Despite the enormous challenges necessitated by the ongoing global health emergency, thousands of students started fall classes at the University of Louisville Aug. 17 and preliminary totals show the number of incoming freshmen has increased slightly over last year.
As classes began on campuses transformed by the need for COVID-19-safe environments, the preliminary enrollment for the freshman class totals more than 2,800 students, up from approximately 2,600 in 2019. The five most popular majors are engineering, business, education, biology and psychology, but the health crisis has resulted in an almost 27% increase in the number of students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate public health programs.
The class remains diverse, with almost 20% of students identifying as African American or multiracial, and almost 7% as Latino.
The university has instituted on-campus mask requirements and is encouraging practices such as frequent testing, social distancing, proper hand-washing techniques and getting flu vaccines. A key element of UofL’s Pivot to Fall plan is hybrid classes that allow students and faculty to remain at safe distances through a combination of online and in-person learning. In addition, UofL continues to offer more than 35 completely online programs.
According to a preliminary count, more than 86% of all UofL undergraduate first-time students are enrolled in classes that combine both online and face-to-face instruction.
“Our Cardinals are not going to let the Covid-19 pandemic deter them from furthering their education,” said Neeli Bendapudi, UofL president. “They are back on campus and online, moving forward with their classes in safe and responsible ways. We welcome them and are thrilled to see them after a long absence.”
Here is a snapshot of the first-time freshman class:
More information about UofL’s Pivot to Fall plan, including the latest updates on UofL’s COVID-19 protocols, is available online.