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Contact: Christine Payton Aug. 25, 2008
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Dr. SavoieThe University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s new president Dr. E. Joseph Savoie greeted students at the Cajun Field bus stop as they headed to morning classes today. Savoie boarded several busses and greeted students with well wishes for the semester’s start.

“ I think it is important for students to see that someone is concerned about them,” said Savoie. “I wished them good luck on their first day and let them know the university cares about them.”

The semester officially started last week, but classes began today.

“ All indicators are that we have brought in another well prepared, motivated, talented class.  We're pleased and excited,” said Dan Rosenfield, director of Enrollment Management. “As always, the first day of the fall semester is very busy.  And, as always, lots of folks at the university are doing their best to accommodate both new and returning students and help them get the year off to a smooth start.”

Preliminary numbers indicate a slightly larger incoming freshman class than last Fall’s 2,622. Of this year’s class, preliminary numbers show that nearly 800 freshmen registered with a 3.5 high school GPA or higher. That’s higher than Fall 2007 numbers of 749.

Final enrollment numbers won’t be determined until a few weeks into the semester as students are still registering and being admitted.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It's a public institution that awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes - Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns - compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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