University of Colorado officials expect 5,500 to 5,600 new freshmen on the Boulder campus this fall, based on who has paid their enrollment deposits so far.
A total of 5,977 admitted students had paid enrollment deposits as of Aug. 3, CU officials said Sunday. That was up slightly from the 5,943 students confirmed at a similar point in 2006, when a record 5,617 new freshmen enrolled.
The campus expected between 1,200 and 1,300 new transfer students, similar to last year.
The official campus census will be taken Sept. 14.
As of Aug. 3, CU-Boulder had received 19,817 applications, up 9 percent from last year’s total, the school said.
For confirmed freshmen, the average ACT composite was 25.7, the average SAT total was 1170, and the average high school grade-point average was 3.56, all up slightly from 2006.
CU-Boulder Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson said the numbers show a university that is providing affordable education to more qualified and diverse students.
“We are increasing our institutional financial aid by more than 50 percent,” Peterson said. “This will allow students from all across the state to be able to attend one of the best universities in the nation and the finest university in the Rocky Mountain region.”
Nearly 1,200 of the confirmed freshmen have parents who are not college graduates, up from the 985 new freshmen last year who were first-generation college students, CU officials said.
Enrollment confirmation among minorities was roughly steady at about 15 percent, or 922 students. There were 102 black freshmen who had confirmed their enrollment for the fall, up from 82 at this time in 2006.
CU officials expected Colorado residents would make up 57 percent to 60 percent of the incoming class.
– Associated Press
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