Alcorn’s preliminary fall 2015 enrollment

Alcorn State University enrollment remains steady for fall 2015 semester at 3,594 students. University enrollment for fall 2014 was 3,639 students, a 1.2 percent decrease.

Vice President for Student Affairs Emanuel Barnes Sr. says even though the institution’s overall enrollment decreased by 45 students, its freshmen enrollment increased by 73, plus the average ACT score for the freshmen class continues to tick upward.

“About 661 freshmen enrolled at Alcorn for the 2015-2016 academic school year,” says Barnes. “That’s a 12.4 percent increase over the 2014-2015 academic school year.”

Barnes says the University has enhanced its retention and recruitment strategies and has outlined a plan to retain current students and grow enrollment.

“With the establishment of University College in the spring of 2015, Alcorn will ensure that students matriculate successfully while achieving their academic goals,” says Barnes. “We have also hired a new recruiter to increase outreach to out-of- state students, promoting Alcorn’s new flat rate tuition for all students.”

University College is a multi-faceted umbrella that connects key university programs to set students on a path to academic success. The program spans from recruiting high school students to ensuring freshmen and sophomores are meeting their academic goals. University College increases student retention and graduation rates, factors that ultimately translate to professional employment and graduate school opportunities for Alcorn graduates.

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