A total of 1,786 degrees were awarded during the UL Lafayette’s 161st Commencement ceremonies Friday at the Cajundome and Convention Center.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s popularity with first-time freshmen is among the best in the nation.
UL Lafayette has been ranked among the Top 25 in U.S. News and World Report’s list of “Universities and Colleges Where Students Are Eager to Enroll.”
In the U.S. News rankings, UL Lafayette, at No. 24, was positioned between Dartmouth (23) and Duke (25). The University was the only Louisiana school on the list.
Stanford University had the highest yield among national universities, according to data submitted by 294 schools. U.S. News classifies a national university as one which offers a wide range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs.
Brigham Young University was second, followed by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yale was No. 5.
The list includes schools with selective admissions that have a high “yield.” The term refers to the percentage of students admitted by an institution who end up enrolling at the school.
UL Lafayette’s yield was almost 51 percent. The rankings are based on data from the Fall 2016 semester.
High yields reflect a school’s popularity among applicants, and the ability of a college or university to enroll an incoming freshman class composed of a large number of quality students.
Dr. DeWayne Bowie, vice president for Enrollment Management at UL Lafayette, said “the ranking by U.S. News and World Report reinforces what we already know.”
“Students want to attend the University, and we, in turn, attract academically-gifted students. We have raised our admissions standards over the last few years, and that translates into a higher caliber of incoming students.”
In Fall 2016, the 3,024 freshmen who enrolled at the University marked the third-largest freshman class in history. That class had the highest average GPA, 3.39, and the highest average ACT score, 23.87, in school history. It also included 160 high school valedictorians.
Current enrollment at UL Lafayette is 19,291.
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Photo: The Fall 2017 freshman class at UL Lafayette. Credit: Doug Dugas/University of Louisiana at Lafayette