the past year, we have been very aggressive in getting
UK's message out to the students of Kentucky and our
alumni. I couldn't be more pleased with the demand
for UK's academic services. I attribute much of our
success in this area to the hard work of the staff
members in our Office of Undergraduate Admission and
Lee T. Todd Jr.,
University of Kentucky
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9, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
University of Kentucky today reported record enrollment
of 34,182 students for the fall semester 2002, an
increase of 5 percent over the previous year.
high enrollment for the undergraduate, graduate and
professional colleges, UK Chandler Medical Center
colleges and Lexington Community College includes
increases in virtually all academic areas and an 18
percent surge of freshmen.
am very pleased with these numbers," said UK
President Lee T. Todd Jr. "During the past year,
we have been very aggressive in getting UK's message
out to the students of Kentucky and our alumni. I
couldn't be more pleased with the demand for UK's
academic services. I attribute much of our success
in this area to the hard work of the staff members
in our Office of Undergraduate Admission and Registrar."
Provost Michael Nietzel attributed much of the jump
in undergraduate enrollments to two sources -- scholarships
being made available to all Governor's Scholars and
Governor's School for the Arts students, and the implementation
of the Legacy Tuition Program, which allows children
of UK alumni living out of state to attend the university
at the in-state tuition rate.
scholarships to all Governor's Scholars and Governor's
School for the Arts students turned out to be extremely
successful," Nietzel said. He added that the
number of Governor's Scholars attending UK this year
more than doubled from the previous year.
and the quantity of the fall 2002 freshman class showed
gains with 3,722 students enrolled contrasted with
3,140 the previous year. The class includes 272
Governor's Scholars and Governor's School for the
Arts students, 79 Legacy students, 148 high school
class valedictorians, 51 National Merit Scholars,
one National Achievement Scholar and one National
50 percent of the ACT scores of the entering freshmen
shows a composite of 22-27, above the national averages
of 17-24 and equal to UK benchmarks Ohio State, Purdue,
Iowa and Minnesota. The middle 50 percent grade point
averages of the new students were 3.2-3.9, an increase
over last year's 3.2-3.8.
should be noted that it is very difficult to increase
class size and also improve the quality of students,
but we have done that with this freshman class,"
Community College continues its growth. LCC is up
another 6 percent in enrollment with 8,291 students.
The Winchester branch has increased enrollment this
year by 34 percent, up from 125 students to 167. LCC's
South campus is up 7 percent with 1,463 students.
Last year LCC ranked fifth on the list of the nation's
top 50 fastest growing public two-year colleges with
enrollments between 5,000 and 9,999 students.
figures show that increased enrollment is prevalent
in virtually every academic area. The numbers may
change modestly as students are added or as they withdraw
in the next few weeks, but based on previous years'
enrollments, trends are expected to remain close to
the preliminary figures.
will be reported to the Council on Postsecondary Education
Nov. 1, 2002.
notable enrollment increases include agriculture,
arts and sciences, communications and information
studies, engineering, and nursing.
In other examples of growth, both international and
non-resident student enrollment and graduate school
enrollment at UK increased by 7 percent. Most notably,
the College of Engineering saw an increase of 36 percent
in the number of students pursuing a doctorate, the
College of Nursing saw an increase of 19 percent and
the College of Social Work experienced a 20 percent
increase in its master's program.
are very excited about the increases in engineering,
nursing and social work," said Nietzel. "These
are all areas that are state priorities and are important
for the economic development and the physical and
social well-being of our citizens."
of female students in the freshman class outpaced
the number of male students (54 percent to 46 percent).
Overall African-American enrollment at UK increased
by 2 percent.
university has worked very hard and has been very
proactive in its recruitment of minority students,"
said Nietzel. "Our Admissions Office and the
Office of Minority Affairs have worked closely together
to focus and enhance recruitment efforts."
positive enrollment news is a direct result of the
'team philosophy' that is very pervasive across the
entire campus, from recruiting, orientation, advising,
to registration and matriculation," said Don
Witt, director of undergraduate admission and university
registrar. Faculty, staff and the administration have
all contributed to this year's success. "