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Austin Peay leads state in enrollment increases for fall

September 2, 2003

As of Aug. 31, the 14th day of classes on the main campus, Austin Peay posted a 4.1 percent increase in FTE (full-time equivalency enrollment), the figure on which state funding is based. These data exclude the Fall II Term at the APSU Center@ Fort Campbell.

APSU has 5,698 full-time students this fall, compared to 5,488 last fall, giving the University a 4.1 percent FTE increase. Headcount increased from 6,809 last fall to 7,092 this fall, an increase of 1.9 percent.
September 2, 2003

As of Aug. 31, the 14th day of classes on the main campus, Austin Peay posted a 4.1 percent increase in FTE (full-time equivalency enrollment), the figure on which state funding is based. These data exclude the Fall II Term at the APSU Center@ Fort Campbell.

APSU has 5,698 full-time students this fall, compared to 5,488 last fall, giving the University a 4.1 percent FTE increase. Headcount increased from 6,809 last fall to 7,092 this fall, an increase of 1.9 percent.

According to Dr. Houston Davis, assistant vice president for academic affairs, what is most significant is that the figures reflect better retention. Continuing students increased 3.3 percent. Sophomore enrollment increased 5.9 percent; junior enrollment increased 2.4 percent; and senior enrollment increased 0.1 percent.

New transfer students grew 1.1 percent, perhaps reflecting APSU's increased focus on the recruitment of second-year community-college students.

Adding significantly to the overall enrollment was a highly successful enrollment for the Fall I Term at the APSU Center@ Fort Campbell, despite the deployment of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) and special units stationed there. The APSU Center@ Fort Campbell posted an 11.7 FTE increase and 9.2 percent headcount increase over Fall I 2002.

The Fall II Term at the APSU Center@ Fort Campbell begins Oct. 14, with registration slated for Oct. 6-10.