• The Southwestern

Despite Covid-19, 2.3% more students take summer classes

Updated: Jun 19


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Despite uncertain times because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Sayre experienced a 2.3% growth in summer enrollment.

SWOSU President Randy Beutler said the university is pleasantly surprised.


“All summer classes were moved online and this was cause for concern, but fortunately we ended up with 1,730 students taking classes this summer,” Beutler said. “Our focus right now is preparations for the return of SWOSU students in August and providing a safe and healthy return for the SWOSU community.”


 SWOSU fall semester in-person classes begin Aug. 17.


“The value of a SWOSU education is known far and wide,” Beutler said. “However, in order to sustain the quality of many of our programs, we cannot continue to rely solely on remote learning.  Digital and virtual learning technologies are an important part of our educational system and will continue to be so, but these tools cannot be a long-term substitute for the facilities and support that our campuses at Weatherford and Sayre provide.” 


Many of SWOSU’s faculty and students need access to classrooms, library, rehearsal rooms and labs to fully engage with their learning, research and instruction.


Additional enrollment information is available by calling the SWOSU Registrar’s Office at 580-774-3777 or emailing enrollment@swosu.edu.

By SWOSU Public Relations

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