Marking a fall enrollment of more than 1,500 students for the third consecutive year, Ouachita Baptist University welcomed a total of 1,532 students to classes this fall.
The 2012 fall semester total also is the second largest enrollment at Ouachita since 2003 when 1,538 students enrolled.
“It’s always exciting to welcome both new and returning students to campus at the beginning of the academic year,” said Dr. Stan Poole, vice president for academic affairs. “With our second highest enrollment in the last 10 years and with the renovation of Lile Hall and several other academic facilities, we look forward to a great year at Ouachita.”
Lile Hall, originally dedicated in 1973, was renovated this summer as the new home of the School of Humanities. A dedication service is set for Thursday, Sept. 13, at 11:30 a.m. on the Ouachita campus.
Students also were greeted this fall with a major renovation of Evans Student Center, including the expanded Evans Food Court and new Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse.
According to Dr. Brett Powell, vice president for administrative services, “The objective of each project was to transform existing areas to make them more student-friendly and to meet the expectations for academic and student life facilities in today’s environment.”
Ouachita Baptist University, a private Christian liberal arts university in Arkadelphia, Ark., is ranked among “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine. Serving since 1886 as a Christ-centered learning community, Ouachita is educating students from 29 states and more than 30 nations.
For more information about Ouachita, call 1-800-DIAL-OBU or visit the university website at www.obu.edu.
By Trennis Henderson, OBU Vice President for Communications