Enrollment Figures, Student Profile Presented at BOV Meeting

Posted: September 28, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“We have maintained the quality of our students and met our enrollment goals this year,” said dean of admissions Marcelle Heerschap at yesterday’s Board of Visitors’ Student Affairs Committee meeting.

The department’s goals included recruiting 2,200 freshmen and 2,000 transfer students, and improving the overall academic performance of the incoming students. According to Heerschap, the university enrolled 2,239 freshmen and 2,885 transfer students, and the median GPA of these students was significantly better than that of the incoming class of 1999.

George Mason received 4,065 applications from students living in Northern Virginia, a nine-percent increase over last year, and 1,683 applications from students in other parts of the commonwealth, an 18-percent increase over 1999. The largest increase in applications received was from the northeastern part of the country, where 915 students applied, an 80-percent increase from last year’s 507.

Karen Gentemann, director of Institutional Assessment, also gave a report at the meeting outlining the student profile at George Mason. Female students account for 53.7 percent of first-time freshmen and 55.1 percent of this year’s transfer students. Of the first-time freshmen, 54 percent are living on campus, while only 18.3 percent of the transfer students make their home at Mason.

Additionally, Gentemann provided statistics on the 1999-2000 graduating seniors. Sixty-two percent of the students were transfers, 60 percent were women, and 35 percent were ethnic minorities.

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