Baylor University topped milestones for freshman, undergraduate and overall enrollment and achieved all-time highs across the board for fall-to-fall retention numbers, according to statistics released Sept.17 by Baylor’s Office of Institutional Research and Testing.
The official numbers for Baylor’s 2014 fall enrollment:
A record-shattering class of high-achieving freshmen also has enrolled at Baylor this fall. Among the highlights:
The fall enrollment report also showed that fall-to-fall retention among Baylor freshmen improved for the fifth straight year.
The retention rate among Baylor’s first-time freshmen from fall 2013 to fall 2014 increased to a record 88.5 percent. Previous gains in freshman retention have been 88.2 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2013, 86.6 percent from fall 2011 to fall 2012, 85.4 percent from fall 2010 to fall 2011 and 81.9 percent from fall 2009 to 2010.
In addition, the retention rate among all Baylor undergraduates from fall 2013 to fall 2014 increased to 90.4 percent from 89.7 percent, while fall-to-fall retention for new transfer students rose to 81.5 percent from 74.7 percent.
Dr. Sinda K. Vanderpool, Baylor’s associate vice provost for academic enrollment management, said the new retention numbers across the board for freshmen, undergraduates and transfers are at all-time highs.
“This steady progress is a clear sign that our campus community is invested in the success of every Baylor student,” Vanderpool said. “We have an ‘all hands on deck’ approach at Baylor where we in the Baylor community—from those who work in Admissions and Financial Aid to professionals in Student Life and the Paul L. Foster Success Center—rally together, holding up the belief that each and every student can thrive at Baylor.
“And, if you ask a Baylor student, they will invariably point to a personal connection with a faculty member that has made that difference for them. Simply put, retention is a by-product of students making connections, engaging with their learning and investing in their own success,” she added.