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Freshmen Continue Educational Success

The freshman class at Oklahoma City University, which started classes Aug. 20, includes 17 valedictorians and three salutatorians. Also among the group are two National Merit Scholars, four National Hispanic Scholars and two State Regents Scholars.

Nearly 60 percent of the freshmen ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class academically. The average high school GPA is 3.58 for the university’s class of 2016.

“It’s exciting to see an exceptionally brilliant crop of students join our student body,” said Robert Henry, president of Oklahoma City University. “Many of these freshmen have proven their eagerness to learn and ability to lead during their high school days. We’re looking forward to helping these young servant-leaders continue their success through college and beyond.”

The 336 freshmen started classes last week, bringing OCU’s total enrollment to about 3,300 students. Freshmen came from 32 states and seven foreign countries. More than half of the freshmen are from outside of Oklahoma.

Many of the new students received a taste of the university community’s hospitality during move-in day Aug. 14, when Student Life representatives and upperclassmen helped the freshmen with unloading their belongings and setting up their dorm rooms. Other orientation activities included a Stars Week Welcome Picnic on the quad lawn, matriculation, a pep rally and a presentation by Novella Carpenter, author of the book “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.”

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