MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s fall 2016 preliminary enrollment data indicates several positive trends including a larger freshman class size, higher average ACT score and class rank than last fall’s freshman class.

This year’s freshman class size is 1,502 students, a 2% increase over the fall 2015 freshman class size. Within this fall’s freshman class, the average ACT composite score was 23.9, which is higher than the fall 2015 freshman average of 23.2. Freshman valedictorians comprise 4.9% of the fall 2016 freshman class, a 32% increase from the fall 2015 freshman class.

Percentage of freshmen in the top 10%, 20% and 25% of their graduating class also increased as 21% of the newest class of Racers placed in the top 10% of their graduating class, a 16% increase over fall 2015.

The University also saw an increase in Honors College participation this fall as preliminary data shows that there are 176 new freshman enrolled, an increase of approximately 15% over the previous fall and the largest in its recent history.

Total headcount as of fall 2016 census day was 10,495 students who are enrolled at Murray State, a 4.6% decline from the fall 2015 enrollment of 10,998 students. The University recently experienced two of the largest graduating classes in spring 2015 and 2016.

“We’re extremely encouraged by the increase in our freshman class size and the overall quality of students that are choosing Murray State University,” said President Bob Davies. “As evidenced by fall 2016 data, the University’s new admissions criteria continues to bring high-achieving individuals to Murray State who will thrive as degree-seeking students and succeed following graduation.”

Murray State University’s fall 2016 preliminary enrollment data indicates several positive trends, including a larger freshmen class size and higher average ACT score and class rank than last fall’s freshman class.

Murray State University’s fall 2016 preliminary enrollment data indicates several positive trends, including a larger freshman class size and higher average ACT score and class rank than last fall’s freshman class.

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