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As the Blue Sky project advances, enrollment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will increase by as much as 33 percent. We will proudly help as many as 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students achieve their educational goals. We will achieve this through a multipronged approach: by strategically investing in our faculty, by rewarding pedagogical innovation and teaching excellence, by building communication and research bridges between students, faculty and the community, by growing degree programs, and by increasing funded research.

The incoming class in fall 2016 was 35% larger than in fall 2015. The current headcount is 3,005 students, well short of the goal of 4,000 but the first increase since fall 2013, when the College saw a five-year high of 3,215 students. The fall 2016 figures represent an encouraging reversal of recent downward trends at the undergraduate level, while graduate student totals have yet to recover.


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