FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab
Enrollment numbers, academic quality show increases at SRU
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the ninth consecutive year, Slippery Rock University is reporting record enrollments while incoming student academic quality continues to rise.
Official enrollment numbers released Tuesday, based on the end of 15th day of classes (Monday) as set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education benchmark, saw 8,458 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for fall semester, compared to 8,325 a year ago. "This represents a 1.6 percent enrollment increase, right near our 1.5-2 percent goal," said Amanda Yale, associate provost for enrollment services.
"We are pacing our enrollment growth to our ability to continue to offer quality educational programs and increase the value of a Slippery Rock University degree," SRU President Robert Smith recently told the University's Council of Trustees. Smith said the quality of high school students applying to SRU has shown a steady increase in recent years. "This means students choosing SRU as their first choice for where they want to earn their college degree need to apply earlier and be even better prepared if they are to gain admission."
Yale said the average SAT score for this year's entering freshman is 1031, up 29 points from 1002 a year ago. There are 1,546 freshmen, up from 1,506 for fall semester 2007. "The average entering freshman's high school grade-point-average is 3.39, compared to 3.26 just a year ago," she said.
Yale said 11.8 percent of this year's class come from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, up almost 2 percent over a year ago; 39.6 percent are from the top 25 percent of their high school class, up 4.7 percent over a year ago; and 80.4 percent come from the top half of their high school class, up 8.7 percent over a year ago.
Students have signed up for record number of credit hours, currently marked at 118,211, up 2 percent from last year's 115,893 and on target with the anticipated goal for this year.
The year opened with 4,820 (57 percent) women and 3,638 men (43 percent) enrolled.
Out-of-state student enrollment increased to 727, compared to 609 a year ago, a 19 percent increase. The most students come from Pennsylvania, followed by Ohio, New York, Maryland and New Jersey.
African-American student enrollment increased 6 percent over a year ago, to 421; the number of Hispanic students is up 3.3 percent at 94.
A record number of students transferred to SRU from other higher education institutions. "We have 624 transfer students this year, up from 547 last year," Yale said.
SRU graduate student enrollment is also up. "There are 767 graduate students, up from 740, or a 3.65 percent increase," Yale said. Early reports show the largest number of graduate students earning their undergraduate degrees at SRU followed by Clarion University, Pennsylvania State University, Thiel College and the University of Pittsburgh.
The top five counties sending new, first-year students to SRU are Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Mercer and Erie.
"While we set in motion a plan to increase enrollment by 1.5 - 2 percent for the current year, we also decided we would continue to increase the academic quality of incoming students," Yale said. "We are limiting our growth, so that means more students are being turned away. This year we received 5,792 applications, up more than 1,000 from 4,734 in 2007. But we admitted only 59 percent of those applying. We are clearly looking to enroll those students who are dedicated to receiving a quality education and who are showing their dedication by hard work in high school."
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