If you haven’t already noticed, the news coming out of LSUA this fall has been exceptional.
First, LSUA is proud to announce increased enrollment for Fall 2019 and the University reports a five percent increase in student population over the previous fall semester. This fall, LSUA welcomed 3,285 students to the University with the largest gains coming in transfer and online students.
In fact, the number of online students surged by 41.4 percent over the previous fall semester and the number of transfer students grew by almost 20 percent over Fall 2018.
Additionally, LSUA welcomed one of the largest first-time freshmen classes in school history with 469 freshmen coming to campus; a 1.3 percent increase over the previous fall. Other enrollment figures include a 1.3 percent increase in continuing students from fall to fall, a 5.4 percent increase in re-entry students, and steady numbers among those who are dual enrolled.
“We are extremely excited about our 5% growth in overall fall enrollment. With almost 3,300 total students and one of the largest first-time freshmen classes in history, we hope to continue building on this success and help more students graduate and enter the workforce ready to contribute to a strong economic future for Central Louisiana,” said LSUA Chancellor Dr. Paul Coreil.
Secondly, LSUA was twice recognized by U.S. News & World Report in their 2020 Best Colleges Edition.
The publication ranked LSUA among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges in the country when it comes to creating social mobility for students. The new ranking assesses the graduation rates of Pell Grant awarded students. Pell grants are normally awarded to those whose household incomes are less than $50,000, however, most go to those with incomes less than $20,000.
“When one person receives a degree, their entire family tree is positively changed for generations. Therefore, our mission focuses on access to education – we keep tuition affordable and approach education in a holistic way, as we remain dedicated to student success,” said Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement, Dr. Abbey Bain.
To that point, LSUA was also recognized by the publication as a top university for students graduating with the lightest debt load. According to U.S. News & World Report, 42 percent of LSUA students graduate with debt. The average amount of debt is $18,454. This compares to an average national debt of $29,800 according to Student Loan Hero.
If you want to learn more about the affordability of LSUA or the programs offered, visit www.lsua.edu.