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Key Enrollment Figures Show Progress at the University of Memphis
For release: Sept. 27, 2005
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Freshman enrollment at the University of Memphis is higher than it has been in almost 20 years, and more than 10 percent of them are in the University's Honors program. More upperclassmen are also eligible for the Honors program this year, and more students are transferring to the U of M from other colleges.

Those statistics from the University's Office of Institutional Research highlight the 2005-2006 academic year.

For the second consecutive year, first-time freshman enrollment at the University of Memphis is above 2,000 students, the best showing in that key enrollment category since 1988. The actual figure for fall 2005 is 2,074, compared to 2,062 last year.

Transfer student enrollment at the U of M is 1,478 this fall compared to 1,404 last year.

Enrollment in the U of M Honors program has also increased. This year 993 students met those criteria, up from 932 last year. Of the freshmen students, more than 10 percent of this year's class enrolled in the Honors program.

To be considered for the U of M Honors program, a high school graduate enrolling at the U of M must have an ACT score of 27 and a high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 out of a perfect 4.0. A student transferring to the U of M from another college must have a GPA of 3.0 (freshmen and sophomores) or 3.25 (upper-division students) to claim that distinction.

Doctoral student enrollment also rose this fall, to 806 students seeking that degree compared to 781 last year.

Total University enrollment this fall is 20,465, down less than one percent from last year's 20,688. University officials ascribe the slight overall decline primarily to a higher graduation rate, which is partially attributable to a reduction in the number of credits needed for graduation. That modification, made by the Tennessee Board of Regents two years ago to put the TBR system more in line with colleges nationwide, sets 120 credit hours as the graduation requirement compared to 132 before the change.

"We are very pleased with our enrollment figures this year," said Dr. Shirley Raines, president of the University of Memphis. "They reflect not only an increase in the number of students seeking a higher education, but they point to increased quality in the caliber of students who are coming to the University.

"One of our goals was to have 10 percent of the freshman class be honor students, and we have met that goal. We will continue to meet that goal, and to set it higher, and we believe we will continue to meet all of our goals."

The University of Memphis is one of 47 campuses operated under the auspices of the Tennessee Board of Regents. Five other institutions in the system are four-year universities, 13 are two year community colleges, and 28 are technical centers.

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