Eli Capilouto

Record-Breaking First-Year Class

Published: Sep 11, 2013

This week, I had the honor of presenting fall enrollment numbers to the Board of Trustees. We are again welcoming the largest and one of the most academically distinguished first-year classes in our history. Consider just a few of the numbers:

 

1)    A record 4,702 first-year students, joining our largest study body ever of 29,400 students.

2)    105 National Merit scholar students, up from 71 last year when UK ranked among the Top 15 public universities in the country and record numbers of students with composite scores between 28 and 36 on their ACTs.

3)    555 African-American and 200 Hispanic students, both the largest in our institution’s history and the continuation of consistent growth since 2008.

4)    An increase of more than 1 absolute percentage point in our first- to second-year retention rates and significant percentage point increases in our third- and fourth-year rates as well. We have been committed to growing our enrollment. But we also are committed to providing the best possible educational experience for our students.

5)    And at the graduate and professional level, we have become more successful at helping students graduate in a timely manner with time-to-degree-completion rates now above the national average. A news release with more details can be found at http://uknow.uky.edu/content/record-first-year-enrollment-increases-quality-diversity-uk.

 

Our institution is increasingly seen as a first choice for the best students in our state and in the region. These students and their families are attracted by a renowned faculty, which has created a core curriculum garnering national attention for its creativity. They see an honors program, growing to offer more opportunity to interact across disciplines. They are excited by an expansion of living and learning communities that offer rich educational experiences both inside and outside the classroom. And they understand the investments we are making to revitalize our campus core with high-tech living, learning and research spaces that are making an already remarkable place even more special.

 

In short, these kinds of numbers don’t happen by accident or in short order. They result from the efforts of many people – families and students, faculty, staff and administrators – over many years. And certainly, our dedicated enrollment management team, led by Don Witt, deserves special recognition for the sustained and tireless efforts to recruit and nurture these students.

 

Of course, much work remains. Recruitment is only part of the equation, and the competition is becoming more fierce. We must work to retain and graduate them, to prepare them successfully for a world in which they must invent or reinvent their jobs. That process never ends. But I am thankful to be at an institution where students at every level are at the center of everything we do. 

September
 
1
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Labor Day - Academic Holiday
Mon
2
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Internship Info Session
Student/Faculty/Staff Mixer
Tue
3
Employee Educational Assistance Award
LNFS Presents: The Wolf of Wall Street
Last Day to Add a Class
Last Day to Drop a Course with 80% Refund
UK Volunteer Fair
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Children of Men
LNFS Presents: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Black and Latino Male Initiative
Advance Your Swagger: A Night with Fonzworth Bentely
Thu
5
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Northern Iowa
Kentucky Volleyball vs. USC
LNFS Presents: Spirited Away
LNFS Presents: Mulan
Fri
6
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Football vs. Ohio
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Creighton
Lets Swing Dance!
Sat
7
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Morehead State
Sun
8
Diversity Organization's Council
Kosher/Soul? (Jewish, African American & Appalachian culture Fuse)
Mon
9
Rock Star Professionalism Series
Tue
10
Massage on the Go
College: Do the Right Thing- A conversation with Dr. Smith
LNFS Presents: Fight Club
Wed
11
LNFS Presents: Mr & Mrs Smith
LNFS Presents: 22 Jump Street
Thu
12
LNFS Presents: Searching For Sugarman
LNFS Presents: Sin City
Fri
13
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Men's Soccer vs. ETSU
Sat
14
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Pepperdine
Sun
15
Kentucky Week Farmer's MarCat and Craft Fair
Majestic U.N.I.T.Y.
Mon
16
Justice Delayed not Justice Denied: A Talk with Dough Jones
PRHBTN Gallery Reception and Concert
Men's Soccer vs. Xavier
Tue
17
Internship Info Session
Last Day to Drop a Course Without Appearing on Transcript
Caregiver Support Group
LNFS Presents: The Immigrant
Wed
18
LNFS Presents: Watermark
LNFS Presents: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Lipscomb
Thu
19
LNFS Presents: A Band Called Death
LNFS Presents: Prisoners
Men's Soccer vs. Furman
Fri
20
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Xavier
Sat
21
 
Sun
22
Kentucky Law Schools Forum
Mon
23
Employer Showcase
Men's Soccer vs. Lousville
Tue
24
Employer Showcase
Last Day to Drop a Course with 50% Refund
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn
LNFS Presents: Saving Mr. Banks
Wed
25
LNFS Presents: Culture Jam
LNFS Presents: Maleficent
Thu
26
LNFS Presents: Ponyo
LNFS Presents: The Little Mermaid
Women's Soccer vs. Mississippi State
Fri
27
Kentucky Football vs. Vanderbilt
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
28
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Auburn
Sun
29
 
Mon
30
 
Tue
 
 
 
 
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