Congrats to Kent State University on setting a new record by attracting the biggest and highest-achieving freshman class at the Kent Campus in the university’s 103-year history. Kent State has reported that the total number of freshmen enrolled at the Kent Campus is 4,314. This surpasses last year’s freshman class of 4,076 by 5.8 percent. It also exceeds the record set in 2011 of 4,284.
“We are welcoming our largest and most academically motivated freshman class,”
said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton.
“The average GPA of our new freshmen is 3.3, which is terrific. More than 75 percent of our incoming freshmen have GPAs of 3.0 or higher. This is exactly what the state has asked us to do. We are enrolling more students who are academically prepared, and then we are retaining and supporting them on their journey to graduation. Kent State is doing its part to help Ohio produce more quality graduates and serve as an economic engine for the region and the state.”
Kent State also announced that total enrollment at the Kent Campus set a new record as well. For the fall of 2013, enrollment is 28,019, which is an increase of 313, or 1.1 percent, compared to last year’s record. Total enrollment for the Fall 2013 Semester across the university’s eight campuses is at 41,891 students.
At most universities the “retention rate” is a figure that can help measure how well an institution engages with students and keeps them from dropping out. With a strong focus on retention and graduation, the retention rate of Kent Campus freshmen has increased to 77.6 percent, up from 77.1 last year. This represents freshmen who continue their studies at the university for their sophomore year. Retention at the Regional Campuses experienced a significant increase to 56.1 percent, up from 52.5 percent last year.
T. David Garcia, Kent State’s associate vice president for enrollment management, says,
“Over the last few years, we have been working hard to attract the best and the brightest to our great institution,”
“In order to build the academic profile of our freshman class, we need to build our application pool. This allows us to be more selective, accepting those who are academically prepared for the rigorous academic experience here at Kent State. It will pay back in dividends with retention and graduation rates.”
Kent State seems to be a very cultured and progressive campus that is working towards the success of all it’s students, staff and educators.