More Arizona residents are opting to attend the University of Arizona, whose incoming class this fall also features ethnic diversity, high academic performance and an increase in international transfer students. The UA began its new semester on Aug. 22.
Fall enrollment figures indicate that the UA will welcome more than 10,000 new students including more than 8,000 new freshmen and more than 2,000 transfer students — not including students returning after a break in their education.
Overall, 56 percent of freshmen are Arizona residents, up from 53 percent last year.
Ethnic minorities constitute 42.6 percent of freshmen, up from 41.1 percent last year.
The overall grade-point average for first-time, full-time freshmen is 3.51, up from 3.38 last year, and the average SAT score is up six points from last year.