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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2002 News Archive > 2002 Enrollment

ACU hits third highest enrollment

For immediate release
Sept. 11, 2002

Abilene Christian University's total fall enrollment for 2002 was its third highest ever, said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president.

Official 12th-day totals showed that ACU enrolled 4,677 students from 49 states and 60 nations, compared to last year's total of 4,690 students, and the record of 4,761 of fall 2000.

Tim Johnston, chief strategic enrollment officer, attributed the slight decline in overall students from last year to a reduction in ACU's traditional undergraduate student population.

"We have had an increase in students in our graduate programs and Bachelor of Applied Studies programs," Johnston said. "We are pleased with our traditional undergraduate enrollment considering the challenges we faced this year with the economy and effects of Sept. 11. We drew students from 60 nations, but the number of international students was down some compared to last year.

"However, we attracted more U.S. students of color, reaching a record high of 19 percent of the traditional undergraduate new students from the United States. This is an increase of three percent over last year and represents significant progress in our Centennial Vision goal to achieve a rich multicultural community at ACU."

Money said, "We are extremely pleased with the caliber of the students who have chosen Abilene Christian this fall. ACU has consistently attracted quality students, and this year is no exception."

The freshman class of 2002-03 is being called the "Centennial Class" because they will be seniors during the university's centennial year of 2005-06. When they graduate, they will join more than 84,000 ACU alumni now living in 109 countries.

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