UA Sees Record Student Growth
The University of Arkansas set record student growth in official enrollment numbers released Thursday.
Numbers show the university’s 2012 fall enrollment at 24,537 students, a 5.8 percent increase from last year’s official student population of 23,399.
The UA also saw a 6.9 percent increase in the number of undergraduate students, with 20,349 undergrads. It is the first time the university’s undergraduate student population has risen above 20,000 students, according to the UA’s communications office.
UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart said he believes the increased enrollment means prospective students are recognizing the reputation and quality of the institution.
The enrollment announcement comes in the same year the university’s Board of Trustees announced a base tuition increase for students. In-state tuition rose almost $400 to $7,553. Out-of-state students pay a base tuition of $17,022, according to the University of Arkansas.
Gearhart said earlier this school year the university would advance a new initiative to hire scores of new teachers as student enrollment rises.
The gender gap at the university has flipped, as the official enrollment figures show the number of undergraduate women edging the number of men for the first time in the UA’s history. There are 23 more undergraduate women than men, according to the communications office.
The university also saw a record number of first-time degree-seeking freshmen, with 4,571 students, a 3 percent increase from last year.