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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

When classes resume at the University of Arizona on August 25, students will be a part of a new record.

The university is out with preliminary enrollment figures which show student diversity is projected to reach 41.4 percent, higher than last year's record-breaking 40 percent figure for minority enrollment.

The UA says the fall semester includes 7,800 new incoming freshmen, up from about 7,200 last year. 

"We are going against the national trend; our enrollment is increasing during a time that the number of high school graduates has just begun to rebound from one of the lowest points in many years," said Kasey Urquidez, the UA's associate vice president and dean of admissions in a press release.

Enrollment figures show students are primarily choosing studies in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM fields.

The UA also highlights some other enrollment facts:

· The total student enrollment, including undergraduate and graduate students, is projected to be 41,800.
· About 57 percent of incoming freshmen are Arizona residents.
· The total number of UA students living on campus in residence halls is 7,200.
· Applications from Arizona residents were up 20 percent this year, with 7 percent more students enrolling over last year. Top 5 states for non-Arizona residents are California, Illinois, Washington state, Colorado and Texas.
· More than 2,000 transfer students are expected.
· The top five declared majors, in order, are: pre-business, pre-physiology, psychology, biology and pre-pharmacy – most of which fall into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, field category.Also, the UA's more intentional recruitment focus resulted in substantial growth from a number of North American states and international countries.

The UA drew from a number of countries that saw little or no enrollment last year: Bolivia, Colombia, Finland and Indonesia. The UA also saw notable increases among students from countries like India, Japan, Norway and the Philippines.

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