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This fall, Old Dominion University will welcome a record-breaking freshman class of approximately 2,500 students, the largest first-year class in university history, announced President Roseann Runte at the annual State of the University address Aug. 22.

The incoming freshman class surpasses the previous high of 2,107 students in 2006 by nearly 400. The students represent 25 states and more than 20 countries.

"The excellence of Old Dominion's faculty, along with new programs, fine facilities, dedicated staff and incredible school spirit are all factors in the increase in the number and quality of our applicants," said President Roseann Runte. "I am certainly proud of each new student and look forward to celebrating his or her successful academic experience!"

Old Dominion received more than 18,000 total applications for admission for undergraduate and graduate, an increase of nearly 7,000 applications in the past three years. It also marked a 16 percent increase in the number of applications from students with distinction -- students with a minimum 3.4 high school grade point average and an SAT score of 1200 or above.

In addition to first year students, the university saw a 14 percent increase in transfer student enrollments and a 21 percent increase in graduate student enrollments.

"The university's continued upward climb in enrollment and distinguished students is a testament to the exceptional efforts of the admissions staff under the direction of Alice McAdory," said John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement and admissions. "At Old Dominion, students know they will find nationally recognized faculty, cutting-edge research and innovative teaching in a profoundly multi-cultural atmosphere where individuality is valued."

Official fall enrollment numbers will be released in late October.

This article was posted on: August 21, 2007

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