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UC Exceeds Its Projected Record-Breaking Enrollment

Final enrollment figures surpass projected student numbers for fall semester.

Date: 9/10/2014 1:00:00 PM
By: Dawn Fuller
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UC ingot   UC’s final enrollment reported to the state this week exceeded expectations surrounding the university’s highest enrollment in its 195-year history.
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UC’s Office of Institutional Research reports 43,691 total student enrollment for fall semester, up 2.4 percent from 2013. UC’s record freshman class numbers 6,651, up 4.7 percent from 2013 (including the campuses of Blue Ash College and Clermont College). UC’s regional Blue Ash College reports a freshman enrollment increase of 17.9 percent.

On the Uptown Campus of baccalaureate degree-seeking freshmen, UC is reporting a total of 4,571 frosh, up 2.7 percent from 2013. Their average ACT score is 25.5 (compared with 25.1 in 2013) and includes 74 high school valedictorians. First-year retention is reported at 86.2 percent, on track for hitting a target of 90 percent by the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

UC is also making strides in diversity in its total freshman class, reporting 17.9 percent students of color for 2014, compared with 17.5 percent last year. Twenty-eight percent of UC’s freshmen report being first-generation college students.

Out-of-state students are up 8.3 percent over 2013 at 10,523. Both undergraduate and graduate international enrollment is climbing, totaling 3,193. Graduate student enrollment is at 11,014, compared with 10,673 in 2013. UC’s distance learners increased to 5,374 compared with 4,458 students in 2013. Part of that gain comes from UC’s College of Nursing, which is reporting a jump in its distance learners. Fifty-five percent of UC’s distance learners are from out of state.

Caroline Miller, senior associate vice president of enrollment management, says UC’s record numbers, gains in student diversity and academic class quality all reflect the university’s Third Century goals of transforming UC into one of the best academic institutions in the world. “It’s gratifying to see our diversified approach to student enrollment reflected in achievements on all of these fronts,” says Miller.

Final enrollment figures are announced as UC continues to rise in U.S. News & World Report’s national rankings. The just-released 2015 issue of the magazine’s influential Best Colleges guide ranks the University of Cincinnati 129th among the top tier of national universities, up from 135th last year.

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