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September 18, 2001

ULM reports fall enrollment

Officials at the University of Louisiana at Monroe said today that enrollment for Fall 2001 is down from last year, but the decline is less than projected, and the freshman class enrollment is up nearly two percent from last year.

Official figures released today by ULM show total enrollment at 8,760, down 6.8% from the Fall 2000 enrollment.

The figures also show that the number of new freshmen rose 1.6% for a total of 1,301.

ULM officials had projected that new admission standards, combined with the opening of the new Delta Community College, could have led to as much as a 10% enrollment decline.

"Our freshman enrollment this fall is higher than projected, and the good news is that we have more freshmen beginning their college experience with us than we had last year," said Tom Rakes, ULM Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

"These numbers tell us that more first year students chose ULM and we are pleased with those decisions."

"The university will continue to work hard particularly in the areas of recruitment and retention to attract students to ULM and to ensure their academic success," said Rakes.

ULM Provost Tom Rakes will be available for interviews this afternoon.

Call Veronika Brown at 342-5444 if you would like to set up an interview.

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