Webster University’s incoming 2013-2014 freshmen class is the largest it has been in 14 years, President Elizabeth Stroble announced at the Fall Convocation.
After a drop in enrollment during the 2012-2013 academic year, Webster’s freshmen enrollment has risen to its highest point since 1999. In 2007, the university had 498 incoming freshmen, this year Webster enrolled 502.
Interim Chief Enrollment Officer Robert Parrent said in a Webster Today press release the incoming class is a “standard benchmark in higher education” to predict how the rest of the school year will go.
“These numbers will likely change over the next few weeks as we get late registrants or students who decide not to attend because of family, financial or other reasons,” Parrent said in an article on Webster Today. “Regardless if the numbers go up or down, the incoming freshmen class numbers are the standard benchmark in higher education to predict how the rest of the school year will go, so Webster University has a lot to be optimistic about.”
Last year’s fall term freshmen class was counted at 405 students on Aug. 14, 2012, showing an increase in freshmen enrollment between the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years.
“Their overall ACT scores are slightly higher than last year (23.8), but their GPA average from high school is slightly lower (3.41),” according to an article on Webster.edu.
According to Webster.edu the freshmen class is more geographically diverse as well, with nearly five percent of students coming from Florida, Iowa and Tennesee in the 2013-2014 academic year.
The article said for the first time in many years the male to female ratio is nearly evenly split – males at 51.5 perce