Auburn University posts record enrollment, highest freshman ACT scores

AUBURN – Auburn University has achieved its highest enrollment in history this fall, and its freshman class boasts the top ACT score of any previous class, according to numbers released today by Auburn’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Enrollment is 25,078 among all student groups – undergraduates, graduate students and those enrolled in professional schools – which is up from 24,602 in fall 2009. Auburn has students from all 50 states and from 81 foreign countries.

New freshman enrollment consists of 4,204 students, up from 3,918 last year. The class compiled an average score of 26.9 on the ACT college entrance exam, outpacing last year’s then-record of 26.2. They also earned an average high school grade point average of 3.79, up from 3.69 last year.

“The caliber of new Auburn students is tremendous,” said Wayne Alderman, dean of enrollment management. “The Board of Trustees and the administration have made a commitment to bring the best and brightest to Auburn. Attracting these students is the result of the university’s strategic plan along with internationally recognized teaching, research and outreach.”

At the bachelor’s degree level, enrollment is 20,221, up 295 from last year. Post-baccalaureate enrollment is 4,857, up 181 from last year. This category comprises 983 professional students in the schools of pharmacy and veterinary medicine and 3,874 graduate students. The graduate student enrollment is a 5 percent increase above the 2009 figure of 3,689.

The numbers reported Thursday are official enrollment numbers, calculated after the 15th class day of every fall semester.

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