FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab
Slippery Rock University establishes another enrollment record
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the eighth consecutive year, Slippery Rock University enrolled a record number of students for fall semester, this year hitting 8,325, a 1.2 percent increase compared to a year ago.
"Once again, we are pleased to have hit our enrollment target," said President Robert Smith in announcing the 2007-08 enrollment figures. "Our growth is testimony to the continued efforts we have undertaken to increase the value of a Slippery Rock University education and to the dedicated work of faculty and staff in ensuring our programs meet the rigorous demands of accrediting bodies that set national academic standards. Students and their parents know Slippery Rock University offers a quality, affordable education."
Smith said the University's recent No. 5 ranking as a "Best Value among Public Colleges and Universities" by Consumers Digest and its inclusion in the Princeton Review's top 225 public and private universities in the Northeast United States edition are validation the University delivers a quality education at an affordable price.
He said steady progress on the $120-million residence hall replacement project "has continued to draw student interest as have our plans for a new Student Union and a Performing Arts Center. We continue to improve the campus to meet the needs and expectations of our students and are creating an exceptional learning environment."
The University opened the first phase of its residence hall replacement project, funded by the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc., last fall. The final phase is now under construction and will welcome students next fall. The new Advanced Technology and Science Hall, along with planned renovations to Vincent Science Hall, are adding strength to the University's science programs and providing students with the latest technologies. Architects are meeting this week with students, faculty and staff for input on the design of the proposed Student Union.
This year's undergraduate enrollment stands at 7,585, with graduate enrollment at 740. Total enrollment last year was 8,230 on the 15th day of classes, the official benchmark date set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for all state system universities.
Monday's figures show 4,749 women enrolled fall semester, up from 4,682 a year ago, and 3,576 men, up from 3,548 a year ago. In other statistics, enrollment from the top five Pennsylvania counties, in order, show Allegheny, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer and Beaver leading the list, with the states of Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Maryland sending the most students from outside Pennsylvania. There are 89 international students this semester, with the United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland and Sri Lanka leading the list. There are five students from Kenya.
Minority student enrollment also continues to grow. Black student enrollment is up 5.6 percent compared to a year ago to stand at 397, and Hispanic student enrollment is up 16.7 percent to stand at 91.
Credit hours being undertaken by SRU students also increased 1.12 percent for a total of 115,893 hours for the semester.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.
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