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Research Notes

Volume 11, Number 3

December, 1996

FALL 1996 ON-CAMPUS ENROLLMENT SUMMARY

On-campus headcount enrollment increased to 12,963 in Fall 1996, up 1,036 students (8.7%) from 11,927 in Fall 1995. This was the largest on-campus enrollment ever. Enrollment in Fall 1996 included 11,737 full-time and 1,226 part-time students, of which 11,643 were undergraduates, 759 were graduate students, and 561 were special students enrolled in regular credit courses. There was an increase of 1,066 full-time and a decrease of 30 part-time students from Fall 1995. Full-time undergraduate enrollment increased by 1,126 (11.2%). There was a record number of 3,258 entering class students, up from 2,539 in Fall 1995. Transfers increased from 533 in Fall 1995 to 536 in Fall 1996. The number of enrolled students returning increased, with 7,344 full-time undergraduates returning in Fall 1996, up from 6,922 returning in Fall 1995 and 6,816 in Fall 1994. A large proportion of the increase in enrollment consisted of full-time entering class students.

Applications for admission as entering class students increased 8.2% to 13,322 in Fall 1996 from 12,314 in Fall 1995. Overall, the University accepted 8,434 (63.3%) of its applicants for the entering class, up from 6,989 (56.8%) in Fall 1995. This was the highest acceptance rate since Fall 1972. The yield rate (the percentage of those offered admission who accepted the offer and enrolled) increased from 36.3% in Fall 1995 to 38.6% in Fall 1996. The percentage of Virginia applicants accepted increased from 60.2% in Fall 1995 to 62.3% in Fall 1996. The yield rate for Virginia applicants increased from 40.4% in Fall 1995 to 44.4% in Fall 1996. The percentage of out-of-state applicants accepted increased from 52.5% in Fall 1995 to 64.6% in Fall 1996, while the out-of-state yield increased from 30.6% in Fall 1995 to 31.8% in Fall 1996. The percentage of non-white entering class students in Fall 1996 was 11.3%, down from 14.0% in 1995. The number of African-American entering class students in Fall 1996 was 133, down 27 students from Fall 1995. The Fall 1996 African-American entering class enrollment continues a declining trend from the 1989 peak of 247 students. In-state African-American entering class students decreased from 119 to 104. The greatest percentage increases in non-white entering class students since 1987 (ten years) have been Non-Resident Aliens and Asian-Americans. Non-Resident Alien students have increased by 400% to 35 since Fall 1987, when Non-Resident Alien entering class students numbered only 7. Asian-American students have increased from 30 in Fall 1987 to 137 in Fall 1996. Entering African-American students are down 30% from the 1987 level of 189.

Mean SAT scores, using the current recentered values, for entering class students in Fall 1996 were 585 verbal, 587 math, and 1,172 composite. The 1996 composite is slightly lower than the recentered composite of 1,179 for Fall 1995. The 1996 national average SAT composite score was 1,013, while the average for Virginia was 1,003.

The percentage of males in the undergraduate student body (45.1%) decreased slightly from Fall 1995 (45.7%). The percentage of entering class students from out-of-state increased from 34.9% in Fall 1995 to 37.8% in Fall 1996. In-state entering class students increased by 374 while out-of-state entering class students increased by 345. Out-of-state students accounted for 30.1% of JMU's total on-campus enrollment in Fall 1996, compared with 28.0% in Fall 1995.

Graduate enrollment decreased from 859 in Fall 1995 to 759 in Fall 1996. Full-time graduate enrollment decreased from 462 in Fall 1995 to 416 in Fall 1996. Graduate students account for 5.9% of on-campus enrollment, down from 7.2% in Fall 1995.

Ten-year summary tables appear on the reverse side of this page. More detailed enrollment tables will be published in the 1996-97 James Madison University Statistical Summary. Copies of the Statistical Summary are placed on reserve in Carrier Library. Also, the Statistical Summary will be available through the Internet on the Campus Wide Information System.

 

TABLE 1
Total Fall On-Campus Headcount Enrollment
1987-1996

Fall

Undergraduate

Graduate

Special

Total

1987

9,060

605

461

10,126

1988

9,434

600

491

10,525

1989

9,557

628

524

10,709

1990

9,680

713

618

11,011

1991

9,946

766

552

11,264

1992

9,787

815

601

11,203

1993

9,927

811

616

11,354

1994

10,152

795

592

11,539

1995

10,503

859

565

11,927

1996

11,643

759

561

12,963

 

TABLE 2
Entering Class Acceptances and SAT Scores
1987-1996

Fall

Applied

Accepted

Enrolled

Percent
Accepted

Mean SAT
Composite
(Recentered)

1987

11,582

4,128

1,957

35.6

1,173

1988

13,550

4,202

2,034

31.0

1,182

1989

12,061

4,332

1,923

35.9

1,183

1990

11,198

4,845

1,912

43.3

1,179

1991

11,726

5,225

2,123

44.6

1,187

1992

11,832

5,201

2,042

44.0

1,187

1993

11,223

5,285

2,082

47.1

1,192

1994

11,712

6,167

2,289

52.7

1,192

1995

12,314

6,989

2,539

56.8

1,179

1996

13,322

8,434

3,258

63.3

1,172

  

TABLE 3
Entering Class Enrollment by Ethnic Origin
1987 - 1996

Fall

African
American

American
Indian

Hispanic

Asian
American

White

Non-Resident
Alien

Total

1987

189

3

16

30

1,712

7

1,957

1988

246

2

50

47

1,685

4

2,034

1989

247

0

19

54

1,597

6

1,923

1990

223

4

18

57

1,598

12

1,912

1991

211

3

22

66

1,807

14

2,123

1992

187

2

26

80

1,734

13

2,042

1993

167

5

29

70

1,790

21

2,082

1994

167

4

34

95

1,963

26

2,289

1995

160

7

41

111

2,183

37

2,539

1996

133

11

52

137

2,890

35

3,258

 

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