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Quality of Freshman Class Highest in Nearly a Decade

October 1, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa., Oct. 1 - Kutztown University's current freshman class boasts the highest quality since 2008.  KU's 1,691 freshmen have a combined SAT score of 986 and the second-highest high school grade point average (3.19) in the past decade.

The totals include a five percent overall increase in SAT scores of 1000 or above, and a 15 percent decrease in scores below 1000.  For high-achieving students, the university saw a 35 percent increase in SAT scores above 1350, and an 18 percent increase for students with scores above 1200.  

The incoming class was the most selective since 2012, with a 9.25 percent increase in denies for freshmen.   The total enrollment for the university for the 2016 fall semester is 8,513, down 5.4 percent from last fall.  The enrollment drop is partially a product of increased degrees awarded.  Last year, 23 percent of KU undergraduates received bachelor's degrees --- a 13 percent increase over the prior year, and above the national peer comparison.   

University retention remained stable for the second year in a row at 73 percent.  Minority enrollment continued at an all-time high of approximately 20 percent, making KU one of the most diverse institutions in the State System.  

"I am thrilled that we have the highest quality freshman class in almost a decade," KU president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson said.  "The types of students we are attracting and admitting should help our retention rate improve even more.  At the same time, we will continue to step up our efforts to attract prospective students and their parents to campus to learn more about the extraordinary experience our university offers."   

Of the 8,513 students enrolled at KU, a total of 7,718 are undergraduates, while 795 are enrolled in graduate studies.  A total of 7,526 students (88 percent) are Pennsylvania residents, while 987 hail from out of state.  

Official figures are reported after the university's fall freeze date for enrollment status, which occurs in mid-September.