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University of Minnesota releases enrollment numbers for current school year

Twin Cities campus's sophomore class sees record retention rate

Contacts: Daniel Wolter, University News Service, (612) 624-5551

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/08/2009) —The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus earned a record retention rate in 2008, with 90.6 percent of last year's freshman class returning, the university's Board of Regents Educational Policy and Planning Committee learned today. The rate is part of a trend of improvement, up from 86.2 percent three years ago.

The Board also heard that the undergraduate campuses saw improvements in the academic profile of the 2009 freshman class. Total enrollment at the Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Twin Cities campuses increased by 1.6 percent, from 66,312 in Fall 2008 to 67,364 in Fall 2009. Included in the 2009 count is the first class of the new Rochester campus.

"We are extremely proud to see yet another outstanding group of students to all of our campuses," said Provost Thomas Sullivan. "As always has been our commitment, we are dedicated to ensuring those students receive an excellent education, continue to challenge themselves inside and outside the classroom and graduate in a timely manner. I am pleased with the continuing progress we have made over the past several years."

TWIN CITIES: Applications for the incoming Twin Cities freshman class increased by 4,745 over Fall 2008 to 33,910. For the class, the average ACT composite score continued a seven-year trend of improvement, reaching a new high of 26.6, which is up from 26.2 last year. Overall enrollment grew by 1 percent, from 50,140 in 2008 to 51,659 in 2009. 112 National Merit Scholars enrolled this fall compared to 79 in Fall 2008. And, the percentage of freshman students of color was 19.1 percent.

DULUTH: The Duluth campus saw a total enrollment increase of 2.6 percent, from 11,366 in 2008 to 11,664 in 2009. Undergraduate enrollment increased 1.1 percent. The average ACT composite store for freshman remained the same at 23.6.

CROOKSTON: Crookston campus total enrollment saw an increase of 3.6 percent, from 2,199 last year to 2,279 this year. Undergraduate degree-seeking enrollment is up 8.5 percent over last year. For the freshman class, average ACT composite scores increased from 21.5 last year to 21.8 this year. Students of color increased to 13.3 percent, up from 7.6 percent in 2008.

MORRIS: At the Morris campus, total enrollment increased to 1,705, up 6.1 percent from 1,607 last year. Undergraduate degree-seeking enrollment grew by 5.9 percent. The percentage graduating in the top ten percent of their freshman class grew from 27.8 percent in 2008 to 29.6 percent in 2009. The average ACT composite score held steady at 25. And, the percentage of students of color increased by 1 percent.

ROCHESTER: An inaugural class of 57 freshmen was welcomed at the Rochester campus. Of the 50 incoming recent high school graduates, 18.5 percent and 70.4 percent graduated in the top 10 and 25 percents of their classes respectively. The average ACT composite score was 23.8.

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