Belmont University officials announced Wednesday the school has reached a record-breaking enrollment number for the 11th straight year: 6,374 students.
In a release, Belmont said this fall’s enrollment marks an increase of 8 percent from last year (when the mark was 5,936) and a rise of 114 percent since 2000 when the school enrolled 2,976 students.
Classes for the fall semester began Wednesday.
The BU student body consists of 1,370 graduate and professional students and 5,004 undergraduates, representing record figures in both categories. Also, and for the first time, the university will enroll more than 2,000 new undergraduate and graduate/professional students.
In addition to the Class of 2015, Belmont’s charter for its College of Law includes 130 students, exceeding projected goals by nearly 30 percent. Moreover, the initial class has topped academic expectations as well, with incoming law students holding a median LSAT score of 154.
“Every day I see more young adults and their families walking in the front door to visit Belmont, and I tell them that this university’s mission is to empower students to use their talents and passions to transform the world,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said in the release.
This year’s incoming freshman class represents 43 states and eightforeign countries, with 72 percent of the class originating from outside of Tennessee. The university received a record number of 8,013, applications for graduate and undergraduate programs, including 3,882 applications for freshman admission, up 17 percent from last year.
The average ACT score for the 2011-12 freshman class is 26.3. In addition, 33 percent of new freshmen at Belmont ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and 61percent were in the top quarter. This year’s freshman class of 1,171 students held an average un-weighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.53, including 28 valedictorians and 17 salutatorians from schools reporting rankings. Also, a record number of 490 transfer students are joining the Belmont community this semester.
“The fall 2011 admission cycle at Belmont was tremendously successful by any measure,” David Mee, associate provost and dean of enrollment, said in the release.
Final enrollment figures won’t be available until mid-September following the university’s official drop/add/withdraw period.
The university’s record-breaking enrollment news coincides with the construction of several new campus buildings, including the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center (future home of the College of Law) and a new residence hall. BU is also renovating Belmont Heights Baptist Church’s main sanctuary to transform the space into a classical concert hall. All three projects are scheduled to be complete by summer 2012.