POSTED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 11:15am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 11:19am
Baton Rouge, La — 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 record-breaking class 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 students.
“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 the 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 5,290 students.
LSU’s overall enrollment stands at 29,549, which is a 2 percent increase from 2011, when enrollment figures recorded 28,985 students.