UB Law enrolls in success

Though Yale, Stanford and Harvard law schools may be top of the class this year according to U.S. News & World Report rankings, the University of Baltimore School of Law may have won the popularity contest.

The University of Baltimore School of Law had one of the highest increases in enrollment in 2011, U.S. News & World Report announced Tuesday.

Enrollment at law schools dropped 2 percent nationally last year compared to the previous admissions cycle. UB Law, however, saw a 3.7 percent increase in enrollment from the previous year. Of the students it accepted, 38.5 percent enrolled, giving it the tenth-highest increase in year-to-year enrollment in 2011.

UB Law placed 113th in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings released earlier this month.

The University of Virginia School of Law had the highest increased enrollment with 51.9 percent of its accepted students enrolling, a 12 percent increase from the previous year. Georgia State University College of Law came in second with a 52.7 percent enrollment rate, a 9.1 percent increase from the year before. The University of North Carolina School of Law took third place with a 53.7 percent enrollment rate, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous year.

Law schools sent out a total 175,085 acceptance letters in 2011 but only enrolled 44,366 students.

One thought on “UB Law enrolls in success

  1. This story is somewhat confusing. Are you saying that the “show-up rate” at UB (the percentage of accepted students who actually attend the school) had one of the highest increases in the Country last year over the previous year, or that the absolute number of students enrolling in the first year class at UB had one of the highest increases in the Country over the absolute number of students enrolling in the previous year. In describing UB, you use the language of absolute numer (i.e., “enrollment”), but in discussing schools with the highest rate of whatever it is you are talking about you also use the language of show-up rate (i.e., “accepted students enrolling”). The fact that UVA and Georgia State are the national leaders in whatever factor you are talking about, should give you a pretty good idea that the factor does not necessarily say anything about the quality of a school. In a tough economy people can choose a school in greater numbers (to simplify), either because they think it will give them a better chance of getting a job upon graduation, or because it is less expensive than other schools, will keep their debt lower, and reduce the need to get a high paying job upon graduation. The first of these factors is a compliment to the school, the second less so.

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