Auburn University posts record enrollment, highest freshman ACT scores

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Auburn University has achieved its highest enrollment and top freshman ACT scores in history this fall, according to numbers released today by Auburn's Office of Institutional Research.

An enrollment of 27,287 is 1,375 more students than in fall 2014. The new freshman class accounts for 4,902 students, 310 more than last fall.

"Auburn University's outstanding academic programs, faculty and student body continue to attract record numbers of prospective students to our campus," said Cindy Singley, director of University Recruitment. "Combined with the spirit of the Auburn Family and the Auburn community, they want to be a part of it, too."

The new freshman class boasts an average ACT score of 27.3 and an average high school GPA of 3.83. Fifty-nine percent of the new class is from Alabama, while 41 percent is from out-of-state.

At the undergraduate level, enrollment is 21,786, an increase of 1,157 students from last year. Enrollment in post-baccalaureate programs, which includes professional students in the Harrison School of Pharmacy and College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as graduate students in other programs, is 5,501, which is 218 more students than last year.

There are 1,250 new undergraduate transfer students, a decrease of 20 students from last fall, and 1,656 new graduate students in all fields, up 49 students.

Official enrollment numbers are calculated after the 15th class day of every fall semester and reported by Auburn's Office of Institutional Research.

Also this week, U.S. News & World Report released its 2016 Best Colleges rankings, and for the 23rd consecutive year, Auburn has been ranked as a top 50 public institution. Auburn's undergraduate program in business was ranked 50th among all business programs, and 30th among those at public colleges and universities.

Auburn's undergraduate program in engineering landed on the 56th spot among all engineering programs nationwide at institutions that award the doctorate in engineering. It is ranked 31st among public schools.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.