2002 Progress Report
Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements
Recruitment & Retention of Students
Strong increases in enrollment continued in 2002. With 2,440 new
freshman students enrolled for fall 2002, the target (by admission
status) of 2,200 was exceeded. The target of 2,200 for transfer
students was not reached with 2,090 students enrolling. New graduate
and professional student numbers of 2,270 exceeded their target
of 1,900. An additional 3,550 new students enrolled during spring
and summer 2002. A record student headcount of 27,500 was recorded
in fall 2002, with over 1,790 more students than in fall 2001.
1 provides enrollment trends.
Diversity of the new students continues to be a distinctive feature
of the university. Not only do we continue to recruit a highly
ethnically diverse student body while significantly increasing
our admission requirements, we also are in the top ten universities
nationally for numbers of black students who graduate [Black Issues
in Higher Education, June 2002, lists Georgia State as 7th nationally
and 1st in non-HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities)].
2 provides data on student diversity. Our ability
to attract Latino students in the future has been enhanced with
the award in November 2002 of a $1.5 million grant from the Goizueta
Fall 2002 saw a continued increased quality of new freshmen.
Quality of the new freshman class was our highest on record with
an average SAT score of 1071, an increase of 11 points from last
fall. More targeted use of presidential assistantships to students
with a minimum FI of 2700 increased the number of students with
high FI scores. Similarly, the average GPA for transfer students
was the highest on record with 2.91. Table
3 indicates increase in quality of admitted students.
Credit hour targets were also significantly exceeded. Summer
enrollment was up substantially for the first time since semester
conversion with an increase of over 14,000 credit hours to 107,000.
For fall 2002, over 298,000 credit hours surpassed our previous
highest total that occurred last year by 25,000. The average
number of credit hours per student increased to 10.9 for fall
2002 from 10.6 in fall 2001.
One-year retention rates continued to increase in fall 2002.
One-year retention rates increased to 81.0% for the fall 2001
class, an increase of six percentage points over the previous
year. Two-year retention rates for the class of 2000 were 63.9%,
2.3% points higher than the previous year. Table
4 shows increases in freshman to sophomore retention
rates and targets for years through 2006.
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