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Enrollment up 5.4 percent, marking sixth consecutive increase in UT students

Enrollment at The University of Toledo rose for the sixth consecutive semester with spring 2009’s figure of 20,775 a 5.4 percent increase from spring 2008 across all UT campuses.

“Each year we’re building on our prior year’s successes,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs and interim vice president for equity and diversity. “As we celebrate this spring’s numbers, The University of Toledo is already using innovative enrollment programs like the UT Guarantee to continue this momentum.”

The UT Guarantee offers students from the public school districts in Ohio’s 21 largest cities the ability to attend UT tuition-free if they maintain a high school GPA of 3.0 and are eligible for some level of Pell Grant.

UT’s full-time equivalency (FTE) — the figure used to determine state subsidy — also increased, up 7.6 percent from 16,421 last year to 17,670 this year. FTE is calculated by the total number of course credit hours taken by students divided by 15, and often conveys a more accurate representation of the way enrollment affects an institution’s fiscal picture.

Six University colleges saw triple-digit headcount enrollment growth: Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health Science and Human Service, University College and the College of Graduate Studies.

Kevin Kucera, associate vice president for enrollment services, said he was pleased to see the growth spread so equally across the University.

“Almost every area is seeing enrollment growth, and I think that speaks volumes about the positive way current and prospective students see The University of Toledo when they are first making their decisions about where to attend college,” Kucera said.

Burns added that UT’s enrollment success was a campus-wide effort.

“Everyone from admission staff and recruiters to faculty, staff and current students have been key to our successful enrollment efforts,” he said.

The University will be admitting hundreds of the best academically prepared students from Columbus City Schools during a UT Guarantee visit Feb. 11. The Columbus trip is similar to the enrollment events UT has held in Cleveland and Toledo.