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FTE enrollment on main campus is up almost 12 percent

As of the 14th day of classes on the main campus, a day-to-day comparison of enrollment reveals that APSU is continuing to grow.

Main campus headcount enrollment is up 9.9 percent, and full-time equivalency (FTE) enrollment is up 11.5 percent.
Despite a drop of more than 20 percent in enrollment for the Fort Campbell Center Fall I Term, APSUs overall enrollment increased 4.1 percent and FTE enrollment is up 9.2 percent over this same time last year.
As of the 14th day of classes on the main campus, a day-to-day comparison of enrollment reveals that APSU is continuing to grow.

Main campus headcount enrollment is up 9.9 percent, and full-time equivalency (FTE) enrollment is up 11.5 percent.
Despite a drop of more than 20 percent in enrollment for the Fort Campbell Center Fall I Term, APSU's overall enrollment increased 4.1 percent and FTE enrollment is up 9.2 percent over this same time last year.

Final enrollment will not be registered with the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission until after the 14th day of classes of Fall II Term at Fort Campbell. Registration for Fall II is Oct. 3-7.

APSU President Sherry Hoppe attributed the enrollment increase, in large part, to the successful retention initiatives that have been in place this past year. She said, “We are happy to see a 4.6 percent growth in first-time freshmen.

“However, the most significant increase was in our sophomore enrollment, which grew 16.5 percent over this time last year. In other words, more students are returning to Austin Peay for their sophomore year. In the past, we often saw a significant drop-out between the freshman and sophomore years.”

Students enrolling in graduate school increased by almost 11 percent. Hoppe attributes this to new and highly popular master's degree programs, such as the weekend Master of Science in Management, and to more intense recruitment efforts of potential graduate students.

To date, total enrollment for main campus is 7,336up 9.9 percent from last year's 6,670. Main-campus FTE increased 11.5 percent, standing at 6,410 after the 14th day of class, compared to
5,748. FTE enrollment is critical, because it is the basis of the state's funding.

Hoppe is confident that the strong enrollment on main campus, the increase in online enrollment and enrollment in the new Accelerated Bachelor of Professional Students, which begins in early October, will mean an overall enrollment increase for APSU for Fall 2005.

APSU officials project that, when final numbers are reported in late October, total Fall 2005 enrollment could be about 9,000. —Dennie B. Burke