University expects record enrollment again in 2010

If you like the excitement that comes with having about 20,000 extra residents in Fayetteville between the months of August and May, you’ll be happy to know that The University of Arkansas announced that they expect another record enrollment in 2010.

About 20,700 students are expected to enroll at the university this year, according to an Arkansas Newswire release yesterday. That’s up from last year’s record enrollment of about 19,849 students.

“It’s exciting. These numbers are right where we want them to be,” Chancellor G. David Gearhart said. “We know that we can best serve the interests of the students and of the state by growing in the right way. We are attracting talented students from across Arkansas and the nation to our state’s flagship campus.”

Of the 20,700 students expected, 3,458 are incoming freshmen. That number exceeds the university’s 2015 goal of 3,350 new students. The university indicated that most of those in-state incoming freshmen will have support from the Arkansas Challenge scholarship program, funded by the new state lottery.

The official “enrollment snapshot” won’t be taken until after the 11th day of class in the fall semester, but all indications are that there will be more students in town this fall than ever before.