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Tweet from SMU re: enrollment

Postby PonyPride » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:54 am

Saw this today:

"This fall's student body of 12,385 is the largest in our history.

In a year with so much uncertainty, we are thrilled to have new undergraduate and graduate students in our Mustang family."

Anyone know how much of a jump that is over the previous record? Not sure what variables (i.e. online-only, part-time students, etc.) are at play here, but with so much talk about people taking a year off from school, it seemed noteworthy.
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Re: Tweet from SMU re: enrollment

Postby EastStang » Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:29 pm

A lot of on-line students this year?
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Re: Tweet from SMU re: enrollment

Postby AfricanMustang » Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:55 pm

PonyPride wrote:Saw this today:

"This fall's student body of 12,385 is the largest in our history.

In a year with so much uncertainty, we are thrilled to have new undergraduate and graduate students in our Mustang family."

Anyone know how much of a jump that is over the previous record? Not sure what variables (i.e. online-only, part-time students, etc.) are at play here, but with so much talk about people taking a year off from school, it seemed noteworthy.


Last year, it was 11,824
https://www.smu.edu/-/media/Site/ir/Tre ... .pdf?la=en
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Re: Tweet from SMU re: enrollment

Postby AfricanMustang » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:03 pm

EastStang wrote:A lot of on-line students this year?


Yes, relatively especially in the new Online MBA Program (from 41 last year to 238 this year), but then again we also had the largest number of Applicants for first years - 14,010 (But we also admitted more than last year and our admission rate increased from 47.2% last year to 52.6% this so this headline is the administration putting a positive spin on this:-)
https://www.smu.edu/-/media/Site/ir/Tre ... .pdf?la=en

First Year entering Fall 2020 - 1,531
First Year entering Fall 2020 - 1,544 (Highest)
First Year entering Fall 2020 - 1,530
https://www.smu.edu/-/media/Site/ir/Tre ... .pdf?la=en
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Re: Tweet from SMU re: enrollment

Postby AfricanMustang » Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:46 pm

PonyPride wrote:Saw this today:

"This fall's student body of 12,385 is the largest in our history.

In a year with so much uncertainty, we are thrilled to have new undergraduate and graduate students in our Mustang family."

Anyone know how much of a jump that is over the previous record? Not sure what variables (i.e. online-only, part-time students, etc.) are at play here, but with so much talk about people taking a year off from school, it seemed noteworthy.


DALLAS (SMU) – SMU has welcomed a record-setting student body for Fall 2020. While students have adapted to changes that support health and safety, the University has expanded its online and virtual offerings and exceeded its enrollment targets for both undergraduate students and graduate students.
This fall’s combined student body of 12,385 is the largest in SMU history.
The new group of first-year undergraduate students – the Class of 2024 – reflects SMU’s growing academic stature and national reputation. Its 1,531 students come from 46 states and 24 foreign countries, and just over 40 percent of them are from Texas. In addition to first-year students, 297 new transfer students began classes at SMU this fall on the way to completing their bachelor’s degree. One-third of the new students identify with ethnically or racially underrepresented groups, setting a new record for diversity at SMU.

“At SMU we celebrate the bold and the curious,” said Elena Hicks, Dean of Admission at SMU. “This is the most resilient and adaptable entering class I have seen. A lot of people may have expected students to give up or delay going to college due to the pandemic – but our students are learning here in ways that meet their needs, and they are thriving. They have passion, grit, and fortitude, and I am so proud to call them Mustangs!”

The University’s flexible academic model during the COVID-19 pandemic allows students to study in-person through an alternating classroom calendar and/or remotely from their homes. The remote study option has been very popular with international students. Approximately 18 percent of undergraduates and 50 percent of graduate students will complete their entire semester virtually. To offer the highest level of academic experience in the safest manner, SMU faculty members have participated in advanced training for virtual instruction, and the University de-densified classrooms and converted larger meeting rooms and ballrooms to provide appropriate social distancing for additional in-person classes. The University has invested widely in upgrading campus facilities with higher grade air filters, plexiglass partitions, enhanced cleaning and other and health and safety measures.

Looking forward, SMU continues to engage with prospective students through virtual tours and meetings with students across the country and around world. In May, SMU joined many top colleges and universities in temporarily waiving ACT and SAT scores for students graduating from high school in 2021 because those tests may not be available consistently this academic year. Students applying for Spring or Fall 2021 may choose whether to submit these scores as part of their application for admission.

SMU’s average ACT score for entering students remained at 31 this fall, a score representing the top 5% of students taking the ACT nationally.

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Re: Tweet from SMU re: enrollment

Postby SMU Biz Prof » Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:21 am

Cox enrollment was up approximately 40% at the graduate level this year...across all programs. We purposefully shrank the 2 year MBA (to focus on quality) and the MSA remained the same. All other programs had huge enrollment growths. At the undergraduate level, we increased 20% even though we moved to a direct admit model. Good news last year is that SMU had a better yield from students that did not get into Cox (i.e., not admitted to Cox but admitted to SMU) than their yield overall. Cox now has the largest enrollment it ever has...but, unfortunately, the number of full-time faculty has remained stagnant over the past 15 years.
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Re: Tweet from SMU re: enrollment

Postby indianmustang » Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:26 am

maybe we will have more people at games, if we continue winning
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