September 25, 2007

ASU boasts record-breaking enrollment

Posted: September 25, 2007

Enrollment at ASU this fall has reached a record 64,394 students, growing by nearly 9,000 students since 2002. All four ASU locations experienced increases, with the greatest gains at the Polytechnic and Downtown Phoenix campuses.

“The growth in our enrollment and the quality of our incoming class speak to the university’s commitment to access and excellence,” says Jim Rund, vice president for university student initiatives.

The most notable growth is in the freshman class, with a record 9,274 students and more national scholars than ever before. ASU enrolled 265 freshman national scholars, including National Merit, National Hispanic and National Achievement scholars. National Hispanic Scholars total 111 and have increased by 164 percent since 2002.

The freshman minority student enrollment continues to rise, with a 9 percent increase over last year. Latinos experienced the largest gain among ethnic minorities, increasing by 15 percent over last year.

Thirty-three percent of the resident freshman class is made up of students of color, an increase of 121 percent in the past decade. ASU students come from all 50 states and more than 150 foreign countries.

The number of top scholars from Arizona enrolling at ASU also continues to increase at a record pace. ASU welcomed its highest number of Flinn Scholars ever, with 10 of the state’s 20 Flinn Scholars choosing ASU. More than 1,800 President and Provost Scholars, including 30 percent of the freshmen from Arizona, are part of this year’s class. These are students who perform at the very top of their high school graduating class.

The average GPA for incoming freshmen was 3.34, and the average test scores remain constant, with the SAT score at 1,077 and the ACT at 23.0.