35 Percent Minorities

Freshman Class at University Said Most Diverse in History

The freshman class at the University of Oklahoma is said to be the most diverse in the school’s history.

NORMAN—The University of Oklahoma announced that the class of 2024 is one of its most diverse freshman classes in its 130-year history, with   more than  35 percent of students identifying as minorities.

This year’s class includes 4,448 freshmen – the third-largest class in university history. Nearly a quarter of the students in the entering class are first-generation college students.

In this year’s freshman class, 526 students are entering the university with a high school grade point average of 4.0 or better and 225 students were ranked first in their high school graduating class.

Six hundred incoming freshmen have qualified to receive Oklahoma’s Promise and are utilizing the university’s Crimson Commitment resources, which provide tuition and fee support. Additionally, the Class of 2024 includes a record 78 international students who are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2024 to the University of Oklahoma  family,” said Joseph Harroz Jr. , president of the university.

“Most of these students finished high school under extraordinary circumstances and they are starting college very differently than most who have come before them.

The resilience and spirit of our freshman class is undeniable, and we can’t wait to watch them flourish here at OU.”

Mr. Harroz spoke to freshman students at last week’s Class of 2024 Kick Off event, which was held in the Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Extensive safety protocols and socially distanced seating were incorporated into the welcoming ceremony, which also included comments from Lincoln Riley, head football coach; david Surratt, vice president of student affairs and dean of students; Jill Irvine, interim senior vice president and provost; and Justin Norris, president of the student Government Association.

“Our current circumstances are, no doubt, challenging,” Mr. Harroz said to students during the event, but you’re on the threshold of newfound experiences and boundless opportunities that over time, will open your eyes to the potential and power that lies in each of you to make our world a better place.”

These are other statistics:

  • 4,448 freshmen;
  • Average grade point average, 3.63;
  • Average Academic Collegiate Test score, 25.8;
  • 55 percent are Oklahoma residents;
  • 35.5 percent are minorities;
  • 22 percent are first-generation students;
  • 600 are utilizing Crimson Commitment;
  • 526 had 4.0 grade-point average in high school;
  • 225 were ranked first in their high school graduating classl abd
  • 78 are Davis United World College Scholars.
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