ACU freshman enrollment at 30-year high

Posted September 09, 2015

Abilene Christian University welcomed its largest freshman class in three decades as the school announced its enrollment for Fall 2015 on Wednesday.  

The semester’s official 12th-day enrollment of 4,544 represents an increase of 123 students over this time last year, with freshmen accounting for 1,071 of them, a 10 percent increase, said Kevin Campbell, chief enrollment officer.

This year’s freshman class, the second largest in ACU history, is also the most diverse at 40 percent, said Campbell. This year’s enrollment includes students from 47 states and territories, and 51 nations.

The retention rate of freshmen to sophomores ties an all-time high at the university at just under 80 percent, he said.

“We are thrilled with this talented new class of students and with the extraordinary gains in retention we've seen at ACU in recent years,” said ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “The ethnic diversity of the Class of 2019 reflects not only our efforts to attract students from around the world but reminds us of the broader Kingdom of God we aspire to serve and represent."

ACU also saw a slight increase in graduate enrollment to 784 students, compared to 777 last year. ACU Dallas, which began accepting applications for graduate programs in March, already has seen 102 students enroll.

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