Mark Parker, dean of the Bass School, who is beginning his 20th year at OCU. “The talent level of the students is at an unbelievably high level. Oklahoma City University continues to produce artists that are leading not only the American performing arts scene but are shaping the arts around the world.” The Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts – comprised of the Bass School, the School of Theatre, and the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management – have enrolled a record 836 performing arts majors for 2009-10.