Tuition increases didn't scare away new students from Alabama's three largest universities this fall. The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University all reported significant increases in the size of their freshman classes.
All three institutions increased tuition this fall, Auburn by 12 percent and Alabama by eight percent. U-A-B increased the cost of tuition and fees by six percent.
U-A-B saw the largest percentage increase with one thousand 471
freshman students enrolled this fall, an increase of slightly more
than 13 percent from 2001.
Auburn's freshman class grew by more than 400 students, or about
10 percent, for a total of four-thousand 153 students -- the largest freshman class in school history.
Officials at Alabama have not released official enrollment numbers, but Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Nancy Barrett said the increase will be nearly 10 percent, an increase of about 230 students. In 2001, the university had two thousand 420 freshman.