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Ohio University enrollment continues to be strong

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 18, 2006) -- Enrollment on Ohio University's Athens campus continues to be strong, according to preliminary numbers for the 2006-07 academic year.

Total enrollment is expected to be 20,214 students, similar to last fall quarter's total of 20,295 students. The first-year class numbers 4,094 students, within range of the goal of 4,100 new students. 

"This year's freshman class is strong in both numbers and quality, realizing the goals of our enrollment plan that we developed working with the faculty Enrollment Management Committee," said Provost Kathy Krendl. "The size of the freshman class was right on target in meeting our goal of an entering class of 4,100 first-year students with a strong academic profile. As a result, we have welcomed our second-largest entering class ever with the strongest academic profile in recent years. This is a huge success story demonstrating the effectiveness of the faculty working directly with the Office of Admissions to establish clear goals and meet them."

The freshman class has a mean ACT composite score of 23.4 this year, compared to 23.2 last year. The average high school g.p.a. of freshman students is 3.36. 

Multicultural freshman enrollment continues to be strong, with 322 multicultural students in this year's incoming class, similar to the 333 in last fall's entering class, a significant increase over the 225 in the fall 2004 class. Further the number of out-of-state students in the freshman class increased by 14 percent, with 373 non-resident students expected in this class, up from 327 last year.

"We continue to pursue our goals of increasing multicultural and regional diversity and enrolling students who show much promise and who will add to the rich educational experience on campus," Krendl said. 

A total of 12,685 students applied for admission into this year's incoming freshman class, an increase of more than 300 over the previous year's 12,367 applicants. The university admitted 250 fewer students than the previous year (11,027 last year and 10,777 this year). As a result, this increased the university's selectivity.

"To have an increase in students who wish to attend Ohio University in the very competitive higher education market in Ohio speaks volumes about the university's reputation and the fact that high school students recognize the value of an Ohio University education," Krendl said.

For the second year in a row, the freshman yield (percent of admitted students who enrolled) increased, with a 38 percent yield rate, compared to 37.8 percent last year and 35.4 percent two years ago.

Graduate enrollment is expected to be up by about 74 students, with 3,178 graduate students this fall, compared to 3,104 in 2005. Undergraduate enrollment is down by 159 students, with 16,602 students on the Athens campus, compared to 16,761 last year. Much of that difference is a result of the plan for a somewhat smaller and more selective freshman class.

Total enrollment on the Athens campus, five regional campuses and the Lifelong Learning program is projected at 28,287 students, down slightly from 28,751 total students last fall.

Expected enrollment numbers for the regional campuses and Lifelong Learning and their comparison to fall 2005 numbers are:

Campus (expected fall 2006 enrollment, difference from fall 2005)
Athens (20,214, down 81)
Chillicothe (1,856, down 92)
Eastern (682, down 95)
Lancaster (1,697, up 66)
Southern (1,855, up 71)
Zanesville (1,659, down 211)
Lifelong Learning (324, down 122)
Total (28,287, down 464)

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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