Growing enrollment at a private liberal arts university during tough economic times is a challenge. But Averett has met the challenge for the third consecutive year, adding 360 new students this fall. This growth puts total enrollment for the traditional program at nearly 1,000 students – the largest total enrollment the University has had since 2000.
"We are very excited about this continued trend in growth," said Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment management. "These continued increases have been a team effort, with everyone at the University working together to tell Averett's story and share with potential students and their families about the value of an Averett education."
In addition to growing enrollment, the University has been seeking to increase the academic profile of its incoming students. For the third consecutive year, the academic profile of the new class has risen – the incoming freshmen have a cumulative GPA that averages 3.2.
Since 2008, Averett's traditional undergraduate enrollment has increased by 14 percent, and new student enrollment has increased by 18 percent. It's this consistent and steady increase that earned Averett the 2012 Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Award from Noel-Levitz, a leading higher education consulting firm specializing in student retention, recruitment, financial aid, market research and communications development. The University was one of only four schools nationally to be recognized with this award.
The University's goal is to reach 1,100 students in its traditional program by 2014 and with such steady increases, that goal is well in the University's sights.
Facts about the Freshmen Class:
• 57 percent of the new students are from the Commonwealth
• 38 percent of the new students come to Averett from 12 other states including Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont; in total, 24 states and the District of Columbia are represented
• 5 percent of new students are international and come to the University from 10 countries including England, Greece, Haiti, Korea, Senegal and Spain; in total, 21 countries are represented
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