The increase in the freshman
class is consistent with a record number of applications for UK undergraduate admission.
Applications reached 8,328 during the year, a record since the university
implemented selective admissions in 1984.
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freshman enrollment and a dramatic increase in the number of Lexington Community College
students have taken the University of Kentucky's combined enrollment to near 31,000 for
the first time.
freshman class on the Lexington Campus jumped to 2,957 students, an increase of nearly 10
percent over the preceding year, according to preliminary enrollment figures.
increase in the freshman class is consistent with a record number of applications for UK
undergraduate admission. Applications reached
8,328 during the year, a record since the university implemented selective admissions in
quality of the freshman class remained high based on the incoming students' grade point
averages and their scores on the American College Test (ACT). The middle 50 percent of the freshman class had a
GPA of 3.2 to 3.8. The range of the ACT
composite score for the same grouping of students is 22-27.
The top 23 percent of the freshman class scored 28 or higher on the ACT.
the freshman class are 59 National Merit Scholars, three National Achievement Scholars,
one National Hispanic Scholar, 98 Governor's Scholars, and 86 high school valedictorians.
President Charles T. Wethington Jr. had high praise for the student recruitment efforts
that resulted in the positive enrollment outlook, including an outstanding freshman class. "This represents a lot of good work by a lot
of good people," he said.
areas where the university should continue to put major emphasis and effort include
increasing the number of part-time students, the number of transfer students, and the
quality of the entering freshmen classes," he said.
Community College enrollment is up 5 percent to 7,150 students, the most since the school
became a community college in 1965.
President James Kerley praised the faculty and staff for
"taking the college into the community" during the year and
recruiting heavily, particularly in the African-American community, with a resulting
increase of 20 percent in first-time African-American students.
students now comprise 10 percent of the Lexington Community College enrollment and 5.5
percent of the Lexington Campus and Medical Center campuses. The entering freshman class has the largest number
of African-American students ever enrolled on the Lexington Campus.
total estimated enrollment for the Lexington Campus and the Medical Center is 23,816, an
increase from the actual enrollment in the fall of 1999 of 23,742. A significant increase was recorded in the number
of full-time undergraduate resident students to 12,862.
enrollment figures must be reported to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education by
UK, undergraduate enrollment increased in the colleges of Agriculture, Business and
Economics, Communications and Information Studies, Education and in the Undergraduate
a national trend, graduate school enrollment was down 36 students. Graduate School Dean Mike Nietzel said part of the
drop could be attributed to a record number of doctorates being granted the preceding
year. He also said the number of
part-time graduate students is down, perhaps as a result of a good economy in which there
ample jobs are available.
enrollment was up, however, in the colleges of Agriculture, Allied Health, Architecture,
Communications and Information Studies, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, and Medicine.