CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati announced Monday that there will be a record number of students enrolled when classes begin on Sept. 22.
The university is projecting a total enrollment of 41,250 students – up four percent from last autumn. That's the highest enrollment number in the school's 191-year history.
The freshman class, at a projected 6,000 students, equals the biggest in UC's history (reported last autumn). UC's Uptown Campus freshmen have an average ACT score of 25 and a GPA of 3.44. UC is also reporting a record 45 freshman National Merit Scholars, says Mitchel D. Livingston, Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer.
The number of students on UC's regional campuses are breaking records as well, with Raymond Walters College reporting more than 5,000 students for the first time in history, and Clermont College reporting over 4,000 students for the first time ever.
School officials say UC's first-year student retention is holding at 85 percent, the same as 2009, and graduation rates increased slightly in 2010 to 56 percent.
UC's projected number of transfer students is up three percent from last autumn, and its number of distance learners has exceeded 3,600 for the first time ever. UC also gained in both its graduate and undergraduate international students.
"At the end of the day, the news about which we are most proud are the measures of student success – and UC has made huge progress in improving retention and graduation rates in recent years," said Caroline Miller, senior associate vice president for Enrollment Management.