May 13, 2008

Fall 2007 Enrollment Surpasses 25,000 Students

More students than ever are choosing The University of Alabama. A total of 25,580 students enrolled at the University this past fall, an increase of 7 percent over last year. The entering freshman class of 4,538 students surpassed last year’s record-breaking class by 200.

This planned steady growth is a significant part of the University’s long-term vision, which includes a total enrollment goal of 28,000.

Helping make UA the university of choice for the best and brightest students are the 77 National Merit Scholars in the fall 2007 freshman class.

Based on information in the National Merit Scholarship Corp.’s latest annual report (2005–06), UA is in the top 10 percent nationally among colleges and universities that enroll National Merit Scholars.

UA’s 2007 freshman class also has 21 National Achievement Scholars, an increase from 18 in the 2006 class. The National Achievement academic competition recognizes outstanding African-American high-school students.

Helping to challenge the minds of UA’s newest students is the Honors College, where one in four freshmen is enrolled. These 1,063 students represent an 18 percent increase in Honors College enrollment over 2006. To be accepted to Honors College as an entering freshman, a student must score at the 95th percentile or higher on a college admission test.

Giving more credence to the intelligence of the freshman class are the 931 students who graduated from high school with a 4.0 or higher grade point average and the 907 students who received college credit based on scores earned on Advanced Placement exams.

The University’s growing reputation as a student-centered research institution is also not lost on students living in Alabama. The number of freshmen from Alabama has steadily increased to a record-high enrollment of 3,041 in 2007. This total represents a 5 percent increase over fall 2006 and a 50 percent increase since 2002.

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