Freshman Class Largest, Most Diverse in UA History
The 2011 undergraduate class boasts about 7,300 students who are diverse and have high academic accomplishments.

By Jennifer Fitzenberger, University Communications
Aug. 24, 2011


This year's University of Arizona freshman class is the largest, most prepared and most diverse in University history.

About 7,300 students make up the 2011 freshman class, up about 300 students from last year.

Nearly 27,000 people applied for freshman admission, up 9 percent since 2009.

"Students from all over the world enrolled this year in record numbers. Through a tremendous team effort, the Office of Admissions partnered with offices in student affairs, academic affairs and alumni to recruit an excellent class of new Wildcats," said Kasey Urquidez, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of admissions.

"The increasing numbers clearly show how many students want to attend UA for the outstanding academic and social opportunities we have to offer." 

The UA continues to see a rise in the number of students enrolling from Arizona. This year, about 200 more resident freshmen will be attending the UA than last year, an increase of more than 6 percent since 2009.

Since 2009, the UA entering class has seen an 11 percent increase in freshmen enrollment from rural Arizona, a 9 percent increase from Maricopa County and a 4 percent increase from Pima County.

Non-residents and international students continue to be a strong portion of the class, representing 38 percent.

The UA's freshman class continues to be diverse.

About 39 percent is of a diverse ethnic background, up 4.5 percent since 2009. About 1,800 students are Hispanic (up 4 percent since 2009), more than 625 students are Asian American (up about 75 students from last year), more than 350 students are African American (up about 50 students from last year) and about 200 are Native Americans.

Members of the UA freshman class continue to perform well academically. The average GPA is 3.4, the average SAT score is about 1100 and the average ACT score is 23.8.

Freshmen students in the Honors College this year break records for enrollment quality and diversity. Just more than 1,200 freshmen are in the Honors College this year. About 40 percent of them are from a diverse ethnic background; 27 percent are non-residents, and 73 percent are residents.

A record-setting 270 students are National Scholars.

Transfer student enrollment is about 2,000 students, up slightly over last year.

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