Fox delivers CU enrollment report to regents

Published: Sept. 12, 2012

Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Kelly Fox told the University of Colorado Board of Regents today that early enrollment projections for CU-Boulder this fall show gains among some undergraduate new freshmen of color and overall an increase in international students, but a 1.7 percent decline in overall enrollment.

Fox presented a slate of pre-census enrollment figures that showed:

  • New freshmen enrollment projected at 5,500, higher than the 10-year average of approximately 5,400
  • Diversity increasing – 22 percent of new freshmen are students of color with key areas of growth including African-American new freshmen up over 20 percent to over 130; American Indian new freshmen up 14 percent to around 90, and Asian American new freshmen up 10 percent to over 375
  • Total international enrollment up 14 percent to over 1,900, including a more than 30 percent increase in new international freshmen

Fox said the fall 2012 pre-census undergraduate resident enrollment was trending at 15,722, down 2.8 percent from the 2011 census number of resident undergraduates, which was 16,168.

She offered the possible explanation of increasing enrollment pressures from out-of-state institutions that offer more attractive merit based aid packages to the state’s best students.

Fox said CU’s numbers show that among those who were admitted but did not choose CU-Boulder last year, 57 percent went out of state or to a more expensive private school.

“We believe that could be due to the (merit aid) packages that were offered,” she said.

Fox said the resident projections also likely embody the fallout from the implementation of the ISIS student management system two years ago, which resulted in lower numbers of resident students enrolling at CU-Boulder.

In other business, the Board approved 7-0 (with Regent Joe Neguse absent and Chair Michael Carrigan abstaining) the university’s legal stipulations on prohibiting concealed carry weapons permits from campus housing facilities and public event venues.

The Board also voted 5-0 with three abstentions (Regents Ludwig, Carrigan and Griego) to oppose state Amendment 64, which would legalize marijuana in the state.