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A Year in Review

Taking OSU to new heights of academic and research excellence
On July 1, 2021, 2021, Dr. Kayse Shrum became Oklahoma State University's 19th president, making her the first woman to lead the institution and the first woman to lead a Tier 1, four-year public research university in Oklahoma.
Together, the Cowboy family achieved remarkable milestones during Dr. Shrum’s inaugural year, including the launch of a systemwide strategy process to guide the future of the university, the establishment of the Hamm Institute for American Energy at Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE).
From the grand opening of the Greenwood School of Music and the Ray and Linda Booker OSU Flight Center, to exciting partnerships with organizations like the New York Philharmonic, record-setting research funding figures and enrollment, there’s a lot to celebrate at OSU.

By the numbers

Fundraising & Recruitment
Stillwater campus


Total philanthropic dollars raised


Gift secured for Hamm Institute for American Energy at OSU


Total fall 2021 freshman enrollment — the largest class in eight years.


Number of applications for fall 2022 enrollment — a new record.


Driving the Land-Grant Mission

TeachingRecord-high graduate rates



Fall 2021 Retention Rate



Total research funding for September 2021 — the highest single-month total in OSU history.
Tier 1
OSU maintains Carnegie top-tier research university designation.


Oklahomans participated in OSU Extension programs in 2021.
Visits to OSU Extension website and fact sheets in 2021.
Oklahoma youth participated in 4-H programs in 2021.




Strengthening Cowboy Culture


Forming Ideal Graduates

94% of first-time OSU students took part in three or more Student Affairs programs.

91% of all OSU students took part in a Student Affairs program or event during fall 2021.

30% of freshmen are minority students, making the Class of 2025 the most diverse class to date.


Competing on the Field

Fiesta Bowl champions

National championship for Equestrian team

Big 12 Tournament title for Cowgirl softball

Back-to-back national championships for the OSU cheer team






Advancements in core academic areasIncluding health, aerospace, agriculture, energy and STEM

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Celebrating a historic year

State of Orange Inauguration Celebration
Join the Cowboy family as we celebrate the future of OSU and commemorate the historic first year of Dr. Shrum’s transformative presidency. Mark your calendars — everyone is encouraged to attend. The celebration will also be livestreamed for alumni around the globe on Inside OSU
State of Orange Inauguration Celebration graphic

Cowboy Moments

A Year of Orange Pride
Relive highlights and magic moments from the 2021-2022 academic year at Oklahoma State University with Cowboy Moments.
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