September 17, 2012

Fall Enrollment Increases (UPDATE)

Graduate enrollment leaps 13%; total enrollment jumps 1.3%

GRAMBLING, LA (September 17, 2012)  Grambling State University’s enrollment has increased at the undergraduate and graduate levels as the institution’s administration continues to work to enhance its efforts with recruitment, admissions and retention.

Based on preliminary, unofficial university numbers, the fall 2012 numbers are in, showing a 1.3% increase in overall enrollment, and a whopping 13% increase in graduate enrollment. Total enrollment increased from 5,207 in fall 2011 to 5,277 in fall 2012. At the graduate level, 746 graduate students were enrolled in fall 2011 and 843 are enrolled this fall.

“Obviously, given the national and state of Louisiana economy, the fact that we exceeded our enrollment last year, which showed an increase by 4.3%, an increase this year demonstrates that Grambling State University continues to be an institution of academic quality,” said Frank G. Pogue, Grambling State University president. “We continue to be an institution of choice. This success positions Grambling to remain committed to our primary mission, providing a high quality of education for our students.”

Pogue said this enrollment success will continue to motivate the institution’s administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni to “pursue academic excellence as we rejoice about this achievement.”

This fall’s enrollment increases continues Grambling State’s annual enrollment increases since Pogue arrived at the university in 2009. By fall 2010, there were 4,994 students enrolled and in fall 2011, there were 5,207 students enrolled.

"Clearly with all the budget cutting across the state, and especially in higher education, every student counts more than ever. We are pleased that we’ve increased the number of undergraduate students, and we’re thrilled that our graduate student numbers have jumped so much,” said Connie Walton, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “An increase in enrollment is huge when it occurs during a time the institution is increasing admission standards.  Grambling State University, as mandated by both governing Boards, increased admission requirements for first time freshmen and transfer students for fall 2012.  The increase in enrollment was a result of a dedicated admission staff (both at the undergraduate and graduate level) as well as a university community that realizes the important role it plays in recruitment and retention.”

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