Admission standards raised; enrollment drops
Efforts being made to increase enrollment
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 16:09
Graduate enrollment set a record this semester while undergraduate numbers fell.
ASU President Dr. Brian J. May said overall the university is down about 5 percent.
“We are lower because we have less freshmen coming here,” he said.
The enrollment figures, which were released Tuesday, are based on totals at the end of the 20th class day. ASU was down 352 students compared to last fall. There are 6,536 students, a 5.1 percent decrease from the 6,888.
Unlike undergraduate enrollment, the graduate school had 990 students sign up for graduate courses. Last fall the graduate school reported 880 students. This is the eight consecutive long semester in which the College of Graduate Studies has recorded an enrollment high.
May said ASU raised its admission standards to give students a chance to be more successful.
“We turned down several hundred more students than we normally have,” May said. “[The decline] is probably something we created ourselves.”
Recruiters have set out to talk to different high schools all over Texas to help get the university recognized, May said.
“We are also working really closely with community colleges for their transfer students to possible come to ASU,” he said.
May said that the enrollment numbers will be back up in Fall 2014. As for future plans for ASU, the university is always looking for new degrees and programs to offer as well as more ways to financially aid students.