With 317 first-time freshmen, Louisiana State University Alexandria has its largest full time freshman class since 2007, when selective admissions were implemented at LSU Alexandria.
Overall enrollment for fall 2012 stands at 2,431, which is a decline of 182 students from fall 2011. Among the factors that contributed to the decline were decreases in both transfer students and “re-entry” students, or those who had been LSU Alexandria students in the past.
The retention rate between freshman and sophomore year was also down, but national trends indicate that almost one in three freshmen do not return for their sophomore year for a variety of reasons.
LSU Alexandria is using new tutoring efforts to improve retention rates, as well as establishing learning communities and study groups on campus.
Since LSU Alexandria is a selective admissions institution, not all students who apply are eligible for full admission immediately. This fall, 342 students did not meet the admissions criteria for LSU Alexandria and were referred to LSU Eunice through an agreement between the two schools. The agreement enables students to complete the necessary coursework with LSU Eunice on LSU Alexandria’s campus then transfer to LSU Alexandria.