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Preliminary fall semester enrollment up by 361

At the end of the fall semester enrollment period Tuesday, preliminary and unofficial enrollments statistics at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro show a headcount increase of 361 over last year, the university announced today.

The unduplicated headcount at all instructional sites associated with ASU-Jonesboro (Degree Centers and Regional Programs offerings) is 10,775, compared with last year’s final tally of 10,414.

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"We’ve seen a significant increase in our freshmen class for the second straight year," commented Dr. Rick Stripling, vice chancellor for student affairs. "Freshmen enrollment has increased 27 percent over the past two years. This year’s class represents the largest freshmen class we have seen in eight years."

Another strong point in the enrollment analysis is the number of returning freshmen from last year.

"From last year’s freshmen class, we’re showing a retention rate of 71 percent, which is a good indication that that class is strong academically. We hope to see this trend continue," Stripling added.

He attributed the increases to the collective efforts of the Admissions Office, the Graduate School, and Marketing, along with the guidance and strategies developed through the enrollment management plan.

Enrollment Highlights
Among the other enrollment highlights revealed in a quick analysis:

This year’s class of new freshmen, with 1,754, shows an increase of 170 over last year and a 27 percent increase from two years ago.

The level of academic preparation is higher in the freshman class, based on the students’ average ACT score and average high school grade point averages. This year’s average ACT score for entering students is 21.5, compared to 21.3 last year.

The full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment increased by 317. FTE enrollment is more important because that is the number used to determine the amount of state support to ASU. FTE is an enrollment measurement that converts the part-time enrollments into a full-time equivalent.

Occupancy in the traditional residence halls and apartments is up by 501 from a year ago, to a total of 2,406, an all-time record for on-campus housing. Some of that can be attributed to the required residency requirement for freshmen, but a significant part of the increase occurred in the upper classes because of new and improved housing facilities.

Graduate School enrollment is 1,436, an increase of 160 more than last year and a record enrollment in master’s, specialist’s and doctoral degree programs.

Online instruction has also increased significantly. This fall, 1,104 student were enrolled in Web-based or Web-assisted instruction, compared to 694 last year.

Small decreases in headcount among upperclassmen were not unexpected, primarily because of graduation statistics. During the last academic year, ASU awarded a total of 2,123 diplomas during Commencement ceremonies, just under the record that was set last year.

All enrollment numbers are preliminary as of the end of the 11th day of classes, the official day on which reports are based, and subject to verification before final submission to the Department of Higher Education.

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