FAYETTEVILLE (KTHV) – Preliminary enrollment figures at the University of Arkansas show that for the first time the flagship campus has a total of 26,301 students for the fall semester as of Tuesday, Sept. 2. Chancellor G. David Gearhart made the announcement at a news conference Sept. 3. The total is a 3.8 percent increase from the fall 2013 enrollment, a rate of growth that university administrators believe is sustainable. The enrollment growth continues to show improvement in both academic quality and diversity of the student body.
“This is a great time to be attending the University of Arkansas,” the chancellor said. “We’re excited to launch the 2014-15 academic year on the heels of several good news items: National Jurist prelaw magazine recently ranked our law school the best value in the country; the Chronicle of Higher Education recognized us as being the 7th fastest-growing research institution in the nation, and The Princeton Review and Kiplingers have both ranked us among the top institutions for value and quality. Indeed, we are bigger, better, smarter and more diverse than ever before.”
“There is no question that we have grown quickly over the last several years,” Gearhart said. “This is not by accident, but part of a long-term plan we put in place to increase the size, quality and academic reputation of the university. Improving our graduation and retention rates will be a major point of emphasis for us between now and 2021.”
Since 2008, University of Arkansas enrollment has increased by 37 percent – 7,100 students. This growth trend led the Chronicle of Higher Education to rank the U of A as the 7th fastest-growing public research university in the country.
This fall’s freshman class of 4,579 students set a new record, too, according to the preliminary numbers, with five students more than the 2012 class, which was itself the previous record-setting freshman class.
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