10/03/2012 08:40 AM
BATON ROUGE – Following last week’s announcement that in fall 2012 the university
brought in its largest freshman class since admission standards were implemented in
1988, further analysis of LSU’s overall enrollment shows that the university’s African
American enrollment is at an all-time high as well, according to LSU Office of Budget
& Planning records.
African American student enrollment this fall is at 3,054, which passes the previous
high of 3,035 students set in 2002. Last year, LSU enrolled 2,835 African American
“Not only is this the largest number ever, but the proportion of students who are
African American is also at an all-time high,” said LSU Interim System President and
Interim Chancellor William Jenkins. “LSU is accomplishing the greater goal of reaching
more of our state’s citizens.”
LSU Office of Budget & Planning’s reports also show that Hispanic student enrollment
is at a high of 1,305 students in 2012, compared to the previous high of 1,149 students
enrolled in 2011.
“We have worked extremely hard to recruit, admit and enroll a very diverse and academically
talented freshman class. In particular, we have enrolled the largest overall population
of African American and Hispanic students in the university’s history,” said Katrice
Albert, vice provost in the LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach.
“LSU’s strategic commitment to access, academic quality, student success, and diversity
is a permanent strength and is very attractive to incoming students and their families.”
Part of LSU’s Flagship 2020 strategic goals is to strengthen the intellectual environment
by broadening the cultural diversity of the LSU community by increasing diversity
among faculty, staff and students; increasing the number of students who work with
or live in diverse communities; and expanding supportive communities for minority,
international and first generation students.
“I am thrilled that ethnic minority students are now choosing LSU because of who we
are as a university community,” Albert said. “While I am very pleased with the quality
and diversity of the Class of 2016, there is still work to be done. We must redouble
our retention efforts and continue to communicate the unique benefits associated with
attending the only flagship research university in the state.”
This year’s freshman class enrollment of 5,725 students passes the previous high of
5,700 students in 2004. Last year, LSU welcomed its fifth largest freshman class of
LSU’s overall enrollment stands at 29,549, which is a 2 percent increase from 2011,
when enrollment figures recorded 28,985 students.
“As Louisiana’s Flagship University, it is important for us to be able to educate
our citizens in these increasing numbers,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost
Stuart Bell. “The many years of hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and
students in building our programs and our reputation were instrumental in us being
able to welcome these high-quality students. We will all work hard to provide them
with the quality education they deserve.”
LSU’s enrollment numbers became final on the 14th day of class, which was Sept. 12. The fall 2012 enrollment reports are available on LSU’s Office of Budget and Planning’s website at http://www.bgtplan.lsu.edu.
Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012