LSU releases enrollment totals, set new highs in a number of areas

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online
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BATON ROUGE, La (LSU News Release) - LSU's enrollment totals are finalized, and this fall, LSU's flagship campus has set new highs in a number of areas.

Overall, LSU's total enrollment is 31,414, which is the eighth largest
overall enrollment in university history. The total number of new freshmen is 5,475, which is the seventh largest entering class at LSU.

The fall 2016 freshman class represents the most academically talented class to enter LSU. With a composite ACT of 25.7 and average grade point average of a 3.4, the freshman class sets new academic highs for the university. With entrance requirements of a 3.0 grade point average and a 22 composite ACT score, the incoming freshman class far exceeds LSU's basic admission requirements.

LSU's African American and Hispanic overall enrollment this fall is at an all-time high. There are 3,741 African American students enrolled,
surpassing the previous high set last year at 3,703. There are 1,820
Hispanic students enrolled, surpassing the previous high set last year at 1,767. Among undergraduates, Asian - 1,099 students; African American - 3,190; and Hispanic - 1,582 students - are also new enrollment records for LSU. Among graduate students, African American - 551 students - and Hispanic - 238 students - are also highs.

"We are proud to welcome one of our most diverse student bodies ever to LSU," said LSU President F. King Alexander. "And we're happy to say that our progress doesn't end with the first semester. For three consecutive years now, we've been able to celebrate new records for the number of African American and Hispanic graduates, and we expect to maintain that trajectory moving forward."

Enhancing diversity at LSU is a core institutional value. This month, LSU received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine - the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education - making it the fifth year in a row that the university has been named as a HEED Award recipient. The HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

"When you consider LSU has the highest public graduation rate in the state, our students graduate with significantly less debt than the national average and the starting salaries and mid-career earnings of our graduates are above many of our peers, LSU gives students an exceptional education that provides an outstanding return on their investment," Alexander said.

LSU's enrollment numbers became final on the 14th day of class, which was Sept. 9. Enrollment reports are available on LSU's Office of Budget and Planning's website [link in the related links section of this story].