2013-14 Academic Year Opens with Freshman Enrollment Increase

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013

For the 2013-14 academic year, the University of Evansville has welcomed a diverse freshman class with the highest number of international students in more than a decade. In addition, more than 85 percent of last year’s freshmen have returned to UE for their sophomore year, marking the highest retention rate in 15 years.

UE’s entering class of 2013 is 543 members strong, a five percent increase from last year, and represents 28 states and 20 countries. The class includes 47 international students, the highest number since 2000 – including eight students from Syria, which has suffered a breakdown of higher education during the country’s civil war. UE belongs to a consortium of more than 35 higher education institutions, led by the Institute of International Education, that have designated scholarship support for Syrian students.

“In the midst of the national dialogue about college affordability and accountability, we’re thrilled to see an enrollment increase in our freshman class as students and their families recognize the benefits of a UE education,” said Shane Davidson, UE vice president for enrollment services.

The freshman class is bolstered by strong retention rates for UE’s sophomore class: More than 85 percent of last year’s incoming students have returned to UE for their second year, the highest retention rate since 1998.  

“At the University of Evansville, we provide students with a personal, meaningful education that makes an impact on their future,” Davidson added. “For example, a survey of our 2012 graduates showed that within six months, 92 percent were employed or in graduate school, and their median salary was above the national average. We look forward to watching our current students achieve this kind of academic and career success.”

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