September 21, 2006
UA Enrollment at Record 23,878; Freshman Class Tops 4,300
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama moved closer to its total enrollment goal of 28,000 students by enrolling a record 23,878 students this fall. Enrollment at UA is up almost 10 percent over last year. The entering freshman class, at 4,378, is the largest in UA history.
“Our enrollment has grown substantially over the last several years. This planned, steady growth is a significant part of our long-term vision for The University of Alabama,” said UA President Robert E. Witt. “Our faculty and staff, our academic programs and our facilities have all contributed to our ability to attract and retain excellent students.”
Total enrollment is up by 2,128 students or 9.8 percent over fall 2005, and includes an increase of 17 percent or 643 students in the freshman class. UA’s total enrollment is up 21.6 percent since 2002-03, the year prior to Witt’s arrival as president. The entering freshman class has grown 65 percent since fall 2002.
“Our freshman class is not only the largest ever to enter The University of Alabama, but also the most academically talented. Our vision of enrolling the best and brightest students is truly becoming a reality,” Witt said.
“These outstanding students could go to any university in the country. We are proud that they chose Alabama,” Witt said.