UAPB Freshman Enrollment Rises 38%

6.1 Percent Growth in Undergrad Enrollment

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) showed a dramatic increase in freshmen enrollment and total student enrollment, according to figures released by the university.

First-time freshmen enrollment has increased by 38%, with 685 students enrolled. Overall student enrollment, including graduate students, increased by 6.1 percent, with a student population at 2,666. Last year, UAPB enrolled 496 new freshmen and 2,513 students overall.

UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander attributed the rise in enrollment to several factors, including enhanced scholarship offerings, a return of the Pre-Licensure (Generic) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, new STEM program offerings, as well as targeted marketing and recruitment efforts.

“We are excited about the increased number of students who are choosing UAPB to help prepare them for careers of the future. These data represent leaders, doctors, teachers and scientists of tomorrow, and our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring their success,” said Dr. Alexander.

Other academic enhancements:

  • The first endowed professorship—Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Endowed Nursing Professorship in Rural Health
  • New scholarship programs to assist new and continuing students.
  • Expansion of the Summer Learning Institute and Opportunities for New Students (LIONS) Program from 170 participants in 2014 to 280 participants in 2015.

And this week, UAPB rose six places to number 29 in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ranking in U.S. News & World Report.

For media inquiries, please contact Dr. Linda L. Okiror, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Success, at 870.575.8364 or Stephanie Jackson at 501.492.4900 or stephanie@designgroupmarketing.com.

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