An Analysis of Fall Semester 2002 Enrollment

The University of Mississippi

This report provides information concerning fundamental aspects of student enrollment at The University of Mississippi in the Fall Semester 2002. It focuses primarily on changes in enrollment between Fall Semester 2001 and Fall Semester 2002. 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 2002 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 Engineering, and Special Classes) of The University of Mississippi is 14,960 for the Fall Semester 2002 and is the highest ever recorded. This represents a +3.7 percent increase or +531 students over Fall Semester 2001.

Headcount enrollment on the Oxford Campus increased to a record 12,323 students (+450 students or +3.8 percent). Increases occurred in undergraduate enrollment (+385 students or +3.9 percent), graduate enrollment (+15 students or +1.0 percent), and law enrollment (+50 students or +10.5 percent).

Off-campus enrollment at Tupelo, DeSoto, Jackson Engineering, and Special Classes increased from 898 students to 965 students.

African-American student enrollment increased to a record 1,583 students (+98 students or +6.6 percent).

Undergraduate enrollment of 10,276 students is the highest undergraduate enrollment ever recorded.

The enrollment of first-time full-time freshmen increased by +95 students or +5.0 percent and is the highest on record.

Resident enrollment increased by +4.8 percent. Increases occurred at all levels (undergraduate by +4.8 percent, graduate by +2.0 percent, and law by +11.6 percent).

Enrollment in the School of Law increased to 528 students (+50 students or +10.5 percent).

 

SECTION I

ENROLLMENT HIGHLIGHTS
THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (COMPOSITE)
FALL 2002

OVERALL HEADCOUNT ENROLLMENT

The total headcount enrollment at all locations of the University stood at 14,960 students or a +3.7 percent increase from Fall Semester 2001.

The overall enrollment at the University in Fall Semester 2002 is the highest ever recorded. (Figure 1)

OXFORD CAMPUS

Total enrollment grew to 12,323 students, an increase of +450 students (+3.8 percent) above the Fall Semester 2001 enrollment of 11,873.

Full-time enrollment grew by +502 students or +4.7 percent, while part-time enrollment decreased by -52 students or -4.7 percent.

Undergraduate enrollment grew by +385 students or +3.9 percent.

Graduate School enrollment increased by +15 students or +1.0 percent.

Enrollment in the School of Law increased from 478 students to 528 students (+10.5 percent).

MEDICAL CENTER

Medical Center enrollment increased by +14 students or +0.8 percent. (Figure 2)

TUPELO, DESOTO, JACKSON ENGINEERING, AND SPECIAL CLASS HEADCOUNT ENROLLMENT

Combined off-campus headcount enrollment increased by +67 students or +7.5 percent. (Figure 3)

Enrollment of students at the Tupelo Campus increased by +52 students or +16.0 percent.

Headcount enrollment at the DeSoto Center increased by +32 students or +7.9 percent.

Special Class enrollment decreased by -30 students or -20.5 percent.

Jackson Engineering enrollment increased by +13 students or +61.9 percent.

 

SECTION II

ENROLLMENT HIGHLIGHTS
OXFORD CAMPUS
FALL 2002

HEADCOUNT AND FTE

The total headcount enrollment this fall is 12,323, an increase of +450 students or +3.8 percent. (Figure 4)

The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students increased by +518 (+4.7 percent) to 11,566.

UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE/LAW

Undergraduate enrollment is 10,276, an increase of +385 students (+3.9 percent) from 9,891 last fall. This is the largest undergraduate enrollment on record. (Figure 4)

Graduate enrollment (1,519 students) increased by +15 students or +1.0 percent. (Figure 5) Changes occurred in the various levels of the graduate school (masters, -3 students or -0.4 percent), (specialist, -15 students or -37.5 percent), (doctoral, +52 students or +10.6 percent), and (other/unclassified category, -19 students or -14.3 percent).

Law School enrollment increased by +50students or +10.5 percent. (Figure 6)

RESIDENT/NON-RESIDENT

Overall resident enrollment increased (+377 students or +4.8 percent). Increases occurred in undergraduate resident enrollment (+315 students or +4.8 percent), graduate resident enrollment (+16 students or +2.0 percent), and law resident enrollment (+46 students or +11.6 percent).

Undergraduate resident enrollment of 6,915 students is the highest undergraduate resident enrollment ever recorded. (Figure 7)

Within undergraduate resident student enrollment, freshmen increased by +62 students, sophomores increased by +88 students, juniors increased by +98 students, and seniors increased by +41students.

Enrollment increased in all three Mississippi regions — northern counties by +141 students or +3.0 percent, central counties by +122 students or +5.9 percent, and southern counties by +114 students or +10.7 percent.

Overall non-resident enrollment increased by +73 students (+1.8 percent).

Non-resident undergraduate enrollment increased by +70 students (+2.1 percent) to 3,361. (Figure 7)  Increases occurred in the freshman class (+35 students or +2.5 percent), the sophomore class (+4 students or +0.6 percent), the junior class (+23 students or +4.0 percent), and the senior class (+23 students or +4.1 percent).

Non-resident law student enrollment increased by +4 students (+4.9 percent), and non-resident graduate student enrollment remained almost constant at 685 students.

FULL-TIME/PART-TIME

Full-time enrollment increased by +502 students (+4.7 percent) to 11,273. Undergraduate full-time enrollment increased by +404 students (+4.4 percent) and graduate full-time enrollment increased by +48 studnets (+4.7 percent).

Part-time enrollment decreased by -52 students (-4.7 percent) to 1,050.

The proportion of students who are full-time increased to 91.5 percent in Fall 2002 from 90.7 percent in Fall 2001.

MALE/FEMALE

Female enrollment increased by +269 students (+4.4 percent) to 6,330.

Male enrollment increased by +181 students (+3.1 percent) to 5,993.

COLLEGE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (UNDERGRADUATE)

Undergraduate enrollment increased in Liberal Arts (+348 students or +7.7 percent),  Business (+46 students or +1.8 percent), and Applied Sciences (+90 students or +12.4 percent).

Undergraduate enrollment decreased in Education (-8 students or -1.1 percent), Engineering (-58 students or -9.2 percent), Pharmacy (-16 students or -4.4 percent), and Accountancy (-17 students or -4.2 percent).

GRADUATE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT

Overall graduate student enrollment increased by +15 students or +1.0 percent to 1,519 students. (Figure 8)

Graduate student enrollment increased at the doctoral level by +52 students or +10.6 percent, while decreases occurred at the master’s level by -3 students or -0.4 percent and the specialist level by -15 students or -37.5 percent.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS (U. S. CITIZENS)

Enrollment of African-American students increased (+98 students or +6.6 percent) to 1,583 students (a record high enrollment).

African-American enrollment at the undergraduate level increased by +118 students or +9.6 percent to 1,350, an all time high enrollment.

African-American student enrollment at the postbaccalaureate level (graduate and law) decreased by -20 students or -7.9 percent to 233.

Overall, 12.8 percent (a record high percentage) of the students enrolled at the University are African-American.

FRESHMEN/SOPHOMORES/JUNIORS/SENIORS

Freshman class enrollment increased by +97 students or +3.2 percent (a record high enrollment).
(Figure 9A and Figure 9B)

Sophomore class enrollment increased by +92 students or +4.7 percent.

Junior class enrollment increased by +121 students or +5.8 percent.

Senior class enrollment increased by +64 students or +2.6 percent.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International student enrollment increased by +21 students (+5.3 percent) to 417 students. (Figure 10)

International students account for 3.4 percent of the total student body.

 

SECTION III

NEW AND READMITTED STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS
OXFORD CAMPUS
FALL 2002

NEW UNDERGRADUATES

The number of new undergraduates increased from 2,879 students in Fall 2001 to 2,978 students in Fall 2002, an increase of +3.4 percent.

New undergraduate enrollment increased in the freshman class (+113 students), decreased in the sophomore class (-2 students), and decreased in the junior class (-11 students), while it remained constant in the senior class.

New resident undergraduate enrollment increased by +87 students (+4.8 percent) from 1,818 to 1,905. New non-resident undergraduate enrollment increased by +12 students (+1.1 percent) from 1,061 to 1,073.

The enrollment of first-time full-time freshmen increased from 1,905 to 2,000 students. (see Section IV)

The average ACT score for the entering freshman class decreased from 23.13 in Fall 2001 to 23.04 in Fall 2002.(Figure 11)

New full-time transfer students increased by +17 students or +1.9 percent to 893 students. (Figure 12)

NEW GRADUATES

New graduate enrollment increased by +36 students (+11.7 percent) from 307 to 343. (Figure 13)

New resident graduate students decreased by -6 students (-3.7 percent) from 162 to 156.

New non-resident graduate students increased by +42 students (+29.0 percent) from 145 to 187.

New master’s level students increased by +24 students (+12.9 percent) from 186 to 210, and new doctoral level students increased by +21 students (+36.8 percent) from 57 to 78.

NEW LAW STUDENTS

The number of new students entering the School of Law this fall increased by +61 students (+44.2 percent).

New resident Law School enrollment increased by +39 students (+37.9 percent) and new non-resident law enrollment increased by +22 students (+62.9 percent).

READMITTED STUDENTS

The number of readmitted students at the undergraduate level decreased from 382 in Fall 2001 to 379 in Fall 2002. At the graduate level, the number of readmitted students increased from 49 in Fall 2001 to 95 in Fall 2002. (Figure 14)

 

SECTION IV

FIRST-TIME FULL-TIME FRESHMEN
DRAWING POWER AND SHOW RATE
OXFORD CAMPUS
FALL 2002

OVERALL

The enrollment of first-time full-time freshmen increased from 1,905 to 2,000 (+95 students or +5.0 percent).

First-time full-time resident freshmen enrollment increased by +89 students or +8.8 percent, and first-time full-time non-resident freshmen enrollment increased by +6 students or +0.7 percent.

The institution’s drawing power increased from 0.0387 to 0.0429. The northern counties increased from 0.0541 to 0.0620, the central counties increased from 0.0392 to 0.0407, and the southern counties increased from 0.0226 to 0.0258. (Table I)

The overall show rate of new freshmen (the proportion of applicants who ultimately enroll) decreased from 29.8 percent in Fall 2001 to 28.5 percent in Fall 2002.  (Table II)

RESIDENT FIRST-TIME FULL-TIME FRESHMEN

Resident first-time full-time freshmen increased by +89 students or +8.8 percent to 1,101 students. (Figure 15)

The number of first-time full-time freshmen from the northern counties increased by +12.3 percent, the central counties increased by +2.3 percent, and the southern counties increased by +11.9 percent. (Figure 15 and Figure 16)

Among the more notable changes were those from Jackson County (+23 students or +65.7 percent), Leflore County (+12 students or +80.0 percent), Union County (+10 students or +250.0 percent), Lafayette County (+10 students or +15.2 percent), and Lee County (-12 students or -21.8 percent).

NON-RESIDENT FIRST-TIME FULL-TIME FRESHMEN

The enrollment of non-resident first-time full-time freshmen (899 students) increased by +6 students or +0.7 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 Texas (+35 students or +33.3 percent), Alabama (-11 students or -10.4 percent), Arkansas (-21 students or -40.4 percent), and Georgia (-26 students or -22.2 percent).

The combined enrollment from our four border states decreased by -20 students or -4.2 percent. (Figure 15 and Figure 18)

The proportion of first-time full-time freshmen who are residents increased from 53.1 percent in Fall 2001 to 55.1 percent in Fall 2002.

DRAWING POWER

Statewide, the drawing power (the decimal fraction that is derived when the number of first-time full-time freshmen at Ole Miss is divided by the previous year’s 12th grade public school enrollment in Mississippi) increased from 0.0387 in Fall 2001 to 0.0429 in Fall 2002. (Table I)

SHOW RATE

This fall the undergraduate show rate (the rate at which applicants ultimately enroll at the University) decreased from 32.9 percent to 31.4 percent. (Table II)

The Graduate School show rate increased from 16.2 percent to 19.4 percent.

The Law School show rate increased from 14.0 percent to 16.3 percent.

 

SECTION V

ENROLLMENT HIGHLIGHTS
FOR THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
OXFORD CAMPUS
FALL 2002

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

Total undergraduate enrollment increased by +348 students or +7.7 percent to 4,842. ( Figure 20A and Table III).

New undergraduate enrollment increased by +99 students or +6.5 percent to 1,613 students.

Graduate enrollment increased by +9 students or +1.9 percent to 485 students.

Total College of Liberal Arts enrollment increased by +357 students or +7.2 percent to 5,327 students.

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Total undergraduate enrollment increased by +46 students or +1.8 percent to 2,593 students.

New undergraduate enrollment increased by +7 students or +1.0 percent to 684 students.

Graduate enrollment increased by +13 students or +7.8 percent to 179 students.

Total enrollment in the School of Business is 2,772, which is +59 students or +2.2 percent more than Fall 2001.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Total undergraduate enrollment decreased by -8 students or -1.1 percent to 716 students. (Figure 20B)

New undergraduate enrollment decreased by -16 students or -8.3 percent to 177 students.

Total graduate level enrollment decreased by -46 students or -9.8 percent to 424 students.

Overall School of Education enrollment decreased by -54 students or -4.5 percent to 1,140 students.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Total undergraduate enrollment decreased by -58 students or -9.2 percent to 570 students.

New undergraduate enrollment was relatively unchanged at 203 students.

Graduate enrollment increased by +18 students or +9.6 percent to 205 students.

Overall enrollment in the School of Engineering decreased by -40 students or -4.9 percent to a total of 775 students.

SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

Undergraduate enrollment in the School of Pharmacy decreased by -16 students or -4.4 percent to 350 students. (Figure 20C)

New undergraduate enrollment decreased by -10 students or -13.2 percent to 66 students.

Graduate level enrollment increased by +4 students or +5.6 to 76 students.

Overall enrollment in the School of Pharmacy decreased by -12 students or -2.7 percent to a total of 426 students.

SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTANCY

Total undergraduate enrollment decreased to 390 students, a decrease of -17 students or -4.2 percent.

New undergraduate enrollment decreased by -17 students or -16.8 percent to 84 students.

Graduate enrollment increased by +13 students or +17.3 percent to 88 students.

Total School of Accountancy enrollment decreased by -4 students or -0.8 percent to a total of 478 students.

SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Total undergraduate enrollment increased by +90 students to +12.4 percent to 815 students.

New undergraduate enrollment increased by +35 students or +30.2 percent to 151 students.

Total graduate level enrollment increased by +3 students or +5.2 percent to 61 students.

Total School of Applied Sciences enrollment increased by +93 students or +11.9 percent to 876 students.

SCHOOL OF LAW

Law School enrollment increased by +50 students or +10.5 percent to 528 students.

The first year class increased by +63 students or +37.7 percent to 230 students.  (Figure 6)