New Roo Weekend Kickoff on Coleman Commons

Progress to Vision 2020 Goals

The start of the fall 2015 semester is showing several positive enrollment trends and establishing new records at The University of Akron:

  • A 5.3% increase in new enrolled freshmen compared to last fall, totaling 4,350 students
  • A climb in new freshman average grade point average (GPA) to 3.4, the highest in school history
  • A 10% increase (636 students) in freshman Honors College enrollment, the largest enrollment in UA history; total Honors College enrollment is up 5.7% over last year
  • A 1.9% increase in Graduate School entering enrollment
  • A 26.7% increase in School of Law entering enrollment

Total first-day enrollment this fall is down 3%, as we contend with the effects of a two-year, 17% freshmen-enrollment decline in 2012 and 2013. That decline, which plateaued last year, created a traveling “dent” in our enrollment pipeline that will advance with those cohorts each year as they move toward graduation. But even that “dent” has a positive angle — it occurred primarily because of heightened admission standards that contributed to current increases in average GPAs for entering freshmen and steady average ACT scores.

Fact Sheet: First-day-of-classes enrollment
News Story: First-day statistics show good enrollment news, new records