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Fall 2017

Growing Enrollment

UD Announces Second Year of Record-Breaking Undergraduate Enrollment


 Date Published: Oct. 17, 2017

University of DallasAs most colleges and universities across the nation deal with ongoing enrollment challenges, the University of Dallas is proud to announce a record-breaking undergraduate enrollment of 1,450 students. In addition to another back-to-back year of growing enrollment, the university’s freshman class, the Class of 2021, boasts an average SAT score of 1260, ranking them in the 83rd percentile nationally.

“This continued growth affirms the mission and values of the University of Dallas,” said Executive Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services John Plotts. “The pursuit of wisdom, truth and virtue are central to the university’s liberal arts education, and we are thankful for each student who chooses to become a member of the University of Dallas community.”

Business, biology and English round out as the top three majors, and with a student body that identifies nearly 20 percent Hispanic, hailing from nine countries and 39 states, the Class of 2021 represents one of the most ethnically and geographically diverse classes in university history. The entering Class of 2021 includes a record 419 freshmen compared to 371 in fall 2016.

While the university’s undergraduate population continues to show signs of growth, graduate student enrollment in the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business jumped 15 percent in 2017.

The sizable growth is primarily due to the continuous dedication, quality and relevance of their programs; increased partnerships between the dioceses and corporations at local and national levels; the launch of new programs such as the Master of Leadership and Master of Humanities in Classical Education, as well as the recently formed Catholic youth ministry program, and the Master of Science in Business Analytics.

“This has been a tremendous semester for the university. With such a large entering class, it’s clear that students are responding to our message that UD’s education is second to none,” said Assistant Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts David Andrews, BS ’90. “We offer our students a formative experience that will allow them to become leaders in the world. As an alumnus and longtime faculty member, I’m looking forward to the next four years teaching these freshmen.”

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