Based on the increased number of applications for the 2012-13 academic year, a record number of students want to attend Austin Peay State University.
So far for the Fall 2012 semester, APSU has admitted 1,365 undergraduate students, compared with 1,127 admitted this time in 2011, which is a 21.1 percent increase.
Dr. Tristan Denley, provost and vice president of academic affairs at APSU, said the rising student interest in APSU can be attributed to many factors, including the greater number of opportunities available to them in and out of the classroom.
“We strive to offer students more opportunities at Austin Peay so that they have access to more opportunities when they graduate,” he said.
The increase in the number of applications can also be attributed to the focus APSU has on graduation.
“Students come to APSU because they know we are committed to helping them to graduate,” he said.
During the last academic year, APSU awarded its highest number of degrees on record, 13 percent more degrees than the previous year. Since 2006, degree completions have risen steadily, increasing more than 25 percent.
Denley said a substantial investment in adding new faculty positions is proof that APSU can accommodate the increased number of admitted students. Since July 2007, when President Tim Hall began his administration at APSU, there has been a net increase of 62 faculty lines, or full-time faculty positions added.
“This has helped to drop the faculty-to-student ratio to below 20,” Denley said. “Adding faculty lines affords students the opportunity to work more closely with their instructors and professors in the classroom.”
APSU continues to accept applications for the spring, summer and fall semesters in 2012. To view the opportunities at APSU, go to http://www.apsu.edu/opportunities. To apply to APSU or request more information, go to http://www.apsu.edu/admissions. - Dr. Melony Shemberger