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New report highlights record size, smarts and diversity of Ohio State student enrollment

The newest official enrollment data for The Ohio State University show the 2018-19 academic year student body is setting records for talent, diversity and size.

The 2018 Autumn Semester Enrollment Report summarizes enrollment facts and figures for the Columbus and regional campuses. The report also highlights key data about undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

The new first-year class on the Columbus campus comes in with a record-high average ACT score of 29.3. Of these students, 64 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes and 95 percent were in the top 25 percent of their high school classes.

The class size stands at 7,851 new first-year students on the Columbus campus, up 10 percent over the class that entered in autumn 2017.

Diversity has increased across the university. New first-year student ethnic minority representation increased to a record 1,658 students on the Columbus campus – 21.1 percent of the class.

In figures for all campuses and students at all levels, enrollment by students who are Hispanic or Latino increased over last year by 10.6 percent to 3,018, a record high. African American student enrollment increased 8.7 percent and reached a record high of 4,327 students, and Asian student enrollment increased 8.3 percent, to 4,414 – also a record high.

According to the report, total university enrollment increased 2.5 percent from 2017 to 2018. A record-high 68,100 students attend either the Columbus or a regional campus for the new academic year.

Enrollment at the Columbus campus also saw a record number of students this year: The total enrollment is 61,170 for 2018 – an increase of 2.2 percent from over last fall.

Graduate and professional student enrollment also increased year-over-year. A record-high 11,097 graduate students and 3,253 post-baccalaureate professional students attend classes at the Columbus campus.