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“I attribute this success to the Office of Undergraduate Admission and to all of our recruiters. They have been challenged to be more aggressive throughout the state and even out of state in the undergraduate recruitment process. We have started much earlier in our contact with high school students and their families and are seeing much success.”
-- Don Witt,
assistant provost for enrollment management,
University of Kentucky
Enrollment figures via PowerPoint
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky today reported a record enrollment of 26,900 students for the fall semester 2004, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. It also was a year that saw a record number of undergraduate applicants – up 13 percent from 2003.
This year’s freshman class increased by 9 percent with 3,987 students enrolled. This is the largest entering class in school history as well as the most selective and academically talented group of first-year undergraduates. UK’s newest students include 303 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and Governor’s School for the Arts students, 152 Legacy students, 157 high school class valedictorians (a UK record), 35 National Merit ® Scholars, and two National Achievement ® Scholars.
The middle 50 percent of the ACT scores of the incoming freshmen show a composite of 22-27, well above the national average of 18-25 and equal to or better than a number of UK benchmark universities. The middle 50 percent grade point averages of the new students remained steady at 3.3-3.9.
“It was a very good year for enrollment at the University of Kentucky,” said UK Provost Mike Nietzel. “This freshman class is the largest, most academically selective class ever enrolled at UK and is very diverse. Preliminary figures also show an increase in retention of returning students at UK.”
“We are very pleased that African-American freshman enrollment is up 20 percent over last year,” Nietzel said. “This can be attributed to the outstanding reputation of our programs and the effective collaboration of UK’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and UK’s Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs.”
The preliminary figures show that increased undergraduate enrollment is prevalent in several academic areas, particularly in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Communications and Information Studies, Health Sciences, and Nursing.
Following two years of significant growth, Graduate School enrollment remains steady with over 6,000 students.
“We are delighted with the Graduate School’s enrollment figures,” Jeannine Blackwell, dean of UK’s Graduate School, said. “Postdoctoral students increased by 15 percent, and doctoral enrollment in the medical colleges is up by 6 percent – this includes Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, and the new College of Public Health. This is a good sign for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
“We are very excited with the 3.5 percent increase in international graduate student enrollment. Given all the obstacles they have faced with world events, this statistic is remarkable,” Nietzel said.
“I attribute this success to the Office of Undergraduate Admission and to all of our recruiters. They have been challenged to be more aggressive throughout the state and even out of state in the undergraduate recruitment process,” said Don Witt, assistant provost for enrollment management. “We have started much earlier in our contact with high school students and their families and are seeing much success.”
Exact numbers may change modestly in the next several weeks as students are added or as they withdraw, but based on previous years’ enrollments, trends are expected to remain close to the preliminary figures. Final numbers will be reported to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education later in the fall semester.