UAPB Freshman Enrollment Rises 11%

6.1 Percent Growth in Overall Enrollment

 The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) showed a substantial increase in freshmen enrollment and total student enrollment, according to 11th day figures released Thursday by the university.
First-time freshmen enrollment has increased by 11.3 percent, with 761 students enrolled. Overall student enrollment, including graduate students, increased by 6.1 percent, with a student population at 2,821. Last year, UAPB enrolled 684 new freshmen and 2,658 students overall, continuing the enrollment increase that began in 2014.
“UAPB is excited to welcome the class of 2020 onto our campus. Our faculty and staff are eager to help these students achieve limitless possibilities,” Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander said. “Through our successful pre-freshman summer enrichment program, Student Success Center and faculty who teach with a personal touch, UAPB is delivering on its promise to be student-focused, success-driven and mission- based.”
“The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success believes strongly that UAPB’s continued growth demonstrates a recognition that becoming “A Part of the Pride” is a serious choice to those seeking degree and career opportunities,” said Dr. Linda Okiror, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Success.
This fall, UAPB welcomed students from every corner of the state, 23 states around the nation and ten  countries, including: Puerto Rico; Barbados; Canada; Ghana; Guatemala; Guyana; Jamaica; Mexico; Nepal; and Nigeria.  International student enrollment also increased over 2015, from 20 to 23 as well as country of origin—from nine countries to ten. 
In addition to increased student enrollment, academic and campus improvements abound, including:
·       Walmart partnership for Million Women Mentors in STEM fields
·       Expansion of study abroad programs
·       Groundbreaking of a residence hall annex (Friday, Sept. 16)
·       Addition of Chick-fil-A and We Proudly Serve Starbucks

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