Louisiana State University (LSU) welcomed the largest and most diverse freshman class in the institution’s history Monday.
According to an LSU officials, preliminary numbers indicate the university is expecting at least 5,800 freshman students this year. That would break the previous record of 5,725 freshman set back in 2012.
The record breaking numbers extend to their honors program as well, which is welcoming over 700 students this year.
“We are excited to welcome this record-breaking class to campus,” said LSU President F. King Alexander.
“This is the most academically successful and diverse group of students we’ve ever brought in, and we cannot wait to see the great things they do at LSU and beyond. This great freshman class is thanks to the hard work put in by our enrollment management team, along with our college deans, counselors, faculty and staff that all ensured these students knew about the number of opportunities available at LSU.”
Among incoming freshmen, the diversity population is up at 30 percent over last year’s freshman class.
LSU is seeing historic numbers elsewhere as well. The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College is projected to enroll 740 students, making this the largest honors class ever.
Alexander added, “While we are excited about the incoming students, we also have higher expectations on our outcomes and student success. Universities should be measured by the things that impact families – student debt, starting salaries, graduation rates, and financial aid support, and we anticipate this stellar freshman class will rank highly in those outcome measures that matter the most.”