Preliminary figures show the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville has enrolled 26,301 students (21,903 undergraduates) for the fall semester, a 3.8 percent increase from last year and another record.
A release said campus officials believe the growth is sustainable and reflects improvement in the academic quality and diversity of the student body.
UAF has grown 37 percent since 2008.
The freshman class of 4,579 is five more than the record class of 2012.
Online enrollment continues to grow rapidly, with 7,444 students taking at least one course online, quintuple the number in 2008.
Final numbers won’t be available until the 11th day enrollment report submitted to the state.
The release didn’t include breakouts on minority enrollment, an effort in which the UA has been more successful with Latino students than black students in some years past. I’m also interested in the annual accounting of the number of students from Texas and other border states spurred by in-state tuition rates for them at UA — along with lack of seats in some of the prestige institutions elsewhere, such as UT-Austin.
UPDATE: Some numbers are up now on minority enrollment. Black enrollment is at 1,333, up 3.5 percent from 1,287 last year. Latino enrollment continues a sharper rise — up 11.2 percent from 1,507 to 1,676.
Also, it was mentioned today that the freshman class included 2,439 Arkansans, about 53 percent of the class, up from 2,192 last year and five more than 2012. CORRECTION FROM PREVIOUS: Last year’s enrollment included 14,632 Arkansans and 4,147 Texas. Texans were 16 percent of total enrollment, not 28 percent.