UC expecting larger, more diverse freshman class

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati's Office of Enrollment Management reports that it is meeting enrollment targets of recruiting academically talented freshmen to the Uptown Campus.

A look at early confirmations of UC freshmen is also indicating growth in the diversity of the freshman class, reflecting the commitment of the UC2019 Strategic Plan to create and maintain a campus community that is diverse and inclusive.



The news was reported at the May 24 UC Board of Trustees meeting by Caroline Miller, senior associate vice president for Enrollment Management.

Based on confirmations this month, UC is anticipating a freshman class for the main campus that's 10 percent larger than last year, but is in line with strong GPA, ACT and SAT scores that build on success toward a college degree.

Confirmations of first-year African American students are up more than 7 percent for the Uptown campus compared with last spring. Confirmations of first-year Asian-American students are up 33 percent, and students reporting multi-racial ethnicity are up more than 26 percent for the Uptown Campus.

UC is also reporting progress in growing its numbers of undergraduate international students. Confirmations of first-year international students are up 33 percent from last fall for the main campus and that number (84) is expected to grow over the summer months.

Early projections from UC Admissions indicate 4,300 freshmen could be converging on the Uptown Campus this fall. The news follows record numbers of campus tours.

Miller says UC's growth in freshmen is not only coming from Greater Cincinnati (with growth from Kentucky and Indiana students taking advantage of reciprocity agreements that were first offered last fall), but also from the out-of-state domestic market and significant growth in international freshmen – all among UC's recruitment goals. In total, confirmations of out-of-state first-year students are at 15 percent, compared with 11 percent at this time last year.

UC's Bearcat Bound Orientation for new students begins on June 27 and runs through Aug. 11.

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