ACU graduate numbers continue to rise, cultural diversity increases
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Abilene Christian University's total fall enrollment for 2003 included a 10 percent increase in graduate students and a total student headcount that remains consistent with last year's enrollment, said Jack Rich, executive vice president of ACU.
Official 12th-day totals showed that ACU enrolled 4,675 students for the fall of 2003, which exceeded projections by about 20 students, Rich said. The enrollment numbers also included 539 graduate students, an increase of more than 10 percent compared to last year's graduate total of 482.
"We're delighted that our graduate enrollment has seen such a significant increase," Rich said. "In a difficult economy, we're pleased with those results."
ACU's cultural diversity is continuing to grow as well. Among this year's new full-time students, 21 percent are international students or students of color.
"We are extremely pleased with our continuing increase in cultural diversity," said Tim Johnston, assistant vice president for enrollment.
More students from outside of Texas are choosing to attend ACU this year as well. The number of out-of-state freshmen in this year's entering freshman class is 213, a 28 percent increase from last year.
In addition, international student enrollment may be beginning to stabilize after slight declines since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said Kevin Kehl, associate director of the Center for International and Intercultural Education. ACU enrolled 49 new international students this year -- a slight increase compared to last year¹s 47 new international students -- for a total of 200 international students.
The addition of junior varsity athletic programs may also have helped attract students, with more than 100 students participating in junior varsity sports.
This year's total enrollment of 4,675 is virtually unchanged from last year's enrollment of 4,677.
"We offer a distinctive education that we believe the world is looking for -- graduates who bring Christian ethics and current knowledge to their offices, their classrooms and their churches," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "Our students are accepted into medical and dental school at twice the national average, top corporations heavily recruit our seniors, and churches and schools say our graduates make outstanding employees."
ACU now has more than 89,000 alumni spanning every state and 109 nations.
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