More freshmen this year at Clarion University

From staff reports

Wednesday was freshman move-in day at Clarion University, and campus traffic was more backed up than at last year’s move-in.

That’s due to a 14% increase in the enrollment of first-time-in-college students on the Clarion campus.

The total number of freshmen jumped to 768, according to preliminary data. That’s up from last year’s 726 freshmen.

“This is the first increase in the freshman class in the last decade,” said David Dollins, associate vice president for enrollment management.

The top five counties from which students are enrolled are Allegheny, Clarion, Venango, Westmoreland and Jefferson.

Dollins noted that 38% of the incoming freshmen class ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, up from 33 percent last year. Seventy-four percent ranked in the top 50 percent, up from 70 percent last year.