Troy, AL - Troy University’s fall semester has been in full swing for about a month. The preliminary enrollment numbers are now being released, tougher admissions requirements put a strain on the numbers.
"I was enrolled in Alabama. I actually had my schedule and everything set a week before school started. Then I realized I wanted to go to a school where I felt like I would be a student rather than a number," says freshman Breanna Peeken.
She is one of the nearly 1,200 freshmen on Troy University’s main campus, and that’s up from last year.
"We are very pleased to say that the Troy campus did see a slight increase in enrollment this year after a substantial increase over the past 7 years in enrollment," says Troy University Dean of Enrollment Management, Buddy Starling.
But they weren’t expecting an increase in enrollment. In fact, leaders expected it to remain just about the same because of a few steps they took to recruit a higher caliber student.
"The new qualifications include increases in minimum ACT and SAT score here, increases in the GED score that we require, and an increase in the GPA for transfer students," says Starling.
Because of these new requirements, the university denied over 40 percent of applicants this fall.
"Hopefully we are improving quality along the way, and that we’re going to see better graduation and retention rates because of what we’re doing on the front end of the operation," says Starling.
Peeken hopes to be one of those adding to better graduation rates
"I’ve been here like two months or so, and I absolutely love it. I don’t regret my decision at all. I’m a proud Trojan," she says.
Because TROY is still enrolling for its second, nine-week term, the official numbers for traditional and non-traditional students will be released later in October.