The figure is made up of 2,058 men, representing 69.8 per cent and 921 women, accounting for 30.92 per cent of the total intake.
Professor Francis Bacho, Dean of the Wa campus of the University, made this known at the matriculation of the fresh students for the 2013/2014 academic year at the campus in Wa.
The Wa campus accommodates four Faculties of the University, which are the Faculties of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS), Planning and Land management (FPLM), School of Business and Law (SBL) and Faculty of Education (FE).
Professor Bacho said the huge infrastructure deficit in the campus was the single biggest hindrance to the admission of many qualified applicants into the University.
He urged the Student’s Representative Council (SRC) of the campus to use part or their resources to support the welfare of students on campus.
He advised the fresh men and women to apply themselves diligently to the challenges they would face on campus and work hard to realize the noble dreams that had brought them there.
Professor Kwabena Kyei Aboagye, Dean of the School of Medical and Health Sciences of the University, read the matriculation speech on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Yakubu Haruna.
He said a total of 19,151 persons applied for admission into the University and out of that number, 6,339 were offered admission across all the four campuses of Tamale, Nyankpala, Wa and Navrongo.
He said 952 persons applied for Post-graduate programmes out of which 197 were admitted.
There was an increase in this year’s admission over that of last, in response to a call by government to adjust admission figures upward to cater for the backlog of students arising out of the three and four year Senior High School system.
Professor Haruna observed that any further increase in future admissions would have a very serious adverse effect on the University’s academic infrastructure.
He advised the students to be disciplined and receptive to all the good things that would come to them in the lecture halls, adding that, they would never regret if they remain focused.