An Analysis of Fall Semester 2000 Enrollment

The University of Mississippi

This report provides information concerning fundamental aspects of student enrollment at The University of Mississippi in the Fall Semester 2000. It focuses primarily on changes in enrollment between Fall Semester 1999 and Fall Semester 2000. Where pertinent, however, references are made to enrollment trends across several years. The data contained in this report are drawn from the official University data tape concerning Fall Semester 2000 enrollment that will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning as part of their Management Information System.

 

CONTENTS

Summary Highlights

Section I: Enrollment Highlights (Composite)

Section II: Enrollment Highlights (Oxford Campus)

Section III: New and Readmitted Student Highlights (Oxford Campus)

Section IV: First-time Full-time Freshmen, Drawing Power and Show Rate (Oxford Campus)

Section V: Enrollment Highlights for the College of Liberal Arts and the Professional Schools (Oxford Campus)

 

SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS

The composite enrollment (Oxford, Medical Center, Tupelo, DeSoto, Jackson, and Special Classes) of The University of Mississippi is 13,928 for the Fall Semester 2000 and is the highest ever recorded. This represents a +3.0 percent increase or +401 students over Fall Semester 1999.

Headcount enrollment on the Oxford Campus increased to a record 11,405 students (+489 students or +4.5 percent). This increase was generated primarily due to an increase in the freshman class (+197 students or +8.5 percent) and an increase in the senior class (+146 students or +5.9 percent) .

Off-campus enrollment at Tupelo, DeSoto, Jackson, and Special Classes remained almost constant at 829 students.

African-American student enrollment increased to a record 1,387 students (+67 students or +5.1 percent).

Medical Center enrollment decreased to 1,694 students or -4.9 percent.

Graduate School enrollment in Oxford increased by +90 students or +6.2 percent.

The enrollment of first-time full-time freshmen increased by +163 students or +9.8 percent and is the highest on record.

Enrollment in the School of Law decreased to 472 students (-5 students or -1.0 percent).

 

SECTION I

ENROLLMENT HIGHLIGHTS
THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (COMPOSITE)
FALL 2000

OVERALL HEADCOUNT ENROLLMENT

The total headcount enrollment at all locations of the University stood at 13,928 students or a +3.0 percent increase from Fall Semester 1999.

The overall enrollment at the University in Fall Semester 2000 is the highest ever recorded. (Figure 1)

OXFORD CAMPUS

Total enrollment grew to 11,405 students, an increase of +489 students (+4.5 percent) above the Fall Semester 1999 enrollment of 10,916.

Full-time enrollment grew by +401 students or +4.1 percent, and part-time enrollment increased by +88 students or +8.4 percent.

Undergraduate enrollment grew by +404 students or +4.5 percent.

Graduate School enrollment increased by +90 students or +6.2 percent.

Enrollment in the School of Law decreased slightly from 477 students to 472 students.

MEDICAL CENTER

Medical Center enrollment decreased by -87 students or -4.9 percent. (Figure 2)

TUPELO, DESOTO, JACKSON, AND SPECIAL CLASS HEADCOUNT ENROLLMENT

Combined off-campus headcount enrollment decreased by -1 student or -0.1 percent. (Figure 3)

Enrollment of students at the Tupelo Campus decreased by -45 students or -13.6 percent.

Headcount enrollment at the DeSoto Center increased by +43 students or +13.7 percent.

Jackson Campus enrollment (Jackson Engineering and graduate level education) decreased by -9 students or -16.4 percent.

Special Class enrollment increased by +10 students or +7.6 percent.

 

SECTION II

ENROLLMENT HIGHLIGHTS
OXFORD CAMPUS
FALL 2000

HEADCOUNT AND FTE

The total headcount enrollment this fall is 11,405, an increase of +489 students or +4.5 percent. (Figure 4)

The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students increased by +370 (+3.6 percent) to 10,615.

UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE/LAW

Undergraduate enrollment is 9,398, an increase of +404 students (+4.5 percent) from 8,994 last fall. This is the largest undergraduate enrollment on record. (Figure 4)

Graduate enrollment (1,535 students) increased by +90 students or +6.2 percent. (Figure 5) Increases occurred at all levels (masters, +34 students or +4.1percent), (specialist, +14 students or +87.5 percent), (doctoral, +17 students or +3.4 percent), and (other/unclassified category, +25 students or +23.6 percent).

Law School enrollment decreased by -5 students or -1.0 percent. (Figure 6)

RESIDENT/NON-RESIDENT

Overall resident enrollment increased (+346 students or +4.9 percent). Increases occurred in undergraduate resident enrollment (+283 students or +4.8 percent), and graduate resident enrollment (+85 students or +11.9 percent), while law resident enrollment decreased by -22 students or -5.5 percent). (Figure 7)

Undergraduate resident enrollment of 6,168 students is the highest undergraduate resident enrollment ever recorded.

Within undergraduate resident student enrollment, freshmen increased by +56 students, sophomores increased by +70 students, juniors increased by +61 students, and seniors increased by +97 students.

Enrollment increased in all three Mississippi regions — northern counties by +256 students or +6.1 percent, central counties by +74 students or +4.1 percent, and southern counties by +16 students or +1.6 percent.

Overall non-resident enrollment increased by +143 students (+3.7 percent).

Non-resident undergraduate enrollment increased by +121 students (+3.9 percent) to 3,230. (Figure 7)  Increases occurred in the freshman class (+141 students or +13.6 percent) and the senior class (+49 students or +7.2 percent), while decreases occurred in the sophomore class (-1 student or -0.2 percent) and the junior class (-77 students or -10.8 percent).

Non-resident law student enrollment increased by +17 students (+22.1 percent), and non-resident graduate student enrollment increased by +5 students or +0.7 percent.

FULL-TIME/PART-TIME

Full-time enrollment increased by +401 students (+4.1 percent) to 10,273. Undergraduate full-time enrollment increased by +374 students (+4.4 percent), and graduate full-time enrollment increased by +27 students (+2.7 percent).

Part-time enrollment increased by +88 students (+8.4 percent) to 1,132.

The proportion of students who are full-time decreased to 90.1 percent from 90.4 percent in Fall 1999.

MALE/FEMALE

Male enrollment increased by +278 students (+5.2 percent) to 5,574.

Female enrollment increased by +211 students (+3.8 percent) to 5,831.

COLLEGE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (UNDERGRADUATE)

Undergraduate enrollment increased in Liberal Arts (+132 students or +3.1 percent),  Business (+225 students or +10.5 percent), Education (+72 students or +6.7 percent), and Pharmacy (+13 students or +3.9 percent).

Undergraduate enrollment decreased in Engineering (-5 students or -0.8 percent) and Accountancy (-31 students or -6.9 percent).

GRADUATE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT

Overall graduate student enrollment increased by +90 students or +6.2 percent to 1,535 students. (Figure 8)

Graduate student enrollment increased at the master’s level by +34 students or +4.1 percent, the doctoral level by +17 students or +3.4 percent, and in the other/unclassified category by +25 students or +23.6 percent.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS (U. S. CITIZENS)

Enrollment of African-American students increased (+67 students or +5.1 percent) to 1,387 students (a record high enrollment).

African-American enrollment at the undergraduate level increased by +74 students or +7.0 percent to 1,129, an all time high enrollment.

African-American student enrollment at the postbaccalaureate level (graduate and law) decreased by -7 students or -2.6 percent to 258 students.

Overall, 12.2 percent (a record high percentage) of the students enrolled at the University are African-American.

FRESHMEN/SOPHOMORES/JUNIORS/SENIORS

Freshman class enrollment increased by +197 students or +8.5 percent from last fall (a record high enrollment).
(Figure 9A and Figure 9B)

Sophomore class enrollment increased by +69 students or +4.2 percent.

Junior class enrollment decreased by -16 students or -0.7 percent.

Senior class enrollment increased by +146 students or +5.9 percent (highest enrollment on record).

FOREIGN STUDENTS

Foreign student enrollment decreased by -1 student (-0.2 percent) to 405 students. (Figure 10)

Foreign students account for 3.6 percent of the total student body.

 

SECTION III

NEW AND READMITTED STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS
OXFORD CAMPUS
FALL 2000

NEW UNDERGRADUATES

The number of new undergraduates increased from 2,466 to 2,707 students or +9.8 percent.

New undergraduate enrollment increased in the freshman class (+188 students), the sophomore class (+21 students), the junior class (+21 students), and the senior class (+12 students).

New resident undergraduate enrollment increased by +125 students (+8.1 percent) from 1,536 to 1,661. New non-resident undergraduate enrollment increased by +116 students (+12.5 percent) from 930 to 1,046.

The enrollment of first-time full-time freshmen increased from 1,669 to 1,832 students. (see Section IV for a detailed discussion)

The average ACT score for the entering freshman class increased from 23.32 in Fall 1999 to 23.38 in Fall 2000.(Figure 11)

New full-time transfer students increased by +67 students or +9.2 percent to 792 students. (Figure 12)

NEW GRADUATES

New graduate enrollment increased by +89 students (+25.1 percent) from 354 to 443. (Figure 13)

New resident graduate students increased by +46 students (+31.7 percent) from 145 to 191.

New master’s level students increased by +22 students (+9.6 percent) from 228 to 250, and new doctoral level students increased by +39 students (+57.4 percent).

NEW LAW STUDENTS

The number of new students entering the School of Law this fall decreased by -23 students (-13.7 percent).

New resident Law School enrollment decreased by -21 students (-17.9 percent), and new non-resident law enrollment decreased by -2 students (-3.9 percent).

READMITTED STUDENTS

The number of readmitted students at the undergraduate level decreased from 374 in Fall 1999 to 373 in Fall 2000. At the graduate level, the number of readmitted students decreased from 55 in Fall 1999 to 40 in Fall 2000. (Figure 14)

 

SECTION IV

FIRST-TIME FULL-TIME FRESHMEN
DRAWING POWER AND SHOW RATE
OXFORD CAMPUS
FALL 2000

OVERALL

The enrollment of first-time full-time freshmen increased from 1,669 to 1,832 (+163 students or +9.8 percent).

First-time full-time resident freshmen enrollment increased by +69 students or +7.7 percent, and first-time full-time non-resident freshmen enrollment increased by +94 students or +12.1 percent.

The institution’s drawing power increased from 0.0338 to 0.0365. The northern counties increased from 0.0504 to 0.0560, and the central counties increased from 0.0321 to 0.0371, while a decrease occurred in the southern counties (0.0183 to 0.0160). (Table I)

The overall show rate of new freshmen (the proportion of applicants who ultimately enroll) decreased from 37.2 percent in Fall 1999 to 34.0 percent in Fall 2000.  (Table II)

RESIDENT FIRST-TIME FULL-TIME FRESHMEN

Resident first-time full-time freshmen increased by +69 students or +7.7 percent to 964 students. (Figure 15)

The number of first-time full-time freshmen from the northern counties increased by +9.4 percent, the central counties increased by +15.8 percent, while the southern counties decreased by -12.3 percent. (Figure 15 and Figure 16)

Among the more notable changes were those from Hinds County (+23 students or +24.2 percent), DeSoto County (+18 students or +34.6 percent), Coahoma County (+13 students or +61.9 percent), Rankin County (+11 students or +30.6 percent), Madison County (+10 students or +25.6 percent), Forrest County (+10 students or +200.0 percent), Lowndes County (-12 students or -50.0 percent), and Harrison County (-10 students or -23.3 percent).

NON-RESIDENT FIRST-TIME FULL-TIME FRESHMEN

The enrollment of non-resident first-time full-time freshmen (868 students) increased by +94 students or +12.1 percent.
(Figure 17) Ole Miss continues to have a significant representation of students from other states. (Figure 19)

Significant enrollment changes of first-time full-time freshmen from the states in our immediate area took place in Tennessee (+58 students or +24.4 percent), Texas (+22 students or +26.2 percent), Georgia (+13 students or +22.8 percent), and Arkansas (-22 students or -33.8 percent).

The combined enrollment from our four border states increased by +27 students or +5.7 percent. (Figure 15 and Figure 18)

The proportion of first-time full-time freshmen who are residents decreased from 53.6 percent in Fall 1999 to 52.6 percent in Fall 2000.

DRAWING POWER

Statewide, the drawing power (the decimal fraction of first-time full-time freshmen at Ole Miss divided by the previous year’s 12th grade public school enrollment) increased from 0.0338 in Fall 1999 to 0.0365 in Fall 2000. (Table I)

SHOW RATE

This fall the undergraduate show rate (the rate at which applicants ultimately enroll at the University) decreased from 40.3 percent to 37.2 percent. (Table II)

The Graduate School show rate increased from 21.8 percent to 27.8 percent.

The Law School show rate decreased from 16.2 percent to 13.6 percent.

 

SECTION V

ENROLLMENT HIGHLIGHTS
FOR THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
OXFORD CAMPUS
FALL 2000

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

Total undergraduate enrollment increased by +132 students (+3.1 percent) to 4,441. ( Figure 20A and Table III).

New undergraduate enrollment increased by +80 students (+5.9 percent) to 1,431 students.

Graduate enrollment decreased by -17 students (-3.1 percent) to 530 students.

Total College of Liberal Arts enrollment is 4,971 students, an increase of +115 students or +2.4 percent from Fall 1999.

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Total undergraduate enrollment increased by +225 students or +10.5 percent to 2,365 students.

New undergraduate enrollment increased by +83 students or +15.2 percent to 629 students.

Graduate enrollment increased by +26 students (+18.8 percent) to 164 students.

Total enrollment in the School of Business is 2,529, which is +251 students or +11.0 percent more than Fall 1999.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Total undergraduate enrollment increased by +72 students or +6.7 percent to 1,140 students. (Figure 20B)

New undergraduate enrollment increased by +43 students or +20.3 percent to 255 students.

Total graduate level enrollment increased by +47 students (+10.7 percent) to 488 students.

Overall School of Education enrollment is 1,628, an increase of +119 students or +7.9 percent from Fall 1999.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Total undergraduate enrollment decreased by -5 students or -0.8 percent to 648 students.

New undergraduate enrollment increased by +38 students or +20.2 percent to 226 students.

Graduate enrollment increased by +21 students (+12.7 percent) to 186 students.

Overall enrollment in the School of Engineering increased by +16 students or +2.0 percent to a total of 834 students.

SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

Undergraduate enrollment in the School of Pharmacy increased by +13 students or +3.9 percent to 349 students. (Figure 20C)

New undergraduate enrollment increased by +12 students or +20.7 percent to 70 students.

Graduate level enrollment increased by +13 students (+20.0 percent) to 78 students.

Overall enrollment in the School of Pharmacy increased by +26 students or +6.5 percent to a total of 427 students.

SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTANCY

Total undergraduate enrollment decreased to 419 students, a decrease of -31 students or -6.9 percent.

New undergraduate enrollment decreased by -16 students or -15.4 percent to 88 students.

Graduate enrollment remained unchanged at 88 students.

Total School of Accountancy enrollment decreased by -31 students or -5.8 percent to a total of 507 students.

SCHOOL OF LAW

Law School enrollment decreased by -5 students or -1.0 percent to 472 students.

The second year class increased by +31 students or +21.1 percent to 178 students.  (Figure 6)