VOL. 129 | NO. 156 | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Freshman Class Up 12 Percent at University of Memphis
By Bill Dries
When the academic year at the University of Memphis begins Aug. 25, the number of first-time freshmen at the school will increase over the previous year for the first time in three years.
University president David Rudd said the 2,250 first-time freshmen this year is up 231 students, or 11.6 percent, from the previous year.
Among the first-time freshmen is a 46 percent increase in freshmen coming to the university from out of state.
Rudd also told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Aug. 12, that as the university increases its enrollment it is also becoming more selective with 53 percent of applications approved for admission in the coming academic year compared to 74 percent in the previous academic year.
As the fall semester nears, Rudd told the group of 100 at the University Club that he will announce details of the 102-year-old institution’s first ever needs-based scholarship program and a move to keep tuition rates flat for students who continue on the school’s trajectory for graduation and attaining degrees.