Saturday, November 04, 2006

Freshman enrollment up 25 percent at UC Davis -

Freshman enrollment up 25 percent at UC Davis - " - The online division of The Sacramento Bee

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Freshman enrollment up 25 percent at UC Davis
Published 12:00 am PST Friday, November 3, 2006

The University of California, Davis, enrolled 5,511 freshmen this fall, a 25.8 percent increase from last year, according to a final count announced Thursday.

Total enrollment of 30,475 students also set a campus record.

Transfers numbered 1,827, a 6.1 percent increase.

UC Davis officials have been trying to reverse slumping enrollment figures in recent years. They attribute more admitted freshmen deciding to attend the school this year to ramped-up recruitment efforts. The 26.9 percent yield, however, is tied for fourth worst in the past 10 years at UC Davis, according to UC systemwide data.

The key may have been the university admitting 4,000 more students than it did last year. Consequently, the average SAT scores (598 in math, 555 in reading) were both down about 10 points, and the average GPA of 3.70 was down from 3.73 last fall.

To make room for the new students, 1,200 of the 4,800 freshmen living in dorms tripled up, and the university hired more instructors and added more classroom space.

'The next challenge is ensuring the large freshman class can be accommodated a"

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