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Union enrollment reaches record high for 10th straight year

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 12, 2007 – Enrollment at Union University for the fall semester is a record-high 3,310 students, the 10th straight year for an enrollment increase at the university.

The 2007 figure tops last year’s fall enrollment of 3,156. The latest enrollment figures show a 68 percent increase over the 1,972 students enrolled in the fall of 1996, when Union University President David S. Dockery began his tenure.

The total 2007 fall enrollment includes 2,382 undergraduate students, compared to 2,277 last year, and 928 graduate students, compared to 879 last year.

“We are thrilled with both the number and the quality of new students who have chosen to attend Union University and we give thanks for each student pursuing a degree this semester on the Union campus,” Dockery said. “We recognize that the enrollment numbers are only one portion of the story at Union University, but they are a strong indicator of institutional health.”

The fall enrollment totals include a record number of incoming freshmen at 476. The freshman class is also the most geographically diverse and academically talented in Union’s history. The average ACT score for the class is nearly 26, with 79 students scoring a 30 or higher on the test. The class includes 62 Scholars of Excellence students (Union’s most elite scholarship), up from 38 last year.

The totals also include the largest number of new students in Union’s history, including freshmen, transfers, non-traditional students and graduate students, at more than 1,100.

“Students are choosing Union because of the serious commitment to rigorous academics and the dedication across the campus to university’s Christ-centered mission,” Dockery said. “We salute the wonderful work of our enrollment services team.”

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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