The Ohio State University reported an increase in new first-year students and growth across the regional campuses in the Autumn Semester Enrollment Report released today.
The report includes key data about Ohio State’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students on the Columbus and regional campuses.
Student enrollment across the university remains stable. Enrollment across Ohio State’s campuses in Lima, Newark, Mansfield, Marion and Ohio State ATI increased by a total of 2%. The increase counters the national trend of declining enrollment on regional campuses.
“With a focus on affordability, accessibility and service to all Ohioans, we have worked with partners across all of our campuses to create opportunities for students to attend Ohio State,” said James Orr, vice provost for strategic enrollment management. “The results of these efforts are visible in this year’s 14.7% increase in the number of new first-year students across Ohio State Mansfield, Marion, Newark and ATI in Wooster.”
New initiatives across the regional campuses are helping to drive student growth. Ohio State Newark experienced significant new, first-year student growth due, in part, to the new Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology program on its campus. This program, offered through the College of Engineering, integrates business and leadership principles with engineering skills at a time when the market is preparing for the arrival of Intel.
Adjustments made this year to the Buckeye Opportunity Program allow all students on regional campuses to qualify for affordability grants immediately, beginning in their first semester.
The number of new, first-year minority students increased by nearly 11%, a record high, which contributed to the university achieving record-high total minority student enrollment across all campuses and all levels.
Enrollment for students who identified as African American increased 3%, a record high. Hispanic and Latino students saw a 3% enrollment increase, also a record.
The new, first-year students on the Columbus campus are also academically gifted: 96% are in the top 25% of their high school class and 68% are in the top 10% of their high school class.
Columbus campus enrollment is 60,046 and total university enrollment is 65,405. Both numbers are down by less than 1% from 2022 and reflect stability following record numbers of undergraduate students on the Columbus campus in 2021 due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.