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SMU adds 100 more students to freshman class

Postby tristatecoog » Tue Aug 16, 2022 12:41 pm

https://www.smu.edu/Admission/Apply/FirstYear/Class-Profile

Last year, SMU had 1,572 enrolled students but this year's incoming class is 100 students larger. Unfortunately, that's created an issue with housing availability which I've heard anecdotally has particularly pinched transfer student housing. I'm not sure how the strong demand will roll through acceptance rate and yield but a higher (than expected) enrolled class means good things for the future. Admissions can tighten things up a bit next year.

SMU's enrollment strength is in the midst of trends showing that '[total U.S.] college attendance among undergraduates has fallen almost 10 percent since Covid emerged in early 2020." Small private colleges, regional public universities, and rural institutions all face strong enrollment headwinds while enduring high inflation costs.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-s ... en_sign_in
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Re: SMU adds 100 more students to freshman class

Postby gostangs » Tue Aug 16, 2022 8:47 pm

tristatecoog wrote:https://www.smu.edu/Admission/Apply/FirstYear/Class-Profile

Last year, SMU had 1,572 enrolled students but this year's incoming class is 100 students larger. Unfortunately, that's created an issue with housing availability which I've heard anecdotally has particularly pinched transfer student housing. I'm not sure how the strong demand will roll through acceptance rate and yield but a higher (than expected) enrolled class means good things for the future. Admissions can tighten things up a bit next year.

SMU's enrollment strength is in the midst of trends showing that '[total U.S.] college attendance among undergraduates has fallen almost 10 percent since Covid emerged in early 2020." Small private colleges, regional public universities, and rural institutions all face strong enrollment headwinds while enduring high inflation costs.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-s ... en_sign_in


If we can expand the size of the university without lowering our standards we absolutely should do so. The housing issue will work itself out - there is a ton of nearby off campus housing. We should be 10k undergrads if possible. Also a new dorm is easy to pay for by floating debt and paying with room rent. Built in required tenants.
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Re: SMU adds 100 more students to freshman class

Postby tristatecoog » Wed Aug 17, 2022 9:50 am

So the public A&M model vs. the UT model (growing enrollment vs. fixing enrollment)? I'd rather see improved quality rather than larger enrollment. Not sure where another dorm would be built.
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Re: SMU adds 100 more students to freshman class

Postby AfricanMustang » Wed Aug 17, 2022 6:56 pm

It's been increasing each year, without compromising quality.

Semester Enrolled SAT ACT
Fall 2021 1,572 1415 32.0
Fall 2020 1,531 1343 30.6
Fall 2019 1,544 1377 30.8
Fall 2018 1,530 1363 30.4
Fall 2017 1,423 1352 30.0

https://www.smu.edu/-/media/Site/ir/Tre ... .pdf?la=en
tristatecoog wrote:https://www.smu.edu/Admission/Apply/FirstYear/Class-Profile

Last year, SMU had 1,572 enrolled students but this year's incoming class is 100 students larger. Unfortunately, that's created an issue with housing availability which I've heard anecdotally has particularly pinched transfer student housing. I'm not sure how the strong demand will roll through acceptance rate and yield but a higher (than expected) enrolled class means good things for the future. Admissions can tighten things up a bit next year.

SMU's enrollment strength is in the midst of trends showing that '[total U.S.] college attendance among undergraduates has fallen almost 10 percent since Covid emerged in early 2020." Small private colleges, regional public universities, and rural institutions all face strong enrollment headwinds while enduring high inflation costs.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-s ... en_sign_in
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