Get those L’s up, newbies.

Despite the challenges of the global health emergency, thousands of students started fall classes at the University of Louisville this week — with a nice increase in the 2020-21 freshman class.

Preliminary enrollment for the freshman class is more than 2,800 students, up from approximately 2,600 in 2019. The five most popular majors are engineering, business, education, biology and psychology. The health crisis has resulted in an almost 27% increase in the number of students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate public health programs.

The university has instituted on-campus mask requirements and is encouraging practices such as frequent testing, social distancing, proper hand-washing techniques and getting flu vaccines. A key element of UofL’s Pivot to Fall plan is hybrid classes that allow students and faculty to remain at safe distances through a combination of online and in-person learning. In addition, UofL continues to offer more than 35 completely online programs.

According to a preliminary count, more than 86% of all UofL undergraduate first-time students are enrolled in classes that combine both online and face-to-face instruction.

Here is a snapshot of the 2020-21 freshman class:

  • 54.5% have some college credits
  • 19.6% are African American or identify as multiracial
  • 6.9% are Hispanic/Latino
  • 66.3% live on campus (down from 72% as reported last year) 
  • 25 is the average ACT score
  • 3.8 is the average high school grade-point average, based on a 4.0 scale
  • 24.9% are from outside Kentucky
  • 35 states are represented
  • 269 are part-time incoming freshmen
  • 33.7% are first-generation college students (number reflects a new definition of this breakout to align with national standards).

Total enrollment is estimated at more than 22,000 students.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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