USU freshmen show high academic scores

In a letter to USU faculty and staff, President Stan Albrecht shared an optimistic glimpse of future classes. The incoming class is also marked by a 26 percent jump in minority student enrollment. The average ACT and index score of the incoming freshman class has climbed as well, resulting in a higher number of awarded scholarships. Total enrollment at the university hit a high of 25,767 students, with a record number of first-time students. An improvement in ACT and index scores not only marks the incoming freshman class as the biggest we’ve had, but one of the most quality groups as well according to President Albrecht’s letter. Jenn Putnam, director of admissions, said the increase in scores is probably tied to economic conditions. “I think money has become a real determining factor given the state of the economy over the past three years,” she said. “To the credit of our administration, they have allowed us to be extremely transparent in the aid package as far as scholarship offerings we are able to give students upfront.”

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