The University of Arizona

Freshman Enrollment, Academic Preparedness Up Again in 2012-13

University Communications | August 24, 2012
The 2012-13 freshman class is smart, ethnically diverse and primarily from Arizona. (Photo by Norma Jean Gargasz/UANews)
The 2012-13 freshman class is smart, ethnically diverse and primarily from Arizona. (Photo by Norma Jean Gargasz/UANews)

The 2012-13 freshman class boasts a strong academic record and is enrolling more than ever in subjects involving science, technology, engineering and math.

This year's freshman class is as focused as ever on the science, technology, engineering and math fields. (Photo by Patrick McArdle/UANews)
This year's freshman class is as focused as ever on the science, technology, engineering and math fields. (Photo by Patrick McArdle/UANews)
The average GPA of the freshman class is 3.44, up from 3.41 in 2011-12. (Photo by Patrick McArdle/UANews)
The average GPA of the freshman class is 3.44, up from 3.41 in 2011-12. (Photo by Patrick McArdle/UANews)

Once again, the University of Arizona is setting records for freshman enrollment, academic preparedness and ethnic diversity.

This academic year, the UA welcomed about 7,450 freshmen - up more than 150 from last year. Just two years ago, in 2010-11, the entering freshman class was about 7,000.

About 27,000 people applied for freshman admission for the 2012-13 school year.

"We are thrilled to welcome the largest freshman class to date," President Ann Weaver Hart said. "This year's freshmen are more prepared than ever to take on the academic rigors of the University. We look forward to their many successes here."

The admitted students this year have a strong academic background, with an average GPA of 3.44 (up from 3.41 in 2011). The average SAT score is 1117 in math and critical reading (up from 1109 in 2011). The average ACT score is 24.

As Arizona's land-grant institution, the UA strives to provide access and enroll all qualified residents. Each year, the number of residents in the freshman class has increased – and 2012-13 is no exception. Approximately 4,500 students (61 percent) in this year's freshman class are Arizona residents. Nearly 3,000 students (39 percent) are non-residents (domestic and international) from around the globe.

This year, the UA is seeing an increase in enrollment in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields, especially in the colleges of engineering, medicine, science, and agriculture and life sciences. Increases also are seen this year in Eller College of Management and College of Education enrollment.

The freshman class this year is more diverse than in years past, with over 39 percent identifying as an ethnic minority.

The Honors College welcomes more than 1,100 new students in the 2012-13 freshman class. This is similar to the number of new Honors College students in last year's class, but with significant increases in academic quality. Also, more than 340 new national scholars have joined the UA community.

More than 1,900 students in the freshman class transfered to the UA from another institution. This is an increase of approximately 100 students from 2011-12, with Arizona resident transfers contributing to the increase.

“Students from Arizona and across the globe are drawn to the University of Arizona and continue to apply and enroll in record numbers," said Kasey Urquidez, associate vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and dean of undergraduate admissions.

"Our new Wildcats are extremely diverse and well-prepared academically. We know they made an outstanding choice in accepting our offer of admission and that they will succeed here and become a Wildcat for Life as an alum of the University of Arizona.”