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Sept. 27, 2006

RSU Sets Records for Enrollment at Bartlesville Campus

Rogers State University has set records for enrollment at its new campus in downtown Bartlesville.

This fall, total enrollment at the RSU campus in Bartlesville increased by 16 percent at 747 students, compared to 654 students last fall, including students enrolled in on-site and online programs.

RSU has enrolled a total of 4,039 students university-wide the first time in the institution's history that enrollment has surpassed 4,000 students, university officials announced today.

Since RSU received accreditation as a four-year university in 2000, full-time equivalency enrollment (number of student credit hours) has increased by 68 percent, said RSU President Dr. Joe Wiley.

"We believe this may be the largest enrollment increase any college or university has experienced in the history of higher education in Oklahoma," Wiley said.

Although enrollment in most major categories has increased university-wide this fall, the RSU campus in Bartlesville has experienced the highest rates of growth.

The number of students enrolled on-site at the Bartlesville campus increased by 12 percent, from 393 to 438. The number of student credit hours (full-time equivalency or FTE enrollment) in Bartlesville increased by 15 percent, indicating the enrollment of more full-time students. Students enrolled in online programs at the Bartlesville campus grew by more than 18 percent, from 261 to 309.

RSU also experienced major enrollment growth at its campus in Bartlesville last year the first year that the new downtown campus opened its doors.

"We are very gratified by the rapid rate of growth in terms of enrollment at our Bartlesville campus," Wiley said. "We are also appreciative of the tremendous support of the Bartlesville community for our programs at that campus and anticipate growing even more in the next several years."

In the next five years, RSU officials have projected total enrollment of more than 5,000 students university-wide, including 2,000 students at the Bartlesville campus. This year, the university has added several new bachelor's degree programs, including two four-year degrees that may be completed entirely on-site at the Bartlesville campus. Several more degree programs will be added this year at the university, including the Bartlesville campus.

This fall, total headcount enrollment at RSU has increased by four percent on all campuses compared to last fall's enrollment of 3,884 students.

"Surpassing 4,000 students for the first time is a major milestone and source of pride for the university," Wiley added. "This record-setting enrollment is a testament to the market demand for higher education in this region of the state and a major endorsement of the high-quality educational product offered by RSU."

The university has experienced enrollment growth in almost every area. Enrollment of students in the RSU Online program increased by 14 percent and concurrent enrollment of high school students in RSU classes grew by 80 percent.

Enrollment is also up at the RSU campus in Pryor this fall. Enrollment at the Pryor campus now stands at 353 students, an increase of four percent over last year's total enrollment of 339 students. In addition, the number of student credit hours has increased by two percent in Pryor, indicating more full-time students there as well.

Enrollment for the spring 2007 semester begins on Nov. 1 at each of the RSU campuses in Claremore, Bartlesville and Pryor. To enroll or receive more information, call (918) 338-8000.