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Research Notes

Volume 13, Number 2

February, 1999

FALL 1998 ON-CAMPUS ENROLLMENT SUMMARY

On-campus headcount enrollment increased to 14,414 in Fall 1998, up 700 students (5.1%) from 13,714 in Fall 1997. This was the largest on-campus enrollment ever. Enrollment in Fall 1998 included 13,280 full-time and 1,134 part-time students, of which 13,225 were undergraduates, 723 were graduate students, and 466 were special students enrolled in regular credit courses. There was an increase of 673 full-time and an increase of 27 part-time students from Fall 1997. Full-time undergraduate enrollment increased by 627 (5.2%). There were 2,973 entering class students, down from 3,062 in Fall 1997. Undergraduate transfers increased from 547 in Fall 1997 to 587 in Fall 1998. The number of enrolled students returning increased, with 9,250 full-time undergraduates returning in Fall 1998, up from 8,567 returning in Fall 1997 and 7,344 in Fall 1996.

Applications for admission as entering class students decreased 6.1% to 13,157 in Fall 1998 from 14,005 in Fall 1997. Overall, the University accepted 7,818 (59.4%) of its applicants for the entering class, up from 7,688 (54.9%) in Fall 1997. The yield rate (the percentage of those offered admission who accepted the offer and enrolled) decreased slightly from 39.8% in Fall 1997 to 38.0% in Fall 1998. The percentage of Virginia applicants accepted increased slightly from 61.7% in Fall 1997 to 62.0% in Fall 1998. The yield rate for Virginia applicants decreased from 45.3% in Fall 1997 to 43.6% in Fall 1998. The percentage of out-of-state applicants accepted increased from 46.9% in Fall 1997 to 56.0% in Fall 1998, while the out-of-state yield decreased from 31.4% in Fall 1997 to 30.0% in Fall 1998. The percentage of non-white entering class students in Fall 1998 was 11.7%, down from 13.9% in 1997. The number of African-American entering class students in Fall 1998 was 152, down 25 students from Fall 1997. In-state African-American entering class students decreased from 159 to 135. American-Indians were the only minority ethnic group that did increase.

Mean SAT scores, using the current re-centered values, for entering class students in Fall 1998 were 585 verbal, 590 math, and 1,175 composite. The 1998 composite is one point higher than the composite of 1,174 for Fall 1997. The 1997 national average SAT composite score was 1,017, while the average for Virginia was 1,006.

The percentage of males in the undergraduate student body (43.5%) decreased from Fall 1997 (44.5%). The percentage of entering class students from out-of-state increased from 31.1% in Fall 1997 to 32.2% in Fall 1998. In-state entering class students decreased by 96 while out-of-state entering class students increased by seven. Out-of-state students accounted for 30.2% of JMU's total on-campus enrollment in Fall 1998, compared with 30.7% in Fall 1997.

Graduate enrollment decreased from 743 in Fall 1997 to 723 in Fall 1998. Full-time graduate enrollment increased from 396 in Fall 1997 to 409 in Fall 1998. Graduate students account for 5.0% of on-campus enrollment, down from 5.4% in Fall 1997.

Ten-year summary tables appear on the reverse side of this page. More detailed enrollment tables will be published in the 1998-99 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
1989-1998

Fall

Undergraduate

Graduate

Special

Total

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

1997

12.551

743

420

13,714

1998

13,225

723

466

14,414

 

TABLE 2
Entering Class Acceptances and SAT Scores
1989-1998

Fall

Applied

Accepted

Enrolled

Percent
Accepted

Mean SAT
Composite
(Re-centered)

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

1997

14,005

7,688

3,062

54.9

1,174

1998

13,157

7,818

2,973

59.4

1,175

 

TABLE 3
Entering Class Enrollment by Ethnic Origin
1989-1998

Fall African-
American

American-
Indian

Hispanic

Asian-
American

White

Non-
Resident
Alien

Total

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

1997

177

3

63

145

2,636

38

3,062

1998

152

7

34

115

2,624

41

2,973

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