University of Evansville Sees Increases in Enrollment and Retention for 2016-17 Academic Year

Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The University of Evansville has seen increases in incoming freshmen, retention rates, and full-time head count and doctor of physical therapy students for the 2016-17 academic year.

“UE is growing and students are staying,” said Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment services at the University of Evansville. “Not only are we adding new programs and initiatives to attract new students, those already here say they’ve found their home at UE.”

The number of full-time entering freshmen has increased by four percent from 515 last year to 537 this year; the full-time head count and number of doctor of physical therapy students has increased by two percent from 2097 to 2140; and fall-to-fall freshmen student retention has increased eight percent for a total of 89 percent retention of the fall 2015 cohort.

“Our core purpose is to provide students with life-transforming educational experiences that prepare them to engage the world as informed, ethical, and productive citizens. We’re committed to supporting students so they can afford a quality education that will lead to a quality life,” said Tom Kazee, UE president.  “To back this commitment, we created the UE Guarantee. This semester, we welcomed the first freshmen eligible for it.”

The UE Guarantee makes five assurances. It promises that students will graduate in four years or the fifth year is free; 100 percent of full-time incoming freshmen will receive a scholarship; every student will have access to at least one internship and the opportunity for more; every student will have the opportunity to study abroad; and every student will be mentored by faculty fully committed to their success.   

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