Volume 4  Issue # 3
Monday, September 24, 2001
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The President's Post
    Each year we continue to get better at Ozarks, and that is a credit to all of us. This year’s freshman class and the growing enrollment are perfect examples of our improving status. Last fall our enrollment was 622 and this fall it is 654, an increase of 5.1%. Even more impressive is the fact that the 1998 enrollment was 530, and our current enrollment represents an increase of over 23% since then. I do not know of another four-year campus in Arkansas or the region that can boast of more significant increases. And for the first time in the history of Ozarks, over 400 students are living on campus in our residence halls.
    We have an amazing Admissions staff at Ozarks, and we can all be grateful for their dedication and commitment. Their work is challenging and ongoing, and they bring us quality students. However, recruitment is only half of the total enrollment picture; retention is the other half. Our retention rate has improved drastically at Ozarks. In the mid-1990s, the fall to fall retention rate was about 57%, while our current fall 2000 to fall 2001 rate is 76%. That dramatic increase is because of all of you, and I appreciate your sincere emphasis on keeping students and their success as our primary focus.
    The following chart provides a profile of this fall’s entering class and a comparison to last fall.

 
FALL 2000
FALL 2001
TOTAL ENROLLMENT
622
654
TOTAL NEW STUDENTS
246
250
FIRST-TIME
173
194
PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS
18
19
DISTINGUISHED
   GOVERNOR’S SCHOLAR
0
1
HURIE SCHOLARSHIP
0
1
FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN
   AVERAGE ACT
22.4
23
FIRST-TIME FRESHMAN
   HIGH SCHOOL GPA
3.41
3.47
VALEDICTORIANS/
   SALUTATORIANS
6
9
CONDITIONAL ADMITS
14
9
     
Dr. Rick Niece
President
   


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