DU student population up 2.5%, but proportion of males down

Dillard’s student population increased 2.5 percent this fall, to 1,292, or 31 more students, according to census data released by Dr. Willie Kirkland, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

In comparison, DU enrollment was 1,261 last fall.

The female-male ratio is 72 percent to 28 percent, up from last spring, when two-thirds of students were female.

Freshmen remain the largest class, with 362 incoming freshmen and 99 returning freshmen. Sophomores numbered 256, followed by 209 juniors and 223 seniors. Transfers and students listed as “other” were 56 and 21, respectively.

Biology boosted Public Health out of the top spot for majors, with 184 students and 159, respectively. They were followed by Business Administration, 125; Psychology, 120 students; and Mass Communication, 99.

The smallest majors are Mathematics and Actuarial Science, with seven; and Nursing RN to BSN, with five. Some 66 students were listed as undecided, and another seven as “non-degree.”

Most of Dillard’s students, 773 or nearly 60 percent, still are from Louisiana, and the number is up 4.5 percent compared to last fall.

The leading states for out-of-state enrollment are California, 139; Texas, 128; Illinois, 64; and Alabama, 32. Some 28.1 percent of DU students are from these four states combined.

 (Jessica Lodge contributed to this report.)