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APSU student enrollment: 10,188

One by one, five students unveiled the exact student headcount at Austin Peay State University. The number revealed was 10,188 students.

Behind every number is a student whose dreams are being realized here at Austin Peay, President Tim Hall said during a public announcement and celebration this morning at the main campus. Faculty, staff, alumni and students attended the event, which culminated in the distribution of free commemorative T-shirts to the campus community.
One by one, five students unveiled the exact student headcount at Austin Peay State University. The number revealed was 10,188 students.

“Behind every number is a student whose dreams are being realized here at Austin Peay,” President Tim Hall said during a public announcement and celebration this morning at the main campus. Faculty, staff, alumni and students attended the event, which culminated in the distribution of free commemorative T-shirts to the campus community.

Now that Fall II 2009 figures from the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell are complete, APSU's enrollment is 10,188 for the Fall 2009 semester, pending approval from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission when it meets for its quarterly meeting Nov. 19.

Unlike any other state university in Tennessee, APSU cannot file final enrollment data until after the 14th day of classes of the Fall II Term at the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell, which was Nov. 6.

For 2009-10, the University has 9,296 undergraduate students and 892 graduate students, for a total of 10,188 — an 8.37 percent increase from Fall 2008 when the enrollment was 9,401.

The number of students attending APSU full time this year is 8,002 — compared with a full-time equivalency (FTE) enrollment of 7,498 in Fall 2008. That represents a 6.7 percent increase.

Enrollment in the APSU College of Graduate Studies has grown 49 percent in a five-year period since 2004. In each of those years, the number of graduate students has increased.

In addition to Hall, Provost Dr. Tristan Denley and Student Government Association President Chris Drew offered comments at today's event. Former APSU President Dr. Sherry Hoppe, whose administration helped the institution to usher an enrollment growth, also attended, as well as local and state dignitaries.

This week, several activities and events are planned to celebrate reaching 10,000 students, including student giveaways and faculty and staff receptions. -- Melony Shemberger