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FTE remains up despite drops in enrollment, grad students

September 4, 2001

After eight days of classes, Austin Peay's FTE seems to be stabilizing at just under 3 percent.

Overall headcount is down by 3.23 percent this year, due in part to a 9.91 percent drop in the number of graduate students. Efforts to recruit graduate students have been hampered by lack of available funds for incentives such as assistantships.

Main campus numbers virtually mirror those of the overall university, with enrollment down by 3.37 percent but FTE up by 2.83 percent.

Undergraduate enrollment is up by almost 4 percent, however, growing by an additional 44 students this week, with 25 of those being freshman.

Total enrollment now stands at 5,220 on main campus,1,091 at Fort Campbell.

Total FTE, Austin Peay's equivalent of full-time students and the statistic on which state funding is based, stands at 4,891 for main campus and 421 at Fort Campbell. Registration for Fall II at Fort Campbell starts early in October.