ACU Fall Enrollment Up To 4,542 Students

for immediate release Sept. 10, 1997

Abilene Christian University's total enrollment rose to 4,542 this fall, the largest since 1984, Dr. Royce Money, ACU president, announced today.

Enrollment is up 3.3 percent - or 145 students - compared to last fall, according to official 12th-day enrollment figures.

"In these times of so many choices in higher education, we are delighted to be in demand as more and more students recognize the value of a Christian education at ACU," Money said. "With this growth, we are nearing our capacity in some areas."

Traditional undergraduate enrollment increased 5 percent - or 173 students - compared to last fall. Because these students tend to enroll for more credit hours at one time, they also contributed to a 5.2 percent increase over last fall in the total number of credit hours sold.

"Our Enrollment Team has done a marvelous job in contacting students and providing them with the necessary information in a timely way," Money said. "But we know that recruiting and keeping students is the business of everyone on campus and our success is evidence of that."

ACU welcomed 1,003 new freshmen to campus this year, up 4 percent - or 39 students - from last fall.

The freshman class is the largest since 1985 and includes 12 National Merit Finalists.

"ACU's enrollment growth is good news for Abilene," Money said. "It boosts an already thriving economy."

More students live on campus this year than ever before, including residence halls and University Park Apartments, said Jack Rich, executive vice president. The reopening of the renovated Smith Hall for men and Adams Hall for women to third-year and fourth-year students contributed to this record.

In this year's student body, 48 states and 58 countries are represented.

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Last update: September 11, 1997