Freshman Admission Process

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: John Delaney, UNF President

Our Dean has informed us that our freshman admissions yield has declined over the past two years, reducing significantly the number of FTIC students entering UNF. As a result we apparently have had to “backfill” with a larger number of transfer students than we would otherwise normally admit, to make up the enrollment deficit. Has the administration examined whether the declining numbers of FTICs is associated with freshmen mandatory housing and/or the desire to enhance the freshmen student profile through more stringent admission requirements?

 

Written response from Dr. Thomas Serwatka, Vice President & Chief of Staff to the President:

Our Dean has informed us that our freshmen admissions yield has declined over the past two years, reducing significantly the number of FTIC students entering UNF. As a result we apparently have had to “backfill” with a larger number of transfer students than we would otherwise normally admit, to make up the enrollment deficit.

Has the administration examined whether the declining numbers of FTICs is associated with freshmen mandatory housing and/or the desire to enhance the freshmen student profile through more stringent admission requirements?

The answer to this question is that we are definitely tracking freshmen admissions as a result of implementing freshman mandatory housing. The table below documents that a higher percentage of students who lived in housing returned to campus this fall than did students who lived off campus for various reasons. It should be noted that students living off campus, on average, had higher high school GPAs, ACTs or SATs. On campus students, on the other hand, had higher GPAs at UNF, they took and completed more credit hours.

 

The President’s Office is now working with Enrollment Services and the UNF Polling Lab to collected data on would-be FTICs admitted for fall 2013 who did not show up, to determine their reasons. The FTIC applicants and students entering since the mandatory student requirement went into place are likely to be the most closely tracked students we have ever had. We’re committed to seeing how this program is working and changing the face of the institution.

 

Tom

 

Figure 1.a. Initial Follow-Up on FTICs Enrolled in Mandatory Housing

  

FTICs Entering Fall 2012

On-
Campus
Housing
Off-
Campus
Housing
Percent of Students in

On- and Off-Campus Housing

89.8% 10.2%
Average Grade Point Average 2.95 2.85
Average Number of Hours Attempted 27.2 25.9
Average Hours Successfully Completed 24.5 22.6
Percent of Students Retained in Fall 2013

84.3%

80.8%

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