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UofL welcomes record first-year class

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville’s first-year enrollment is its highest on record for the fall 2022 semester at 2,944, an increase of 9 percent over last year, according to preliminary figures released.

Led by increases in the numbers of Black and Latino/Hispanic students and students from outside Kentucky, UofL has welcomed more first-year Cardinals this fall than ever before, said Lori Stewart Gonzalez, interim president. “More than 65% of these students are living on campus, many in our new, state-of-the-art residence halls,” Gonzalez said. “We are honored they chose us and are looking forward to a productive, successful year.”

Black students total 16.47% of first-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students, up from 13.99 percent last year, while Latino/Hispanic students total 8.49% of that group, up from 7% last year.

The most popular majors are business, engineering, education, psychology, nursing and biology. More than a third — 34.38% — are pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or health field (STEM+H).

Other highlights of the Class of 2026 are:
  • · 45.52% have some college credits
  • · 5.54% are Asian
  • · 5.84% identify as multi-racial
  • · 65.22% live on campus
  • · 35.12% are first-generation college students
  • · 27.58% are from outside Kentucky, representing 37 states
  • · 3.6 is the average high school grade-point average, based on a 4.0 scale
  • · 237 are part-time.
UofL this year completed construction of a Belknap Campus residence hall complex primarily for first-year students. The new buildings are in the heart of Belknap Campus near classroom buildings, the Swain Student Activities Center, Ekstrom Library and the Interfaith Center. In addition, another new Belknap Campus residence hall, Denny Crum Hall, opened near the basketball practice facility.
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