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UNA's Fall 2021 Freshman Cohort Up More Than Nine Percent From Fall 2020

Sep. 01, 2021

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

FLORENCE, AL - More than 1,000 freshmen are part of the Fall 2021 enrollment at the University of North Alabama, contributing to a more than nine percent increase from the freshman count in the fall of 2020.

"We are especially proud of this significant gain among our freshmen cohort for Fall 2021," said Dr. Ross Alexander, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. "This initial data indicates that UNA is well-positioned to have another record-breaking enrollment this semester. A number of folks on campus contributed to this very positive news, none more so than Julie Taylor, Executive Director of Admissions and Enrollment Innovation and the Admissions team."

Taylor and those in Admissions work most closely with incoming freshmen.

"We hear from so many of our incoming freshmen that they crave the in-person experience that UNA has to offer," she said. "UNA is able to provide high-quality academics as well as a first- rate experience for students, whether they are on-campus or online."

The 1,015 freshmen enrolled this fall indicate a 9.1 percent increase, and Alexander said he credits an increased scholarship budget, including the Computing Excellence Scholarship, eSports and Bass Fishing scholarships, and housing and meal plan scholarships; in addition to an overall prioritization of the Delores and Weldon Cole Honors College. Further, new strategies have been integrated into the enrollment plan for Early College and Dual Enrollment students who are increasingly choosing UNA.

UNA has experienced record enrollment for the past 10 semesters, even during the global pandemic when other higher education institutions have not fared as well. The final census date for Fall 2021 is October 29 in order to accommodate numerous online programs that use eight- week instructional formats, with new students enrolling for the first time in early October. Fall 2021 enrollment has already exceeded the record 8,361 registered in Fall 2020, and indicators point to a final enrollment figure well in excess of that number.


About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/