Katie Wilder (334) 844-2994 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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AT ALL-TIME HIGH
Freshman Minority Enrollment Up 17 Percent
AUBURN - Auburn Universitys fall semester enrollment is at an all-time
high and applications to the university continue to increase, according
to numbers released by AUs Office of Institutional Research and
AUs total enrollment of 23,547 exceeds its previous record of 23,333
set last fall. In addition to this record, AU received an unprecedented
15,921 applications for fall semester 2006 from new freshmen, a 12 percent
increase from the 14,249 applications received for fall semester 2005.
Indicators for Auburns future are very bright and our record
enrollment is an example of that, said AU President Ed Richardson.
These numbers are evidence that there is still a great demand for
an Auburn education. In fact, our demand for 2007 is already exceeding
what we would have expected.
A record 691 minority freshmen enrolled fall semester represents a 17
percent increase over last years 574 minority freshmen enrolled.
Of those 691 freshmen minorities, 481 are African American, an increase
over last years 398 African American freshmen.
The total number of freshmen enrolled is 4,092, down slightly from last
years record of 4,197.
While the number of new freshmen enrolled for fall 2006 is less
than our all-time high from last year, that number reflects the universitys
desire to manage our enrollment to match our available resources,
said John Fletcher, AUs assistant vice president for enrollment
AU enrolled 2,472 new freshmen from in-state, a slight increase over the
2,468 in-state freshmen last fall and 1,620 out-of-state new freshmen
compared to last falls 1,729.
AUs freshman class averages a 24.3 ACT score and a 3.56 high school
Fletcher attributed the increase in overall enrollment partially to an
increase in the number of transfer students enrolled. AU enrolled 1,278
new transfer students, an increase from 1,057 enrolled last year.
Fletcher also cited AUs ranking among the top 50 public institutions
for the 14th consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report as an important
factor leading to increased enrollment.
Other fall semester enrollment numbers include 19,367 undergraduates,
up from 19,254 last year; 935 first-year professional (veterinary medicine
and pharmacy) students, up from 910 last year; and 3,245 graduate students,
up from 3,169 last year.
The numbers reported Thursday are official enrollment numbers, calculated
after the 15th class day of every fall semester.
Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research
institution with more than 23,500 students and 6,500 faculty and staff.
Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabamas
largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate,
graduate and doctoral degree programs.
(Contributed by Katie Wilder.)