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Newman fall enrollment increases slightly

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 8 a.m.

Newman University enrollment slightly increased, to another record-high fall enrollment, university officials said in a news release.

As of the 20th day of fall classes, 3,108 students are enrolled for the fall 2012 semester, compared with last year’s 3,021, an increase of 2.8 percent, the university said.

The fall 2011 overall enrollment of 3,021 represented a 9 percent increase over the 2,746 students in the fall 2010 semester, and a two-year increase of 15 percent over the 2,557 students in fall 2009.

“With the economic challenges still facing our region, we are delighted to see enrollment increase, albeit slight.” said Newman president Noreen Carrocci in the news release. “What is particularly exciting to me is the fact the average ACT composite score of Newman’s incoming freshman class increased. This year the average ACT composite score is 25, up two points from the last two years. That says a lot about our growing reputation for academic excellence.”

The number of undergraduate students again showed gains in both headcount and credit hours. A total of 1,396 undergraduates enrolled for the fall 2012 semester, a 2 percent increase over the 1,369 in fall 2011. Full-time equivalency (FTE) for undergraduates is up 5 percent over last year with 1,522.07 compared to 1,447.87 last year, the university said.

In addition, nearly 1,000 area high school students are benefiting from Newman’s dual credit program by taking college credit courses while still in high school.

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