LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has 13,135 students enrolled for the fall semester, the university said Wednesday.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has 13,135 students enrolled for the fall semester, the university said Wednesday.


The university had 13,552 students enrolled at the same time last year. ASU officials attributed the decrease to higher admission criteria, significant recent graduation totals and a dip in international and degree centers registration.


This fall’s enrollment total includes 1,699 freshmen, or 100 more than last year. The university said the freshman class is the most academically prepared in its history, with first-time students posted an average ACT score of 23.9 — surpassing the state average of 20.4 and the national average of 21.


The freshman class’ composite grade point average is 3.47, up from 3.44 last year.


The university also said its Honors College admitted a record-high number of freshman and has a record-high total enrollment.


ASU officials said the university’s first-year retention rate hit a new all-time high with 74.8 percent for 2014, and the percentage of students in remedial courses has dropped by almost 50 percent over the past five years.


The impact of opening five new houses on Sorority Row last fall is reflected in Greek participation up double-digits for both fraternities and sororities over last year, ASU said.