UA Fayetteville's Enrollment More Than 26K, Preliminary Figures Show

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014 10:50 am  

Enrollment at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is above 26,000 for the first time, according to preliminary figures released by the UA on Wednesday.

The flagship campus had an enrollment of 26,301 students as of Tuesday. It's a 3.8 percent from last fall's enrollment. The numbers will remain preliminary until after the 11th day of classes, a requirement of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

The Fayetteville campus also claims record enrollment of freshman and undergraduate students.

The UA said freshman enrollment was 4,579, an increase of five students from the previous record set in 2012. The undergraduate enrollment was 21,903 students, a 4.2 percent increase from last year. 

Since 2008, the campus has added more than 7,000 students, the UA said.

"There is no question that we have grown quickly over the last several years," Chancellor G. David Gearhart said in a news release. "This is not by accident, but part of a long-term plan we put in place to increase the size, quality and academic reputation of the university."

Graduate student enrollment was 4,018 students and experienced the largest one-year increase in several years. The pool of graduate students has grown 19.7 percent over six years.

Online enrollment was also up 21.6 percent from last year to 7,444 students. The block of online students has increased 506 percent since 2008, the university said.



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