COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The new freshman class at The Ohio State University is bigger and brighter than even. Enrollment data won’t be finalized for several weeks but the class will continue a trend of having higher ACT scores and of being bigger and more diverse than the previous year’s class.
At the President’s Convocation Monday, the freshman class of nearly 7,700 students were encouraged to stay true to their values and to make the most of their time at OSU.
Dolan Evanovich, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Planning, said the university received a record of nearly 50,000 applications for this year’s class. “The demand for the Ohio State brand just continues to increase in the marketplace,” Evanovich said. “Five years ago we had 29,000 applications for admission, this year we had 50,000.”
Freshman Lauren Nelson from Cincinnati says she was so excited that she cried when she got her letter of acceptance last December. “It’s kind of crazy when they said there were 50,000 applicants…just makes me more grateful to be here,” Nelson.
Eva Pottschmidt of Medina says Ohio State was always at the top of her list and she worked hard to get here. “I took a lot of AP classes and I graduated number 7 out of 570 people so that definitely helped me get in,”Pottschmidt said.
After the Convocation, the students were introduced to Columbus through a multimedia presentation and a laser light show.
Classes at OSU start on Tuesday.