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FHU Enrollment Surpasses 1,900

Henderson, Tenn. - Sep 14, 2016

Fall 2016 enrollment at Freed-Hardeman University increased by 4.3 percent over Fall 2015, according to Dr. C.J. Vires, FHU provost. Total headcount for FHU, which includes students in Henderson, Memphis and Dickson, is 1,906. Undergraduates account for 1,402 of the total; graduate, 504.

Vires also noted higher ACT and SAT scores for this year’s freshmen. “We are very pleased with the outstanding academic quality of this year's freshman cohort,” he said. “Nearly 50 percent of these students' ACT and SAT scores ranked in the upper quartile, with 19 percent of them scoring in the upper 10 percent.” 

According to Vice President for Enrollment Management Matt Vega, this year's freshman class includes FHU’s largest ever cohort of students with an ACT score of 30 or higher. “We were pleased to welcome 50 freshmen who are Trustee Scholars,” he said.

The number of new students totaled 428, an increase of 23.3 percent. The first-time freshman cohort includes 325 students, a 10.5 percent increase over last year. The number of first-time transfer students jumped to 103, a 94.3 percent increase.

Graduate enrollment also showed growth with 38 additional students. Graduate credit-hour production also increased by 7.4 percent.

This year’s enrollment includes students from 32 states and 13 countries. The most popular majors for undergraduates include accounting, biblical studies, biology, education, management, marketing, nursing, psychology and social work.

Enrollment at the university’s off-campus instructional sites continued to show good growth with the Dickson center making a major jump. Enrollment there reached more than 100 students for the first time. This fall, 79 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students are enrolled at Dickson. At the Memphis location, which offers graduate classes only, credit-hour production was up 5 percent over Fall 2015.

“This encouraging news is a result of the dedicated efforts of the entire university family,” FHU President Joe Wiley said. “I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Matt Vega and his team of recruiters and counselors, the athletic department for recruiting additional student/athletes and the faculty and staff for creating such a warm and inviting climate whenever prospective students were on campus.”