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Fall enrollment tops 67,000

September 24, 2008

Enrollment at ASU this fall has reached a record 67,082 students, more than 4 percent higher than last year’s 64,394.

ASU’s enrollment has grown by nearly 12,000 students since 2002, when it adopted the mission of becoming a high-quality, high-access university. All four ASU campuses experienced an increase.

The Downtown Phoenix campus enrolled 8,431 students in its third year, with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication having relocated downtown from the Tempe campus this fall. Last year there were 6,595 enrolled.

At the Tempe campus, 52,734 students are enrolled, increasing more than a thousand over last year’s 51,481.

Enrollment at the Polytechnic campus in Mesa grew to 9,614, a 10 percent increase from last year’s 8,752. Enrollment at the West campus grew to 9,572 from 8,664 last year.

More students are attending ASU full time, almost 6 percent more than last year. Of the total enrollment, 13,784 are graduate students.

ASU enrolled 168 freshman National Merit Scholars this year. The number of freshman National Merit, National Hispanic and National Achievement scholars totals 278, up 25 percent in the past five years.

While overall minority enrollment numbers are not yet available, more than one-third of the 2008 freshmen are ethnic minority students, doubling over the past 10 years.

The number of top scholars from Arizona enrolling at ASU also continues to increase at record pace. ASU welcomed 11 Flinn Scholars, with more than half the state’s 20 Flinn Scholars choosing ASU. President and Provost Scholars, students who perform at the very top of their Arizona high school graduating class, increased 13 percent.

Campus enrollment figures total more than the overall unduplicated count of 67,082, as ASU students take advantage of the courses that are offered by departments throughout the university, not just at the campus that is the academic home of the student.