New AU freshman class smartest on record
AUBURN – Auburn University’s fall semester enrollment hit a record high, and the university’s freshman class boasts the highest average ACT score of any class at AU, according to numbers released by AU’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
AU enrollment stands at 24,137 students with all student groups – undergraduates, first-professional and graduates – seeing an increase in enrollment numbers.
“The University’s committment last fall to improving and strengthening the recruitment of students to Auburn along with the Board of Trustees’ support for the Spirit of Auburn scholarship program are key factors in the improved academic profile of our freshman class,” said Wayne Alderman, AU’s Dean of Enrollment Services.
AU’s graduate student enrollment saw the largest percentage increase from 3,245 last year to 3,375 this year, a 4 percent difference. Undergraduate enrollment for fall semester 2007 stands at 19,812 – a more than 2 percent increase from last year’s undergraduate enrollment of 19,367. AU’s first-professional student enrollment, which includes students in Audiology, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine, increased from 935 students last year to 950 students this fall, a change of 1.6 percent.
AU enrolled the second largest freshman class in the school’s history and potentially the smartest. The total number of entering freshman is 4,191 compared to 4,092 enrolled last year. The record for freshman class enrollment stands at 4,197, set in fall semester 2005.
Additionally, the average ACT score and high school grade point average for this year’s freshman class is notably higher than last year’s class and better than that of any freshman class at least as far back as 1992. This year’s class averaged a 24.8 on the ACT, up from 24.3 last year, and recorded a 3.61 average GPA, up from last year’s average of 3.56.
Auburn’s freshman class totals exceeded last year’s totals in nearly every demographic. AU enrolled 2,477 new freshmen from in-state compared with 2,472 last fall, and 1,714 out-of-state new freshmen compared to last fall’s 1,620. AU continues to enroll a high number of out-of-state students as more than 40 percent of the current freshman class comes from beyond Alabama.
A record 706 new minority freshmen were enrolled, up from last year’s record-setting 691. The number of new transfer students also increased this semester with 1,307 enrolled as compared to last fall’s 1,278.
The numbers reported Thursday are official enrollment numbers, calculated after the 15th class day of every fall semester.
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