ASU sets new record for enrollment

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The fall semester is only a few weeks old, but Arizona State University is already setting records.

ASU announced on Thursday that they’ve set a new record for enrollment with 73,373 undergraduate and graduate students attending classes. ASU’s total enrollment last fall was 72,254.

Approximately 59,000 of the students studying at ASU this fall are undergrads. In the fall of 2011, the Sun Devils led the nation with an undergraduate enrollment of 59,794.

But while ASU’s enrollment continues to grow, the university points out that they’re not taking quantity over quality.

The 2012 full-time freshman class’ mean high school grade point average is at an all-time high at 3.47. They’re also setting a record with a mean ACT composite of 24.5 and SAT composite (for math and critical reading) of 1129.

“The academic strength of our freshman class is stronger than ever, exemplifying a talented and motivated group of students ready to take on the rigor of their academic programs and discover new and exciting things about themselves, their communities and the world,” said ASU President Michael Crow.

Arizona State’s student body also continues to become more diverse. Thirty-nine percent of the freshman class comes from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, which is up 24 percent from eight years ago.

International student enrollment has reached record levels as well, with more than 5,160 students choosing to attend ASU.

“We welcome our freshman class, new and returning students and take pride that they have chosen our fine university as the place in which to further their education and build a foundation for their future,” added Crow.