PUC: Higher-caliber students flocking to university

2013-07-26T19:45:00Z 2013-07-26T23:26:06Z PUC: Higher-caliber students flocking to universityTimes Staff nwitimes.com
July 26, 2013 7:45 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Students enrolling at Purdue University Calumet today are better prepared to earn their degrees that past students, officials there said.

Purdue Calumet has seen average SAT/ACT scores, high school grade point average and the high school class rank of its entering freshman class increase during the past four years, university officials said.

From fall 2009 to 2012, the average SAT and ACT scores at Northwest Indiana’s largest university have jumped from 1371 to 1447 and from 19.9 to 21.5, respectively. The percentage of freshman who achieved a high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher leaped from 6.7 percent to 21.5 percent.

As for high school class rank, university freshmen who graduated in the top 10 percent of their classes increased from 10 percent to 15 percent.

Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon said the numbers indicate his university is becoming a stronger academic institution.

"It is our intention to continue building a foundation of academic quality and excellence in adapting to our changing environment,” he said.

That environment includes different enrollment trends and diverse options by which higher education is being delivered, he said.

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