Auburn’s enrollment, freshman class are university’s largest ever

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has reached its highest enrollment and its largest freshman class ever this fall, based on numbers reported this week by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

An enrollment of 25, 912 is 1, 048 more students than in fall 2013. The new freshman class accounts for 4,592 students, 866 more than last fall.

Wayne Alderman, dean of Enrollment Services, attributed the size of the freshman class to a record number of freshman applications and an increase in the share of admitted students who decided to enroll at Auburn.

With the large freshman class and a simultaneous increase in graduate enrollment, Auburn’s total enrollment reached an all-time high.

“Auburn continues to be fortunate in attracting capable students from Alabama, from across the country, and from around the world,” said Drew Clark, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

The new freshman class boasts an average ACT score of 27.0 and an average high school GPA of 3.77. Sixty-two percent of the new class are from Alabama, while 38 percent are from out-of-state.

At the bachelor’s degree level, enrollment is 20,629, an increase of 830 students from last year. Enrollment in post-baccalaureate programs, which includes professional-doctorate students in the Harrison School of Pharmacy and College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as graduate students in other programs, is 5,283, 218 more students than last year.

Notable gains at the school and college level have been registered at the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, up 400 students; the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, up 360 students; the School of Nursing, up 106 students; and the College of Agriculture, up 100 students.

There are 1,270 new undergraduate transfer students, an increase of 218 students from last fall, and 1,607 new graduate students in all fields, up 74 students.

Official enrollment numbers are calculated after the 15th class day of every fall semester and reported by Auburn’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Also this week, U.S. News & World Report released its 2015 Best Colleges rankings, and for the 22nd consecutive year, Auburn has been ranked as a top 50 public institution. Auburn’s undergraduate program in engineering landed on the 51st spot among all engineering programs nationwide at institutions that award the doctorate in engineering. It is ranked 28th among public schools, up two spots from last year.

Auburn’s undergraduate program in business was ranked 51st among all business programs, and 31st among those at public colleges and universities, up five spots from last year.

Contact: Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)