CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati is again preparing for an all-time record enrollment in its 192-year history as students begin classes on Sept. 21.
September figures suggest that UC could see a total enrollment of more than 42,750 students, up 3.4 percent from last year's record-breaking enrollment.
The freshman class, projected to number as high as 6,200, is up nearly 4 percent from last fall. The number of baccalaureate degree-seeking freshmen expected on UC's Uptown campus – a projected 4,241 – is up nearly 9 percent from last fall.
"The academic strength of freshmen seeking baccalaureate degrees continues to meet the strong academic standards that UC has established to build on student success, retention and graduation rates," says Santa Ono, UC senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
UC is welcoming 45 incoming freshman National Merit finalists, tying the record number entering as freshmen last fall.
UC will have a record overall number of 157 National Merit finalists enrolled this fall as the university continues to strive toward a target goal of enrolling 200 National Merit finalists as part of the UC2019 Strategic Plan.
UC is also reporting increased numbers and percentages of students of color in the baccalaureate freshman class – 13.5 percent, compared with 12.7 percent last fall.
"This is an important building block in UC's soon to be released Diversity Plan," said Mitchel D. Livingston, vice president for student affairs and chief diversity officer.