SUNO enrollment highest since Katrina - Friday, September 17, 2010
University, New Orleans' (SUNO) enrollment has risen for the Fall 2010 semester
and has reached its highest number since Hurricane Katrina. The University's
success comes despite projections that the enrollment would dip below 2,900
students due to new higher admission standards.
SUNO's Fall 2010 enrollment stands at 3,166 after
recording 3,141 students in the Fall of 2009. The Fall 2010 enrollment
surpasses the projected enrollment by 9 percent.
"We are very pleased with these results," said Victor Ukpolo, chancellor of
SUNO. "Once again, our recruiters, faculty, and staff answered the call
to welcome students to SUNO even with predictions that our enrollment would suffer.
We are overcoming major obstacles to become a much stronger institution, as
indicated by yet another increase in enrollment and also indicators that our
retention rate is on the rise."
Having been an open enrollment institution since its opening in 1959, SUNO
implemented the Louisiana Board of Regents Regional Minimum Standard criteria
for Fall 2010. The criteria call for students to have completed the Board of
Regents high school and TOPS core curricula and a requirement of no more than one
remedial course for immediate admission. A third part of the criteria
calls for students to have either a high school grade point average of 2.0 or
higher, an ACT composite score of 20 or higher, or to rank in the top 50
percent of his/her graduating class. First-time freshmen who were required to
meet the new higher standards averaged an ACT composite score of 19, a
significant increase from the average of 15 from the past ten years for SUNO.
The SUNO administration is highly encouraged by the upward trend of its
fall-to-fall retention rates. According to the Board of Regents, the
total retention rate for the Fall 2006 cohort tracked at 50.3 percent, the Fall
2007 cohort tracked at 53.8 percent, and finally, the Fall 2008 cohort revealed
that the University retained 57.5 percent of its students. The University
anticipates continuing its upward retention trend for the future.