University of Findlay freshmen class breaks record

Staff report

Members of the entering Class of 2015 march through the Griffith Memorial Arch.

Members of the entering Class of 2015 march through the Griffith Memorial Arch.

The University of Findlay this fall is welcoming its largest freshmen class ever, and is celebrating its sixth consecutive semester of enrollment increases. Administrators credit the University’s outstanding faculty and staff, and stellar academic offerings as some of the primary reasons for the record-setting numbers.

A total of 715 first-time, full-time freshmen are enrolled this fall compared to 619 in fall 2014, which represents a 15.5 percent increase. Since fall 2012, the University has seen a 23 percent freshmen enrollment uptick.

Overall enrollment (excluding College Credit Plus students) has risen by 5.8 percent, to 4,186 students enrolled this year compared to one year ago. It has increased by 14.8 percent over the past three years.

Additionally, the University’s overall retention is up by 2 percent and there are 1,315 students living on campus compared to 1,260 last fall.

“We are delighted to welcome a record number of exceptional students to our campus,” said University President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “I am grateful for the careful attention our faculty and staff provide day in and day out. That tireless attention attracts and retains great students.”

The statistics include notable increases in graduate and international students.

“Our outstanding academic programs and our purposeful recruiting and retention strategies are clearly continuing to have an impact. Also important is the fact that The University of Findlay sincerely cares about those it serves, and our enrollment increases are continuing to reflect that,” said Rebecca Butler, vice president of enrollment management.

“Our faculty and staff make it a priority to individually and holistically collaborate with students and families so that their UF experience is personally meaningful and they graduate well-prepared for their careers and life after college. Our extended UF family members, who range from alumni to community supporters, also make this University distinctive,” Butler explained.

Other highlights from the fall 2015 8th day enrollment report include:

A 3.4 percent increase in total undergraduate enrollment (excluding College Credit Plus students) – 2,885 compared to 2,790 in fall 2014.

An 11.5 percent increase in graduate student enrollment, which stands at 1,301 this fall compared to 1,166 last year.

A 12.5 percent increase in the international student population, now at 602 compared to 535 in fall 2014.

The University of Findlay is one of the largest private colleges in Northwest Ohio. With nearly 80 programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, UF has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review.

Members of the entering Class of 2015 march through the Griffith Memorial Arch.×199.jpgMembers of the entering Class of 2015 march through the Griffith Memorial Arch.

Staff report