For the second year in a row, the University of Arkansas has achieved record enrollment numbers, this time finally exceeding 30,000. The exact number of students enrolled for the 2022-2023 academic year is 30,936, marking an 8.3% increase over the last academic year – one of the largest increases in the past decade. The record-breaking freshman class numbers 7,099, with an impressive increase of 17.1%.
“University of Arkansas enrollment is booming,” said Charles Robinson, interim chancellor at the U of A. “We have record overall enrollment and highest ever new freshman enrollment. I am most proud of the record numbers of Arkansans in the freshman class and in overall enrollment. This continued growth underscores that the U of A is a destination institution attracting students both in Arkansas and from across the country. The freshman class will have the highest incoming GPA in our history; these students are prepared to succeed. This is all good news for our campus and for our state.”
Of this record-breaking student body, just over half come from the state of Arkansas at 15,479. While 2,835, less than half of the newly enrolled freshmen, are Arkansans, 1,144 are international students and 7,101 students are considered as being from diverse communities –with the largest increase among the Hispanic community, up 12.3% from last year.
“There are many reasons to celebrate the university’s growth over the last two years,” said Suzanne McCray, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions. “The campus has been working to get ahead of the much-anticipated enrollment cliff that is already starting to have an effect on college enrollments across this country. Expanding our enrollment now helps provide a buffer for our campus and for our community. And we have been able to grow while also increasing opportunities for Arkansans, access for diverse communities and academic preparation among incoming students.”