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Five first-year students at the 2005 convocation.

University of Minnesota freshmen at New Student Convocation on the first day of school (September 6). Over the past decade, freshman applications to the Twin Cities campus have increased by more than 70 percent.

Freshmen shining brighter at the U

Published on October 13, 2005

The quality of the incoming freshman class at the University of Minnesota continues to improve, according to enrollment data released by the University last Thursday (October 6). Of this year's freshmen on the Twin Cities campus, 73.8 percent came from the top 25 percent of their high school class--up from 55.8 percent in 1995.

"Although the academic profile of our incoming class is around the middle of the Big Ten universities, these numbers show excellent improvement and progress in attracting students who are prepared for the academic challenges of a major research university," said Provost Tom Sullivan in a presentation to the Board of Regents Educational Planning and Policy Committee.

In addition, Sullivan noted that:

Total student enrollment this year on the Twin Cities campus stands at 51,175, a slight increase over 2004. System-wide enrollment is 65,489, also a slight increase over last year.