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APSU's enrollment hits historical high

Its official! Austin Peays enrollment for Fall 2004 is at an historic high, and a double-digit increase in headcount and full-time equivalency enrollment (FTE) makes APSU the fastest-growing university in Tennessee.

Both the headcount and FTE enrollments are the largest in Austin Peays history. Previous highs were reached in 1996, when headcount was 8,187 and FTE was 6,072.

APSUs final Fall 2004 headcount of 8,650 is a 13.4 percent increase over the 7,623 of Fall 2003, while FTE increased 10.4 percent (6,936 this fall; 6,278 in Fall 2003).
It's official! Austin Peay's enrollment for Fall 2004 is at an historic high, and a double-digit increase in headcount and full-time equivalency enrollment (FTE) makes APSU the fastest-growing university in Tennessee.

Both the headcount and FTE enrollments are the largest in Austin Peay's history. Previous highs were reached in 1996, when headcount was 8,187 and FTE was 6,072.

APSU's final Fall 2004 headcount of 8,650 is a 13.4 percent increase over the 7,623 of Fall 2003, while FTE increased 10.4 percent (6,936 this fall; 6,278 in Fall 2003).

For the Fall II Term at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, headcount enrollment increased 13.5 percent over 2003 Fall II Term, while FTE increased 12.8 percent.

APSU leads all state universities in enrollment growth:

•East Tennessee State headcount increased 2.11 percent; FTE increased 1.33 percent.
•Middle Tennessee State headcount increased 2.66 percent; FTE increased 1.61 percent.
•Tennessee State headcount increased less than one percent; FTE decreased 0.7 percent.
•Tennessee Tech headcount increased 1.21 percent; FTE increased 0.67.
•University of Memphis headcount increased 3.8 percent; FTE increased 2.6 percent.

Dr. Houston Davis, associate vice president for academic affairs, is delighted at the increases both on the main campus and at Fort Campbell. He notes that, at Fort Campbell, the largest increase (almost 60 percent) was in the category of active duty soldiers.

“Our main campus enrollment now (6,670) is almost what our total enrollment was in Fall 2001,” Davis says. “When I came here in 2001, my wish was to see main-campus enrollment hit 7,000 within seven to eight years. We've almost reached that in three years. It's simply amazing.”

APSU President Sherry Hoppe has attributed the enrollment growth to several factors, including outstanding recruitment efforts by Admissions Office staff, many faculty and APSU alumni, new high-demand programs and increased marketing efforts.
—Dennie Burke