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May 15, 1998

Bousquet expects another large freshman class

by Diana Pounds

Last fall, Iowa State enrolled 4,006 freshmen, the university's largest freshman class since 1985.

"With 3,542 enrollment deposits on hand as of May 1, the university is on track to exceed its enrollment target," said David Bousquet, assistant vice president for enrollment.

In the coming weeks, faculty and staff will complete the recruitment of the class of 2002, Bousquet said, while turning attention to the class of 2003. More than 80,000 high school juniors in 47 states have received recruitment literature, and record numbers of prospective fall 1999 freshmen are expected to visit this summer, he added.

Bousquet said recent recruiting successes reflect "efforts of unparalleled scope by the entire university community."

"Literally hundreds throughout the campus have helped," he said. "Facilities, planning and management staff helped us make good first impressions on our visitors through high quality work on the grounds and buildings. Academic advisers and faculty generously gave advice to many of the thousands of visitors, while residence staff offered visitors daily tours and complimentary lunches.

"In addition, administrators made recruitment and enrollment a priority, as evidenced by their financial support for scholarships and recruitment initiatives," Bousquet said. "And volunteers -- students, parents and others -- in alumni and admissions groups put in thousands of hours on recruitment activities."

The Ames Community also lent a hand. Mayor Ted Tedesco and his predecessor, Larry Curtis, wrote congratulatory letters to the parents of every freshman applicant offered admission.

Letter to the ISU community:

To the Editor:

I would like to extend a special thanks to all in the university community who have helped the university achieve its enrollment goals this year. A partial list of unsung heroes in this effort would have to include: facilities, planning and management staff, academic advisers and faculty who provided advice to visitors, college-based minority liaison officers and minority student affairs staff, faculty and staff in county extension offices, the university recruitment coordinating committee, the university honors program staff, athletic department, university relations, residence department, student affairs, provost office, institutional research, university marketing, continuing education, career planning and placement, treasurer's office, Memorial Union and the Alumni Association.

Thanks also go to volunteers in the Student Alumni Associates, Student Admissions representatives, Alumni Admissions Councils and Parents Advisory Board; administrators, central and college-based, who financially supported scholarships and recruitment efforts; and Ames Mayor Ted Tedesco and former Mayor Larry Curtis, for their letters of congratulations to the parents of freshman applicants.

In addition, I am personally indebted to the entire staff of the units within enroll-ment services -- admissions, student financial aid, campus visits and orientation and special recruitment. They have risen to every challenge with zeal.

-- David Bousquet
Assistant vice president for enrollment

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