CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–October 31, 2014. Roosevelt University has its largest freshman class and a record number of full-time students this fall.
The freshman class totals 600 students, up nearly 40 percent over last year. Roosevelt’s previous record for new full-time freshmen was 574, also set in the fall of 2009. Academic quality has also increased, with the average ACT score for entering freshman up from last year.
This fall, the University has 4,073 full-time students, which represents nearly 67 percent of the University’s overall student body. Full-time students are up by more than 6 percent, compared to last fall. Roosevelt’s previous known full-time headcount record was 4,054 students, set in the fall of 2009.
“These enrollment increases are the result of strategic planning and the hard work of many people at the University,” said Douglas Knerr, executive vice president and provost at Roosevelt University.
The average age of today’s Roosevelt student is 24.5, compared to 31 years of age in 1992. Also this year, Roosevelt’s undergraduate program in the biological, chemical and physical sciences, with 425 majors, now is the most popular field of study at the University.
Also of note, the number of students now living on Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus has more than doubled over the last decade and is five times larger than 15 years ago. In all, approximately 1,000 Roosevelt students now live on campus, residing this fall in two housing facilities, Roosevelt’s Wabash Building and University Center Chicago, a student residence hall on State Street.
Among contributors to the growth of Roosevelt’s freshman class and full-time student body are the revival of men’s sports and the introduction of women’s intramural sports, the construction and opening of Roosevelt’s new 32-story Wabash Building, and the addition of Roosevelt’s Goodman Center field house.
Innovative new dual-degree agreements and partnerships with area community colleges also have contributed to an increase in the University’s enrollment of transfer students, even while enrollments at area community colleges have been declining.
A new Student Success unit has helped increase student retention, which is up 7 percent over last year for full-time freshmen. Introduced last academic year, the new Student Success model is engaging students from the moment they walk in the door in a new way of thinking about the college experience and the steps that must be taken in order to achieve not only a diploma but also a career.