UNCG Campus Weekly

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More freshmen, more diversity, higher SAT

The number of freshmen at UNCG has increased. Their average SAT score has increased. Their diversity has increased.

Seeing all three occur simultaneously at a university? “You almost never see that,” said Dr. Alan Boyette, vice provost.

He presented UNCG enrollment figures to the Board of Trustees Sept. 6.

UNCG has a total of 18,175 students this year, about half a percentage point lower than last year. Of those, 1,244 are distance learners, an increase of six percent from the previous year.

The number of freshmen has increased by nearly three percent. Their SAT average has climbed two points, to 1,034. Last year, the SAT average rose two points as well.

As for freshman class diversity, those identified as a racial minority has increased from 34 percent to almost 38 percent.

The percentage of out-of-state students in the freshman class is down, from 9.9 to 9.4 percent. Boyette notes that the relative lack of merit scholarships was a factor. “We continue to focus on out-of-state students,” he said, noting they benefit the university with additional diversity as well as financially, due to higher tuition for out-of-state students.

SAT scores of out-of-state students are 23 points higher than those of in-state students, it was noted.

The male/female ratio of freshmen has shifted, from 67 percent women to 65 percent women.

The number of transfers to UNCG from other institutions of higher learning has increased by almost 11 percent.

By Mike Harris