ADA — The enrollment and orientation session for the President's Leadership Class, those freshmen receiving academic scholarships to East Central University next fall, hit an all-time high with 219 students participating in the four-day program.

"The past all-time mark was 180 students, so we went way over that," said Todd Essary, director of enrollment management at ECU.

All freshmen scholarship recipients have the chance to participate in the one-day program which gives them an opportunity to enroll in fall classes before other freshmen.

"I'm so excited for the university to have this prestigious group enrolled for next fall," Essary said. "Our staff, faculty and students worked very hard to make this all possible and so successful."

The number of students who qualified for scholarships is up 5 percent over last year, he said. The enrollment management staff received several comments from enrolling freshmen.

Kara Sneed of Seminole High School, who plans to major in nursing, said she liked the orientation experience.

"It gave me a much clearer picture with me being the first child in the family going to college," she said.

Essary said Tecumseh High School valedictorian and Regent Scholar Braden Parmer was skeptical of such an orientation but found helpful people and answers to his questions and is looking forward to his college experience at ECU.

"I got a great feel of the campus today," said Adam Mount, a senior at Beggs High School who plans to major in music at ECU. "I loved the campus tour. It seemed like the students there enjoyed meeting all of us."

Students who have not signed up for ECU's June and July enrollment period should call (580) 310-5628.

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