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Undergraduate enrollment soars at SXU

Hurricane victims among those enrolled

Chicago (Sept. 19, 2005) – Enrollment for the Fall 2005 semester has again soared at Saint Xavier University, topping all previous records for undergraduate enrollment.

The university’s 966 new students for fall 2005 are comprised of 425 new freshmen, 304 transfer students and 237 adults. In addition, the university experienced major milestones in the recruitment of these new students. 

The Class of 2009, consisting of students from 17 states across the country, will be the largest in Saint Xavier history. This freshman class is also the strongest academically; they hold an average ACT score of 21.9 (another milestone), and 37 students qualified for the honors freshman program, a 45 percent increase over prior years. The Class of 2009 is also the most racially and ethnically diverse, and welcomes the highest number of African-American students (21 percent) in university history. Overall, 39 percent of the class of 2009 is from non-white racial/ethnic categories.

Saint Xavier University also welcomes the largest transfer class in its history. Sixty percent of this year’s transfers are traditional age, and 17 percent of these students will reside on campus. More than half of all new adult transfers will attend Saint Xavier on a full-time basis.

In addition to recruiting the largest class in history, the university admission team has also worked quickly to provide significant support to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Sixteen new students from universities in the Gulf states have been admitted and 12 have enrolled at Saint Xavier in the last 10 days.

“The quality of the Saint Xavier University educational experience is the real driving force behind these growing numbers of students,” said Rose Milkowski, vice president of Enrollment and Marketing Services. “Students succeed at Saint Xavier, and that word of mouth generates more interest every year.”

Beth Gierach, associate vice president of admission, added that the addition of a call center to contact prospective students and share with them the opportunities at the university, coupled with a determined effort to maintain monthly contact with applicants by e-mail and phone, have contributed to the record-setting increases.

Gierach also said that a greatly improved viewbook and the university’s new Web site have helped to increase enrollment. “The Web site is attractive, interesting and facilitates inquiry and application for admission in a user-friendly, high-tech manner,” she said.


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