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APSU'S early fall enrollment numbers look promising

Following the second day of classes at Austin Peay State University, officials tracking enrollment patterns year to year say enrollment for Fall 2006 could easily top 9,000for the first time in the Universitys history.

New and continuing freshman enrollment is up 3 percent over Fall 2005, with sophomore enrollment increasing 4.2 percent and junior enrollment, 8.4 percent. Senior numbers are down a fraction.
Following the second day of classes at Austin Peay State University, officials tracking enrollment patterns year to year say enrollment for Fall 2006 could easily top 9,000for the first time in the University's history.

New and continuing freshman enrollment is up 3 percent over Fall 2005, with sophomore enrollment increasing 4.2 percent and junior enrollment, 8.4 percent. Senior numbers are down a fraction.

“As of the second day of classes, our ‘continuing' students have increased by almost 5 percent over last fall,” said Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president. “That indicates our retention efforts are working.”

The number of students enrolled in graduate programs has increased dramaticallyup more than 20 percent over last fall, from 597 to 718.

On the main campus, the total headcountafter the second day of classeshas increased by 4.7 percentfrom 7,283 last fall to 7,629. Full-time equivalency (FTE) on main campus has increased more than 2 percentfrom 6,485 in Fall 2005 to 6,623 this fall.

Hoppe notes that admission for Fall Term II at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell is ongoing. That data will not be included in the overall enrollment until late October.

Regardless, to date (including Fall Term I at Fort Campbell), APSU enrollment as of Aug. 29, 2006, stands at 8,593up almost 4 percent over this same time last fall, with FTE up almost 2 percent.

“Currently, enrollment for this fall is tracking similarly to last yearwith more students yet to enroll in our online classes and in Fall II at Fort Campbell,” Hoppe said. “If we look at where we were at this time last year compared to now and track enrollment forward to the finish this fall, we should end up with a total enrollment of more than 9,000 students.”

Final enrollment data for main campus will be released on the 14th day of classes. Total enrollment figures, both headcount and FTE, will be released in late October, after the 14th day of classes at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell.

For detailed comparisons, contact Dr. Patricia Mulkeen, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, by telephone at (931) 221-7025. For more information on retention initiatives, contact Dr. Harriett McQueen, dean of enrollment management and academic support, by telephone at (931) 221-6541. -- Dennie B. Burke