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    Louisiana Campus 2012 Enrollment Drops

    Despite tougher admissions standards for first-time freshmen and transfer students, the University of Louisiana's total enrollment remained relatively stable at 16,687 for the fall 2012 semester.

    Last year the total enrollment was 16,885, a difference of 198 students.

    "We projected that as our academic standards increased, we would see a decline in the number of eligible students," said Dr. DeWayne Bowie, UL vice president for Enrollment Management. "The decline was less than projected. While our freshmen class is a little smaller than last year, this class represents the most academically talented class that we have ever enrolled."

    The class includes 87 high school valedictorians. The average high school GPA of the freshmen class increased from just over 3.2 in 2011 to nearly 3.3 in 2012. The average ACT composite score of the freshmen class increased from 22.25 last year to almost 23 (22.99) this year, while the number of freshmen scoring 30 or greater on the ACT surged 35 percent.

    The number of freshmen participating in the Honors Program at UL has also increased by 15 percent this fall, according to Dr. Julia Frederick, director of the program. The Honors Program has grown from 936 overall students last fall to 1,085 this year.

    First-time freshmen enrollment for the fall semester is 2,728, down from the previous year's 2,966 first-time freshmen. Numbers of transfer and re-entry students decreased by 209. However, those declines were offset by an increase of 272 students, including new graduate students, high school students with dual enrollment, and an improvement in the retention of undergraduate students continuing their studies, according to Bowie.

    New degree programs added within the last year helped UL boost enrollment numbers, Bowie said. For example, the university began offering a Ph.D. program in systems engineering, a new master's degree in education and a new program that enables registered nurses to earn a BSN online.

    UL President Dr. Joseph Savoie said he is confident about UL's future enrollment. The university has seen improvement in the retention of students and continues to take steps to foster student success, such as creating living-learning environments in residence halls on campus and increasing academic support services for all students, he said.

    "Enrolling better-prepared students will improve our student retention and graduation rates," Savoie added. "We are very excited about our freshman class. We think that our dynamic university programs, our focus on excellence in everything we do and amenities like our brand new residence halls will continue to attract bright students to UL."

    UL remains the first choice for many prospective students in Louisiana. According to ACT statistics released this summer, UL is the second most preferred school in Louisiana for students who indicated a college choice on their ACT exam, with 8,032 requesting their scores be sent to UL compared to 9,550 requesting that their scores be sent to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston received 5,827 and 4,455 requests respectively as the third and fourth most preferred schools.

    Last week, UL was cited among 281 universities in the best National Universities category of the "2013 Best Colleges" by U.S. News Media Group. In August, The Princeton Review cited UL as one of the nation's best 377 institutions for undergraduate education.

    The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency List identified UL as the most affordable university in Louisiana earlier this year. In addition to leading Louisiana as the university with the lowest average net price to attend, UL is among the top 10 percent of most affordable four-year public universities in the United States.

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    Default Re: UL Enrollment Remains Steady; Incoming Students Better Prepared

    This is actually pretty big news, because I expected a substantial dip.


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    Default Re: UL Enrollment Remains Steady; Incoming Students Better Prepared

    NO this is fantastic news--Can't wait to see the other schools---After talking to admissions early with our scholarship program they were really worried and you could tell from the look on their face when enrollment questions surfaced

    the one disappointment has been the lack of retention

    --students just not doing the work---what's new

    But there was a tremendous recruiting effort with staff making over 300 phone calls apiece to check on incoming freshmen---Wait you don't think that HUD

    nah well who knows???? LOL


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    NO this is fantastic news--Can't wait to see the other schools---After talking to admissions early with our scholarship program they were really worried and you could tell from the look on their face when enrollment questions surfaced

    the one disappointment has been the lack of retention

    --students just not doing the work---what's new

    But there was a tremendous recruiting effort with staff making over 300 phone calls apiece to check on incoming freshmen---Wait you don't think that HUD

    nah well who knows???? LOL

    The school's composite GPA & ACT had to increase thanks to the enrollment of my two beautifully brilliant girls. BTW, I have them in the bag on the student fee increase. I've bribed them for their vote.

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    Default Re: UL Enrollment Remains Steady; Incoming Students Better Prepared

    Hey maybe an idea to have a "Vote Yes" pep rally

    --We chip in and have some speakers and maybe some school suds!!!!---Now the other side of this is to just keep a low profile and get it over with and get the win!!! Don't Know???


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandwagon King View Post
    The school's composite GPA & ACT had to increase thanks to the enrollment of my two beautifully brilliant girls. BTW, I have them in the bag on the student fee increase. I've bribed them for their vote.
    I'm a student and I'm voting for it too. I'm also not telling my friends about it lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandwagon King View Post
    The school's composite GPA & ACT had to increase thanks to the enrollment of my two beautifully brilliant girls. BTW, I have them in the bag on the student fee increase. I've bribed them for their vote.
    Extra Cajun burger a week for their vote?

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    Default Re: UL Enrollment Remains Steady; Incoming Students Better Prepared

    Quote Originally Posted by Bandwagon King View Post
    The school's composite GPA & ACT had to increase thanks to the enrollment of my two beautifully brilliant girls. BTW, I have them in the bag on the student fee increase. I've bribed them for their vote.
    I have 2 daughters at UL also and they will be voting for it also..........didn't need a bribe!

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    Default Re: UL Enrollment Remains Steady; Incoming Students Better Prepared

    Quote Originally Posted by I_Bleed_RED View Post
    I'm a student and I'm voting for it too. I'm also not telling my friends about it lol
    This. The less the student population knows about it, the better.

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