Kent State University has officially logged another record-breaking year for enrollment at its Kent campus.
According to Kent State's 15-day census data for the fall 2013 semester, total freshman enrollment at the college's Kent campus is 4,314, which is 5.8 percent higher than last year's freshman class of 4,076 and slightly higher than the last record class of 4,284 set in 2011.
The current freshman class is the largest ever in the school's 103-year history. The group also carries the university's highest collective grade-point average ever for an incoming class at 3.3.
"More than 75 percent of our incoming freshmen have GPAs of 3.0 or higher. This is exactly what the state has asked us to do," said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. "We are enrolling more students who are academically prepared, and the we are retaining and supporting them on their journey to graduation."
Total student enrollment at the Kent campus, bolstered by the largest-ever freshman class, set a record as well.
The unduplicated population in Kent this fall is 28,019, which is about 300 students more than were enrolled at the same time last year. Enrollment throughout the entire Kent State eight-campus system is at 41,819.
University officials anticipated a large student body after Kent State reached capacity for freshmen enrollment in June.
Overall applications received for enrollment at the Kent Campus set a record of its own at 21,711, which tops the number received for fall 2012 of 21,040.
"Over the last few years, we have been working hard to attract the best and brightest to our great institution," said T. David Garcia, Kent State associate vice president for enrollment management, in a press release.
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