University of Arkansas fall enrollment expected to set a record at 23,000

Fall enrollment at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus will likely set a record in 2011.

“The final numbers won’t be in until the eleventh day of class, but we’re anticipating a record-breaking freshman class of 4,400 students this year and a total enrollment of more than 23,000,” said UA Chancellor David Gearhart Friday in a video posted to the university’s YouTube channel.

Among those freshmen are 187 from Arkansas who earned Chancellor’s Scholarships and 77 Arkansas students who won Silas Hunt Scholarships. This represents a little more than 70 percent of the total number of these scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen.

Chancellor’s Scholarships provide up to $8,000 per year to cover tuition, fees, and room and board, and are renewable if the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average. Freshman Chancellor’s Scholars are academically in the top 5 percent of students who apply to the university.

Silas Hunt Scholarships provide either $5,000 or $8,000 per year for tuition, fees, and room and board, and are also renewable to students who maintain a 3.0 average. These scholarships are competitively awarded. To qualify students must demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and potential, and be from under-represented communities. To be eligible a student may be a member of an under-represented ethnic or minority group; have interest in a field of study that does not typically attract members of his or her ethnicity or gender; come from an under-represented county in Arkansas; or be a first-generation college student.

Gearhart said collectively, the university’s student body has never been more diverse or academically accomplished.

Classes began Monday morning.

Chancellor G. David Gearhart’s Fall Welcome 2011