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ASU enrollment sets record

September 15, 2006

Enrollment at ASU this fall has reached a record 63,278 students, almost 4 percent higher than last year’s 61,033.

ASU’s enrollment has grown by nearly 8,000 students since 2002, when its mission emerged to become a high-quality, high-access model of President Michael Crow’s vision of the New American University.

“ASU is a university on the rise in the second-fastest-growing state in the nation,” says Jim Rund, vice president for university student initiatives. “Our goal is to serve the people of Arizona – to build high-quality programs and expand our capacity to meet the growing demand for a university education.”

ASU has strategically placed programs on campuses where they can flourish.

At the new Downtown Phoenix campus, ASU enrolled 6,229 students, with the colleges of public programs, nursing and health care innovation and the University College having relocated downtown from the Tempe campus this fall.

At the Tempe campus, 51,234 students are enrolled, comparing closely with last year’s 51,612, even with the shift of three colleges downtown.

Enrollment at the Polytechnic campus in Mesa grew to 6,545 from 4,865 last year. Enrollment at the West campus grew 6 percent to 8,211 from 7,734 last year.

Campus enrollment figures total more than the overall unduplicated count of 63,278, 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, says Lou Ann Denny, associate vice president and university registrar.

While the incoming freshman class profile and demographic information will be available soon, projections continue to indicate that ASU will have the largest freshman class of any public university in the nation this fall. ASU also is projected to have the most national scholars and the most diverse class in the university’s history.

Sarah Auffret,

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