Fall 2008 Undergraduate New Student Enrollment


I am pleased to provide a snapshot of fall 2008 undergraduate new-student enrollment data as of May 6.
This year's deposit totals as of the national candidates reply date are notable on several fronts, including:

• First-time first-year student deposits number 680, a record high. This total is 10.2% higher than the same date one year ago and 8.8% higher than the average for the previous four years. Deposits from transfers (84) are slightly lower than last year (89) and our four-year average (102). Total deposits of 764 suggest that we are on track to meet and most likely exceed the College's fall 2008 enrollment target of 750 new students. Current deposit totals project a new class of 625 first year and 150 transfer students.

• Commitments from high-ability students are also at record high levels. Honors at Entrance candidates (82) are significantly higher than last year (67) and exceed the previous all time high for fall 2005 (76).

• 41% of deposited students are of color, compared to 37% at this point one year ago. This result is particularly gratifying given challenges the College has faced in recent months. 1.5% are Native American, 6% are African American, 11% Asian American and 22.6% Latino.

• Deposits from international students more than doubled to 18 for fall 2008. With a commitment deadline of May 15, additional international student deposits are expected in the days ahead.

• 25% of deposited new students are eligible for Pell Grants. This meets our institutional goal and Lasallin commitment to providing access to high quality education to needy students.

• Deposits from incoming freshmen who attended Lasallian high schools (61) are at a record level. This total includes five students from the first graduating class at San Miguel High School, the Brothers' newest school in Tucson, and a student from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep who is also a graduate of DeMarrillac Academy, the Brothers' middle school in the Tenderloin.

Actual enrollments are the result of late candidate decisions and summer transfer activity, less always anticipated "melt." I will provide updated information as we approach the start of fall term. In the meantime, I want to express thanks to the many faculty, staff, students, alumni and others whose efforts have contributed to recruitment efforts during the past year.

Michael Beseda
VP College Communications and Enrollment