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Enrollment is steady; minority enrollment shows increase

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 29, 2004) -- An increase in freshman enrollment is helping Ohio University remain relatively steady in its overall student body numbers for the fall quarter of 2004 according to the fourth-week headcount of students.

Freshman enrollment figures stand at 3,795 representing an increase of 123 students over last year. In addition, the quality of the class remains strong with an average ACT score of 23.6 and high school percentile rank of 71.2. Although this year's ACT scores do fall slightly below last year's mean of 23.9, there are actually fewer freshmen with scores of less than 16 and more students with scores higher than 31.

"Overall, our Athens campus enrollment is 99.1 percent of what we projected (19,722 compared to 19,909) and our total enrollment is 98.1 percent of what it was at the same time last year (28,528 compared to 29,088)," said interim Provost Kathy Krendl.

Total enrollment on the Athens campus is expected to reach 19,722 students representing a slight decrease from a year ago. Undergraduate enrollment on the Athens campus is expected to be 16,644. Enrollment for all campuses is expected to reach 28,528.

The final figures do represent an overall university drop in enrollment of 560 students from a year ago. Still, minority enrollment on the Athens campus is up in both numbers (1,121 in 2003 and 1,145 in 2004) and percentage, with 24 more minority students increasing the percentage of minority students in the student body from 5.7 percent to 5.9 percent. In addition, the retention of African-American students after the first year improved from 73 percent to 80 percent.

The yield (percent of accepted students who enrolled) of out-of-state students is slightly higher than last year, moving from 20.4 percent to 20.7 percent.

"While we are somewhat disappointed that not all of our projections have been met, we are tremendously heartened by our strong showing in two areas of concentration," said university President Roderick McDavis. "We continue to emphasize enrollment of multicultural and out-of-state students to contribute to our overall diversity and we have realized modest gains in those areas."

Among other notes of the enrollment numbers:

  • Continuing undergraduate enrollment is down by 256 students from last year, but only 76 fewer than projected. A smaller number was anticipated, based on the large graduating class last academic year, with 4,148 earning undergraduate degrees, an increase of 157 students over the year prior to that.

  • Freshman retention after the first year remains about the same, at 82 percent for last year, compared to 83 percent the previous year.

  • The enrollment of international students on the Athens campus is down by 85 students, with 1,031 in 2004 and 1,116 at the same time last fall.

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