As the new academic year gets underway you are going to hear some remarkable stories about gains in first-time student numbers and their likely academic quality. Dean Richard Sweigard of the Herff College of Engineering has a great story to tell about their success in attracting new students to engineering this Fall.
“According to the latest Application Activity Report from the Office of Admissions, our number of new students enrolled is up about 16% over last year at this time. According to our own records, we have seen about 19% more students in new student orientation than we did last year. I am not sure what the final exact count will be but I am confident we will be in that 16% to 19% increase range.”
The really good news, however, is that due to their recruiting efforts and merit scholarship program, they have 40 freshmen with an ACT of 30 or above. This is significant because these are students who will very likely graduate. The University recruited very hard this year and it appears that, overall, nearly 2,250 incoming first-time freshman will be joining us, an increase of 231 compared to last year.
Dean Sweigard predicts: “I think we will see an even larger increase next year. The word is starting to spread among the local schools. We plan to visit about 40 high schools this fall. That should boost our numbers significantly for fall 2015.”
M. David Rudd, President