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APSU main campus enrollment shows upward trend

September 11, 2000

Dr. Barbara Tarter, assistant vice president for enrollment management, says she is "cautiously optimistic" about final enrollment figures for APSU.

Data posted on the Tennessee Board of Regents Web site shows APSU main campus taking the lead in enrollment increases among all TBR universities after the 14-day marker. The tabulation does not reflect the two fall terms at Fort Campbell.

For the main campus, enrollment is up 2.55 percent, with 5,421 students compared to 5,293 last year. The full-time equivalency (FTE) count-which drives state funding--is up 2.0 percent with 4,748 FTE this year compared to 4,671 last fall.

Freshmen enrollment increased 7.6 percent-1,389 this year; 1,290 last year. Another major jump is reflected in a larger number of transfer students, which increased almost 10 percent over last year: 439 students for this fall compared to 398 last year. This seems to indicate that more community college students are choosing APSU over other universities or colleges.

The number of degree-seeking graduate students (those who have met all admission requirements) has increased by more than 12 percent over last year. Last year, 361 were in graduate programs compared to 405 this fall. New graduate students (those not yet having met all admission requirements to a degree-seeking program) increased from 94 last year to 114 this fall-up a whopping 21 percent.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe, interim president of APSU, is pleased with these preliminary figures. Under her guidance, University officials established a 2000-2001 budget based on a worse-case scenario of a 3 percent enrollment decline. Hoppe said, "When we began planning the budget for 2000-2001, we would have been fairly content to maintain a flat enrollment, so increased main-campus enrollment is exciting."

Final enrollment for APSU Center @ Fort Campbell will be sent to TBR Oct. 27. Hoppe said, "If enrollment remains steady at Fort Campbell, we will be able to reinstate some of the budget items we had to cut."