MURRAY, KY (KFVS) - Murray State University's fall 2016 preliminary enrollment data indicated positive trends, particularly within the freshmen class.
They boasted a larger class size, a higher average ACT score, and a higher average class rank than the fall 2015 freshmen class.
With 1,502 students, the fall 2016 freshman class size was 2 percent larger than the fall 2015 freshman class. The average ACT composite score was 23.9, higher than the fall 2015 class average of 23.2. Freshman valedictorians comprised 4.9 percent of the fall 2016 class, a 32 percent increase from the previous year.
In addition, 21 percent of the fall 2016 freshman class placed in the top 10% of their graduating class, a 16 percent increase over fall 2015. There were also 176 freshmen enrolled in the Honor's College, a 15 percent increase over the previous fall and the largest in recent history.
Preliminary data showed that overall enrollment declined from 10,998 in fall 2015 to 10,495 in fall 2016, though the University experienced two of its largest graduating classes in spring 2015 and 2016.
"We're extremely encouraged by the increase in our freshmen class size and the overall quality of students that are choosing Murray State University," said President Bob Davies. "As evidenced by fall 2016 data, the University's new admissions criteria continues to bring high-achieving individuals to Murray State who will thrive as degree-seeking students and succeed following graduation."