UAB will continue to focus on strong admission standards in 2008.
The minimum GPA required for admission will increase to 2.25 from 2.0. The ACT average required for admission will remain 20. The college-preparatory curriculum will be more stringent for the fall 2008 class. All entering freshmen will be required to have completed four years of English, three years of science (two must include labs), three years of math (Algebra I and higher), three years of social science, one year of foreign language and three additional core courses to total a minimum 17.
“Statistics demonstrate that students who complete a quality college preparatory curriculum in high school consistently score higher on standardized tests and are more likely to graduate from college as a result,” Bruns said. “A primary goal in enrollment management is not only to recruit a more academically talented freshman class but to graduate a higher percentage of students each year.”
Enrollment in UAB’s 40 doctoral and 44 masters programs was up 3.4 percent from fall 2006, said Bryan Noe, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School. Noe also presented his numbers during the November meeting of the Faculty Senate.
The number of students enrolling in graduate school classes for this fall was 4,449. Noe says Arts & Humanities (100 percent), Nursing (87.0 percent), Health Professions (44.1 percent) and Joint Health Sciences (21.2 percent) have had the largest increases in enrollment since 2002.
Public Health (9 percent) and Social & Behavioral Sciences (7.5 percent) also have had increases.