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UCA reports enrollment increase and rise in ACT scores

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The University of Central Arkansas says its enrollment rose again this fall along with ACT scores of entering students.

Enrollment was up by 56 students, to 11,754, the third year of rising enrollment. Higher entrance standards reduced the number of first-time students, but their scores were up. From a release:

New admission standards approved by the UCA Board of Trustees requires first-time undergraduate students to have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and a score of 20 on the ACT beginning fall 2015. As a result, first-time undergraduate enrollment decreased from 2,232 to 2,046 in fall 2014 and fall 2015, respectively. Conversely, the average ACT score this year for first-time undergraduate students is 23.7. Last year, the average was 23.3.


Retention for full-time, first-time undergraduates increased from 69.9 percent from fall 2013 to 72.4 percent from fall 2014, UCA said. 

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