September 21, 1971


     Enrollment for the fall semester on the Lexington campus is
19,434 (including Lexington Technical Institute students working
toward a baccalaureate degree), an increase of 10 per cent, or 1,766
over the number of students enrolled a year ago (17,668, fall 1970);
6,164 are new students, 13,270 are returnees. Dr. Elbert Ockerman,
dean of admissions and registrar, said there are 15,646 undergraduate,
2,695 graduate, and 1,093 professional students.

     The greatest increase (16.5 per cent) in new students is in the
professional colleges. The Medical Center reports enrollment in its
five colleges has exceeded all past records. The College of Medicine
has enrolled 100 in its fall class, including 94 Kentuckians and six
out-of-state students. For the first time, the college has accepted
as special students two enrollees who have only two years' under-
graduate study. There are 131 freshmen inthe College of Nursing.
There are 450 in the College of Allied Health Professions. The
freshman class of the College of Dentistry has 57 students, largest
in the college's history. The total number of dental students now
is 212. The College of Pharmacy has the largest sophomore class
(96) in several years, bringing the college enrollment to 235 who
are working toward the ES degree. There are 24 students in the
Doctor of Pharmacy program and 16 are working toward a Ph.D in

     The record number of students on the Lexington campus, explains
Dr. Ockerman, is due to the significant increase in the number of ad-
vanced students returning to the campus. The number of students
transferring from the community colleges (750) to the Lexington campus
is down 200 from last fall, when 950 came to Lexington from the com-
munity colleges. Enrollment in the Graduate School is up 10 per cent,
with the number of students returning to graduate school up nine per
cent over last year. Dr. Ockerman said the senior class is a good
example of the retention increases in the various classes. "In 1965,
the senior class comprised 13 per cent of the total undergraduate
study body. This year the seniors are 24 per cent." With the en-
rollment in the 14 community colleges at 11,244 and 2,800 in the ex-
tension and evening class programs, total enrollment at the Univer-
sity now is 33,192.


     Dr. Richard Lowitt, associate dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences, who also holds the Hallam Professor of History chair at the
University, is at work on the topical majors program, a curriculum in-
novation designed to allow students to tailor their entire study program
to their special needs and interests.