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UCO Sees Growth in Diversity, International Students

Sept. 20, 2013

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma continued its growth in fall 2013 with a total enrollment of 17,217 students, an indicator that a degree from Central continues to be an excellent investment.

Within the student body, increases include a 7.9 percent rise in Hispanic students, a 7.4 percent increase in Pacific Islanders and a 15 percent increase in students claiming two or more races.

“Changes in student demographics at UCO reflect what we see in the Oklahoma City metro area. We’re glad to see those changes on campus and we will continue to work hard to serve those students,” said Myron Pope, Ed.D., vice president for student affairs. 

Fall 2013 also saw a 7.6 percent jump in international enrollment. International students represent 86 countries and 8 percent of the student body at Central. Saudi Arabia, China, Korea, Vietnam and Nepal make up about 68 percent of UCO’s international enrollment.

“International students choose UCO because of school affordability, campus safety and the friendliness of our community here in the Edmond and Oklahoma City metro,” said Timothy Kok, director of international admissions and communications for the Office of Global Affairs.

“Small classes, personalized education and the accessibility students have to professors and our student community in general all work to keep students at UCO. We hope UCO’s leadership and its community will continue to provide support to all of our valuable international students as they seek wonderful transformative experiences here.”

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